Fine Free in '23!

RIPL cardholders now have fine-free lending status. For questions about this new policy, please see the How Do I  section, or click the Fine Free Policy box to read our post on this exclusive benefit for RIPL cardholders! 

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. 

Did you see the news stories about our name announcement? If not, read more about it here: 

Quad City Times, June 20, 2022

Quad, June 13, 2022

Our Quad Cities (WHBF), June 10, 2022

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 

More stories about this project: 

WVIK Quad Cities NPR, May 10, 2022

Our Quad Cities article (WHBF), May 10, 2022

Dispatch/Argus/Quad City Times, May 10, 2022

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

Currently, the "soft-opening" date for this additional branch is projected for late January 2023. Watch this page for updates. 

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