Memorial Day Closing

All Rock Island Public Library buildings will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. We reopen at normal times May 28. Remember to come see us at our Summer Reading kickoff on Thursday, May 30! 


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Homebound Delivery Services

Rock Island Public Library offers temporarily and permanently homebound residents a variety of ways to borrow materials without visiting the library. We’ll even help you choose books! 

New Homebound customers may call our Circulation Director at 309-732-7370 for more information. Remember, you may also appoint a representative to pick up materials for you. 


Sign Up for Homebound Delivery

RIPL Homebound Resources can bring books and audiobooks to your door, with up to 5 library items per delivery.

Patrons must chose to receive Staff-Selected library items or Self-Requested library items.

As a Staff-Selected Reader, customers receive a mystery bag delivery of 5 items once a month. These items are chosen by Homebound Service staff based on the preferences of your Homebound application.

As a Self-Requested Reader, customers place their own hold requests by phone or with our online catalog for specific titles. With Self-Requested items, deliveries may occur more than once a month. 

Homebound customers looking for specific titles as a Self-Requested Reader may call our Reference Department at 309-732-7341. Other helpful resources include our Best Seller Club, which automatically places you on hold for new books from a select list of authors.

Self-Requested or Staff-Selected delivery appointments are scheduled with our Homebound Delivery Coordinator. You can sign up online.

Homebound Delivery Application

Application and Library Cards for Homebound Delivery

Call 309-732-7335 or write to:

Rock Island Public Library
Circulation Department
401 19th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

If you prefer to have a friend or family member pick up your items directly from the library, you may designate an authorized representative. To add a representative to your library account, contact our Circulation Department. 

Apply for a new card or renew your expired card to start services.

Apply Online

Or request a library card application by mail by calling 309-732-7335

Ways to Find & Reserve Books

Librarian Picks Personal Shopper Form

Tell us what you like, and we'll recommend new titles based on your interests!

Best Sellers Club

Have an author whose books you don't want to miss? Register to be placed on hold automatically for bestselling author new releases.

Search our Catalog

Use PrairieCat's search features to find books by title, author, genre, subject, and more. Use the "Request it" button to place a hold.

Read or Listen from Anywhere

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Browse, download and read audiobooks and eBooks! Search for the free Boundless app in your favorite app store. 

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More than 15 million songs to stream AND download. Create playlists, listen to channels, stream full albums, or download your music (and keep it!) New music added daily. Mobile app available for iOS and Android.

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App available. Stream or download eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics, music, and movies, and more using your computer or smart device. Featuring The Great Courses and Craftsy, Hoopla has a little bit for everyone! Check out up to 10 items per month.

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Kanopy, the on-demand video streaming service! Choices include award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, world cinema, even PBS! App available.
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Kanopy Kids

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Stream movies, shows, and storytimes on Kanopy Kids! Find Elmo, Pinkalicious, and many other childhood favorites. Includes content rated by Common Sense Digital Media. App available.

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Download the Libby app to enjoy eBooks, eAudiobooks, and magazines on your computer, tablet or mobile device.
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Scholastic Book Flix

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Read-along eBooks, with non-fiction pairs. English & Spanish.

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