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Rock Island Main Library


401 19th St
Rock Island, IL 61201
Last Updated: May 1, 2015


About Rock Island Main Library

The Rock Island Public Library first opened to the public on November 25, 1872, in a rented location in downtown Rock Island. Because the pre-existing private library donated a location, books and the services of their director, Miss Ellen Gale, the Rock Island Library became the first public library to open for business in the State of Illinois. In 1903, the Main Library opened. Since our first days, we've continued to evolve, serving the public with a collection of community centers, outreach efforts, and online opportunities. Our locations include the Rock Island Main Library at 401 19th Street, the 30/31 Branch at 3059 30th Street and the Southwest Branch at 9010 Ridgewood Road.

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