New Hours As Of October 3!

Effective Monday, October 3, hours for our Downtown and Southwest Library locations will change. 

Downtown Library: Open 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm, Saturdays. 

Southwest Branch: Open 12pm to 8pm, Monday & Tuesday; 10am to 6pm, Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 2pm, Saturdays. 

Thes new hours help us prepare for the late 2022 opening of our Watts-Midtown Branch. Watch this website, Facebook, and our library email newsletters for updates! 

Board of Trustees

Rock Island Public 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 or send an email.
  • Regular 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 this page and in our events calendar.
  • 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 this page as PDF documents, viewable on any computer with Adobe Reader.

Meeting Dates

RIPL Board of Trustees Meeting

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Program Type: Board Meeting
Event Details:
The Rock Island Public Library Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5 pm at the Downtown Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island. Agendas and minutes are posted on our website in accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.&...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

RIPL Board of Trustees Meeting

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Program Type: Board Meeting
Event Details:
The Rock Island Public Library Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5 pm at the Downtown Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island. Agendas and minutes are posted on our website in accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.&...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

RIPL Board of Trustees Meeting

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Downtown Community Room
Program Type: Board Meeting
Event Details:
The Rock Island Public Library Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5 pm at the Downtown Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island. Agendas and minutes are posted on our website in accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.&...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

RIPL Trustees

Eudell Watts, III

Board President
Term Expiration Year
April 2022

Elizabeth Russell

Vice-President
Term Expiration Year
April 2023

Jacki Nelson

Secretary and Treasurer
Term Expiration Year
April 2023

Jo Noon

Trustee
Term Expiration Year
April 2023

Karen Phillips

Trustee
Term Expiration Year
April 2024

Patrick D. Mahar

Trustee
Term Expiration Year
April 2024

Dr. Yolanda Grandberry Pugh

Trustee
Term Expiration Year
April 2024

Jenni Swanson

Trustee
Term Expiration Year
April 2022

Deborah Freiburg

Trustee
Term Expiration Year
April 2022

Join the Board

Interested in serving on the library board of trustees? Please complete the application linked below and return it to:

Mayor's Office
Rock Island City Hall
1528 3rd Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201

Regular Meeting Agendas

Title Date File
September 2022 Meeting Agenda View Document
August 2022 Meeting Agenda View Document
July 2022 Meeting Agenda View Document
June 2022 Meeting Agenda - CANCELLED DUE TO QUORUM REQUIREMENT View Document
May 2022 Meeting Agenda View Document
April 2022 Meeting Agenda View Document

Special & Committee Meeting Agendas

Title Date File
August 2022 Personnel & Policy Committee Agenda View Document
April 2022 Building & Grounds Committee Agenda View Document
April 2022 Personnel & Policy Committee Agenda View Document

Approved Board Minutes

Title Date File
July 2022 Meeting Minutes View Document
May 2022 Meeting Minutes View Document
April 2022 Meeting Minutes View Document

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.

The Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District Board meets monthly on the fourth Thursday 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 on this page and in our events calendar.

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

MBAPLD Trustees

Elizabeth Bouslough

President

Donna Abolt

Treasurer

Tari Weeks

Secretary

Bill Favri

Trustee

Connie Schwab

Trustee

Phyllis Harvey

Trustee

Joan Aldrian

Trustee

MBAPLD Financial Reports