Get a Library Card

Who Can Get a Rock Island Public Library Card? 

If you live in Rock Island, Milan, or within the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District, you qualify! Cards are free. We require proof of address and Identification

What Cards are Available? 

Rock Island Library offers two types of cards: The My First Library Card for children six and under, and a standard, full access library card for ages six and up. 

What's So Special about the My First Library Card?

My First Library Card has built-in limits to help parents control use and build good library habits. Your child can use it to check out up to 10 children's items at all Rock Island Library locations with no fines. Internet use and holds are not avaiilable this card. Lost or damaged items will be charged.  


What Can I Do with a Full-Access Library Card? 

  • Borrow books and more materials from us, other Quad City libraries and from most other public libraries in the local area.
  • Use free online research tools to quickly find information you can't get just by searching the web. Find magazine articles, genealogy records, business and medical information, language learning tools, online encyclopedias, stock information, practice exams and more!
  • Check your account and renew some items online.
  • Use electronic services, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, online magazines, music downloading, and movie streaming services
  • Use our Internet and word processing PCs
  • How Do I Apply? 

Bring a photo ID with your current address. If your photo ID does not have a current address, you should bring a second form of ID with your current address.  A parent or designated guardian must provide ID for minor children (age 17 and under.) 

OK, What Else Do I Need to Know? 

  • If your card is lost or stolen, notify us immediately. You're responsible for items checked out on your card. 
  • You'll need to have your card with you to check out items, renew, or use computers. 
  • You can sign up for courtesy notices and keep track of your materials with eReceipts.  
  • Fees may be assessed for lost or damaged items. Cards may be blocked for misuse.