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Show your love for libraries!

You have many ways to help your library continue to offer top-quality services, from short-term donations to leaving a lasting legacy to your community. 

Donating funds for books or other library needs  

Monetary Donations: The Library gratefully accepts donations for book memorials. To donate, please call the Business Office at 309-732-7305. The Library will acknowledge your donation with a "purchased in memory of" book plate in items purchased.

You may also choose to supplement our collection with materials in a specific subject. For details, please contact us with your interest. We will look for gaps in our collection and provide suggestions that fit your specific interest.

Due to excess inventory, all Rock Island Library used bookstore locations are closed to book and material donations of any type at this time.

Please help us clear the shelves by buying the used books already on our shelves. With ongoing sales, you're sure to find some new treasures for your To  Be Read (TBR) Pile.

Please remember that disposing of materials we cannot use costs money and staff time. For questions about places that may accept your donations, please call our Reference Department at 309-732-7341.


Leave a lasting legacy through the Rock Island Public Library Foundation

Contact the Rock Island Public Foundation: P.O. Box 4723, Rock Island, IL 61204-4723
Call or Email:
Foundation director Kathy Lelonek at 309-732-7326 or email.

The Rock Island Public Library Foundation is a private 501c3 foundation set up in 1986 to support special, non-operational needs of the Rock Island Public Library with the added advantage of tax-deductibility. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, so contributions to the Foundation are the ideal way to create a lasting legacy. Foundation donations to the library are allocated through a grant process. 

Special focus areas of the Foundation include: 
  • Children's Materials
  • Art & Drama Programs
  • Library Beautification Projects
  • Special Programs and Education
  • Adult Materials
  • Specialized Equipment and Furniture

The Foundation funds the purchase of a free book for each child attending Hug-A-Book eventsUnrestricted contributions allow the Foundation to address emerging needs of the library, putting grant dollars where they do the most good. Foundation contributions have funded subscriptions to Bookletters (a reader's recommendation service) and, self-check machines, special art and drama programming, Hug-A-Book early learning programming, Children's Room redecorating, and a majority of the cost of the South entrance portico at our Main Library.

Tools available to donors who wish to make a lasting legacy to libraries include: 
  • Tributes to a Loved One
  • Named Memorial Funds
  • Life Insurance Designations
  • Estate Bequests
  • Gifts-in-Kind
  • Matching Gifts
  • Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Remainder Trusts or Revocable Trusts

Please consult your legal or tax professional for specific advice about how to include the Rock Island Library Foundation in your estate or tax plans.

Contributions may sent payable to the Rock Island Library Foundation, P.O. Box 4723, Rock Island, IL 61204-4723.
For questions about the Rock Island Library Foundation, please call Foundation director Kathy Lelonek at 309-732-7326 or email.



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