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Join our PALS!

PALS is a volunteer organization formed under the Rock Island Public Library Foundation. You'll find our PALS working at monthly book sales, speaking up for the value of our library to the community, and helping with programs.

Read Beyond the Paywall with our Newspaper Resources!

In addition to the New York Times Online, we now offer the Newsbank database suite, which significantly expands your access to digital newspapers at no cost!  It includes more than 2,500 local, regional, and national newspapers, and  TV news content. 

Newsbank products include: 

Snow Many Books Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Reading is "Snow" Much Fun. We have "Snow" Many Books to Share! 

January 12 to March 1, 2024. 

Enter and participate with Beanstack OR ask/download the print log. Choose just one way or the other.

RIPL Cardholders Are STILL Fine Free

Our Fine Free policy for RIPL cardholders wasn't only for our anniversary year - it's an ongoing policy! That means that late fines for Rock Island Public Library (RIPL) cardholders are mostly a thing of the past.

RIPL's 150th Anniversary

2022 marks the start of our 150th year as a public library, and that’s a great reason to celebrate! The Rock Island Public Library began November 25, 1872, the first in Illinois to actually open for business after the passing of the 1872 Illinois Local Library Act.