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! 

Library Card Registration Policy

Policy Statement:

All residents of the municipality of the City of Rock Island, Illinois and all residents in a service area which has contracted with and paid for library services through the Rock Island Public Library are eligible for a free library card. Non-resident fee based and non-resident Taxpayer based cards may be issued to qualifying individuals. With few exceptions, all Rock Island Public Library card holders in good standing have access to all materials and databases that the Rock Island Public Library provides. Limited reciprocal access may be given to qualified patrons with valid library cards from libraries outside PrairieCat. All individuals applying for a Rock Island Public Library card must present photo ID and verification of their current address when applying in person. Individuals residing in the Rock Island Public Library service area may apply for a full access card online, via the library’s website.

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