Rock Island Library branch to remain open for now

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) — The Rock Island Public Library’s 30th Street and 31st Avenue location will remain open past January 2017. In a report to the Rock Island City Council on Monday night, November 28, 2016, officials say the branch was saved by a combination of behind-the-scenes budget work, shortened hours and improvements in property values.

Library Director Angela Campbell explained that the budget situation evolved a lot since the preliminary summary months before.

“Between July and now, much has happened. Although we are still looking at a deficit for 2017, we are moving closer to a balanced budget. Keeping the 30/31 branch open in 2017, with more limited hours, is a compromise that provides the library board with the time and breathing room to determine the future direction of our library facilities.”

The library foundation is currently involved in a funding study related to the building plan.

“By next year, we will have a clearer picture of the direction for our facilities. We are listening and working with the City to make this happen for the benefit of the City and all its citizens, while continuing to be a responsible with our community-based funding,” added Campbell.

Officials say the library’s Southwest Branch will remain open due to a revised three-year contract with the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District. The new contract takes effect July 2017, the beginning of their fiscal year. Due to staff reorganization, hours for both branches will change as of January 3, 2017:

  • 30/31 Branch hours: Monday & Tuesday 9:00 am to 5:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday Noon to 8:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The branch will be open 48 hours per week.
  • Southwest Branch hours: Monday & Tuesday Noon to 8:00 pm; Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00pm. This branch will also be open 48 hours per week,
  • Main Library hours will remain the same at Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday & Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Main Library will be open a total of 60 hours per week.

Anyone with questions about library hours or services and visit www.rockislandlibrary.org or call 309-732-READ.

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