New Library Plans

East Moline Public Library Frequently Asked Questions:

How are you going to pay for this? The library has already committed $3.4 million and we are counting on philanthropy and/or government support for the remaining $2.2 million.

When will construction start?  We hope to start building in 2020.

Why do we even need a library?  Our library is the center of our community with over 100,000 visits per year.  It’s about access to information and bridging the digital divide; for employment; for training and basic technology needs as well as providing community meeting space for collaboration and education. It is the single most used publicly funded organization in East Moline.

Why does it cost so much when they are giving you the building?   The building is sound but not engineered for a library nor is it ADA compliant.  As well, we will need to build an addition to the building to ensure we have room for future needs.

If I give, where does my money go?  We have a fund at the The Moline Foundation which is fully tax deductible.  We can accept gifts of stock and real property.

What are you doing with the current library building?   In fact, we own 8 lots in the area.  Our plan is to sell them, in coordination with the City, to create revenue for this project.  We have no intention to leave the property vacant.

What will happen during construction?  The current site will serve the community until the new site opens.

How old is the current building? A fixture in our community since 1915, the East Moline Public Library has been in our current building for 85 years. The last major renovation was 60 years ago.

How is the library currently funded?   The library receives 90% of its funding through local property tax. Currently that is 0.25% of the assessed value per year as approved by voters in the referendum of 1990.

How is the library governed?   By a 9 member board of citizens appointed by the Mayor of East Moline.

How you can help:

Check out our Capital Campaign website to learn how you can make a gift!

In the News:

Here is a great news clip on the announcement of the new building:

Here is an article on the very generous donation from Mr. Woodworth, an East Moline native:


Here is a great interview that our director Laura did for Living Local: