Memorial Day Closing

Rock Island Library buildings and Library2Go will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. 

Watts-Midtown Library (Coming soon!)

Architect's rendering of new Watts-Midtown branch entrance plaza

Coming Attractions: The Watts-Midtown Library!

Named in honor of the enduring support shown to the library by Eudell Watts, III, and his late mother, Lorene Evans Watts, the Watts-Midtown Branch will occupy a portion of the Two Rivers YMCA facility on 30th Street, Rock Island. 

When complete, the branch will offer highly-accessible library services and resources in a centrally-located neighborhood.  Future amenities include: 

  • Modest collection for convenient borrowing
  • Meeting and study group spaces
  • Teen area and resources, for convenient access by students in nearby schools
  • Upgraded technology for digital accessibility 
  • Community Room for hosting larger programs 
  • Extended parking and easy access 
  • Outdoor access for programs and reading 

Other than cosmetic upgrades and ongoing maintenance, the Rock Island Downtown and Southwest Libraries remain unchanged and in place. 

Supply chains and construction schedules make it difficult to predict a definitive opening date, but late 2022/early 2023 is our best estimate. When we know, we'll update you via this page! 

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