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Library Learning & Research Resources

The Reference Department at our Downtown Library can help you find print and online materials, file interlibrary loan requests, use new technology, or discover your next great read. Resources include our:
  • Non-fiction collection, including print and online encyclopedias
  • Article and newspaper indexes
  • RIHS yearbooks, both in our historical collection and online (Internet Archive now available!)
  • Computer resources, including wireless hotspots and time on public computers
  • Consumer and medical information, business and stock research
  • Newspapers on microfilm at Downtown Library
  • Historical Room at Downtown Library
The Library also has set aside specialized collections of information at the Downtown Library, including materials on citizenship, business, and careers. You'll also find the Federal Jobs Digest in the Careers section at the Downtown Library. For assistance, please check with the Reference Desk staff. 

Reference help available during regular hours at the Downtown Library, by phone at 309-732-7341, chat or by email.

 

Online Tools: Available for free use anytime with your RIPL card

You can use these online tools 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any device connected to the Internet.
Also available at any Rock Island Library location during business hours. Most require a Rock Island Public Library card. 
 

Current Hours & COVID Mitigations

Downtown

401 19th Street, Rock Island
(309) 732-7323
Dial-A-Story: 309-732-7002


Library open for quick browsing, borrowing:
Monday-Friday: 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am to Noon


Curbside Pick-up: Monday-Saturday
During building hours by appointment

Unvaccinated? Mask up inside buildings.
Vaccinated persons may choose to mask or not.


For computer use, just sign in
See desk for WiFi/Newspaper chair

No other seating available

Library2Go Mobile Library:

Entry allowed for 2 adults/2 children from same household

 
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Southwest

9010 Ridgewood Road, Rock Island
(309) 732-7338
Dial-A-Story: 309-732-7002


Library open for quick browsing, borrowing:
Monday-Friday: 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am to Noon


Curbside Pick-up: Monday-Saturday
During building hours by appointment

Unvaccinated? Mask up inside buildings.
Vaccinated persons may choose to mask or not.


For computer use, just sign in
See desk for WiFi/Newspaper chair

No other seating available