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Homework Help

In addition to books and non-fiction resources, encyclopedias and test-taking guides, your Rock Island Library subscribes to a number of electronic services to help with your homework. 

Need help with tutoring, writing, skill-building or test preparation?

HelpNOW, from Brainfuse: One-on-one homework help, state-aligned skills building, and a 24-hour writing lab. 
  • Connect to live tutors, submit papers for writing feedback, create flashcards, create videos, meet with your classmates online.
  • HelpNow is for Kindergarten through early college learners.
  • Adult Learners - use the HelpNow Adult Learning Center to prepare for GED or citizenship tests, brush up on an academic skill, or even build skills with using Microsoft Office products. 

Need to find a source or citation for a paper?

  • First Search - Search hundreds of magazines and libraries worldwide for articles and other materials.  A username and password are required.  Contact the Rock Island Public Library Reference desk for more information.
  • IssueLab - IssueLab provides access to resources analyzing the world's most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges and their potential solutions.  Offered by the Foundation Directory Online.
  • ‚ÄčMasterFile Premier - Journal and magazine abstracts and full-text articles from over 1,700 periodicals.
  • World Book Online - Fast facts you can trust!

A Rock Island Library card in good standing is required to access these tools from a home Internet connection. They're also available from Rock Island Public Library personal computers. To access a personal computer at the library, you will need a current library card from an area library.

Want to work on basic skills with your child? 

  • Use our subscription from library computers.
  • Build skills with learning games from the AWE Early Literacy Stations in the children's areas of our locations.



401 19th Street, Rock Island
(309) 732-7323
Curbside Pick-up available
By appointment only

Return items via book drops
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9010 Ridgewood Road, Rock Island
(309) 732-7338
Curbside Pick-up available
By appointment only

Return items via book drops