Does the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum offer locations for rental events?
Yes. We are pleased to offer distinctive locations within the Library for business meetings, seminars/conferences, receptions, luncheons, dinners and other events. The Museum is a wonderful location for evening receptions and dinner. Union Station is our newest venue and is available for evening events.
When are locations at the ALPLM available for rental events?
The Museum is available for evening events. The Museum is available for evening events all days except Wednesdays. Museum events may begin as early as 6:00 p.m. and may run until 10:00 p.m.
In the Library, daytime events may occur from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Set up may begin at 7:30 a.m.) Evening events may occur between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Union Station is available for evening events between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Rental events may occur seven days a week. Rental events may be possible on State of Illinois holidays, IF staffing is available. Additional charges may apply.
How far in advance are rental reservations accepted?
Reservations are accepted up to one year in advance. Exceptions may be made for special circumstances. Please speak with the Facilities Rental Office about any possible exceptions.
What options are there for catering?
Secret Recipes is the designated caterer for all events at the ALPLM.
Rental clients may select an outside caterer if they wish. However, an additional surcharge of 25% of the rental charge will apply. The outside caterer must provide all appropriate licenses and insurances and sign an Outside Caterer Agreement.
See Catering for further information.
What are the costs of renting locations in the ALPLM?
The rental charge is set per room. Day/evening rates, as well as half-day rates are available for Library rental locations.
We offer locations within the Library, the Museum, and Union
Station for business meetings, conferences, receptions, dinners,
wedding receptions and other events.
Are there certain policies that apply to holding a rental event at the ALPLM?
Yes. Events at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum must be social, cultural, recreational, corporate, educational or personal in nature. The ALPLM cannot be used for promotional events, commercial events, rallies or political events. Renting an interior space for an event provides no use of any exterior areas.
See Facilities Rental Policies for complete information.
Is it possible to have a wedding ceremony at the ALPLM?
No. The Library, the Museum and Union Station are not available for wedding ceremonies. However, wedding receptions may be held at the Library or Museum.
Wedding ceremonies may be held at Union Square Park. See Request a Union Square Park Permit for more information.
Is insurance required from a rental client?
Yes. Any company, not-for-profit organization or individual wishing to rent a venue at the ALPLM must present a certificate of insurance 30 days before the event date.
Only State of Illinois agencies and Federal government agencies do not have to provide insurance. Please see Insurance Requirements or Facilities Rental Policies for additional information, or feel free to give the Facilities Rental Office a call with any questions.
Does renting a location in the Library for an evening event grant guests access to the Museum's exhibits?
No. An evening Museum rental event is the only way to have access to the Museum's exhibits or theaters. A Museum rental event offers a rental client's guests the opportunity to be the sole visitors to the Museum that evening and the Museum provides a magnificent venue for a reception or dinner.
Are there spaces in Union Square Park or Union Station that are available for rental events?
Union Station is our newest rental venue. Unfortunately, Union Square Park is not available as a rental venue.
Do you offer packaged daytime event options?
Yes. Our Luncheon at the Library and To a Tea event options offer groups of 30 to 60 people a delicious meal, Museum admission, a souvenir to remember their day at the Museum and a welcome from a Museum representative.