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Library Board of Trustees

The Rock Island Public Library is governed by a nine-member volunteer Board of Trustees, appointed by the Mayor of Rock Island. The Board is responsible for hiring the library director, setting library policy, and approving the annual budget. Members must reside in Rock Island.

To contact the board, please call the library director at 309-732-7300.
  • 2020 regularly scheduled board meetings start at 5:00 pm on the third Tuesday of each month at the Downtown Library, 401 19th Street, 2nd Floor.
  • Meetings are posted on our Find Events page.
  • Time is provided at the beginning of each meeting for brief public comment.
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted at all Rock Island Public Library locations and on the Board Meetings page.

Interested in serving on the library board of trustees? Please complete the attached application and return it to the Mayor's Office, Rock Island CIty Hall, 1528 3rd Avenue, Rock Island.

2020 Library Board of Trustees

Board President Eudell Watts, III
Vice-President Elizabeth Russell
Secretary and Treasurer Jacki Nelson
Trustees Kevin Koski
  Karen Phillips
  Patrick D. Mahar
  Holly Sparkman
  Jenni Swanson
  Deborah Freiburg

Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District

The Rock Island Public Library also provides services by contract to residents living within the taxing district of the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District. Residents of these areas receive a Rock Island Library card with full access to all library services and materials. Board members are elected officials.

2020-21 Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District Trustees

President Elizabeth Bouslough
Treasurer Donna Abolt
Secretary Tari Weeks
  Sally Vetter
  Phyllis Harvey
  Joan Aldrian

The Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District Board meets monthly on the fourth Thurday at 4 pm during the months of January, April, May, June, July, August, September, and a special meeting the third Thursday at 4 pm, in November at the Southwest Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road. Meetings of the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District are posted at Rock Island Library locations and on our Find Events page.

To contact the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District board of trustees, please call the library director at 309-732-7300.


401 19th Street, Rock Island
(309) 732-7323
Monday - Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday 9am - 5pm



9010 Ridgewood Road, Rock Island
(309) 732-7338
Monday - Tuesday  12pm-8 pm
Wednesday-Saturday  9am-5pm