Get a Library Card

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If you live in Rock Island, Milan, or within the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District, you may get a library card free of charge. Identification is required. Rock Island now offers two types of cards - one just for kids under 6 and one for ages 6 and up. 

My First Library Card: Designed just for ages birth to six, My First Library Card has built-in limits to help parents control use and build good library habits in their chidlren. The card is for use of the child only, and allows them to check out up to 10 children's items at all Rock Island Library locations. The card has no overdue fines. Internet use and holds are not avaiilable this card .Lost or damaged items will be charged.  The card is for use at Rock Island locations only, for Rock Island items. To apply , a parent or guardian must sign for the child, present a photo ID, and provide proof of residency. 

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Our standard Library Card is for ages six and up, and offers full access to library services. With it, you can: 

  • 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

Getting a Library Card: The Rock Island Public Library requires two forms of ID to apply for a library card. One form must be a photo ID. A parent or designated guardian must provide ID for minor children (under age 17.) 

Your Responsibilities: Use of a library card comes with certain responsibilties. If your card is lost or stolen, notify us immediately.  By applying for a card, you agree that you will comply with library policies for use of materials and services. To keep your card in good standing, return materials promptly and in good condition. Fees may be assessed for lost or damaged items. Cards may be blocked for misuse.

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