Library Services

How to get a library card

Library cards are provided free of charge to all residents of our district, as part of your tax-supported library services. Your card gives you borrowing privileges here and at most public libraries in Illinois, access to special online resources, and more!

If you live in our service area, you may get a library card free of charge, as part of your tax-supported library service.

Your library card allows you to:

  • Borrow books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and video games from us.
  • Borrow materials from other libraries across Illinois.
  • Use special online collections to find magazine articles and information you can’t get just by searching the web.
  • Access East Moline Library services, such as Community Passes, RBDigital eaudiobooks and emagazines, as well as WiFi Hotspot rentals.

To get a library card, simply come to the library and tell us you would like to get a card.  You will have to bring along a photo ID and proof of your current East Moline address.

Request InterLibrary Loan items:

Didn’t find what you were looking for at East Moline Library? Let us help you search the PrairieCat system to check the libraries in Illinois for your item!

After requesting an item from another library, your item will be shipped to the East Moline Library. You’ll receive an automated phone call or email to notify you that you’re item is available. Visit the front desk to receive your item!

If the item you are looking for is not available at any of the Illinois libraries that we associate with, and you are an East Moline patron, the library has a free service to request items from libraries across the globe.

You must have an East Moline Public Library card to request items out of system here at EMPL. For questions and comments, you can call 309-755-9614 and ask for Mary or Tami, or email

Reference Desk

If you have a question you’re having trouble finding the answer to, our reference staff is here to help!  Just call (309-755-9614) or email us ( and we will do our best to find the answer for you.


We have 12 computers for public use: 8 downstairs on the main floor and 4 upstairs in the children’s room.

Main Floor: We have 8 public internet computers that are always available during library hours. When you sign up for a computer you are guaranteed one hour of time. You may stay on longer only if no one else is waiting. Printing is available from all computers at 10¢ per printed page side. These computers ONLY print in Black and White. Everyone who uses a library computer must follow our policy regarding computer and Internet use.

Children’s Room: We have 4 public internet computers that are available during library hours. You are guaranteed 30 minutes of time. If no one else is waiting, you may stay on longer. After school hours, these computers are for kids so they can do their homework. Printing is available at these computers. You may print in black and white, or COLOR is available as well, ranging from 25¢ to $1, depending on how much color is on the page. Everyone who uses a library computer must follow our policy regarding computer and Internet use.

Photocopier & Fax Machine

A black and white copier is available for public use by the front door for 10¢ per printed page side. Color copying is not available.

Faxes can be sent or received on our fax machine.  To send a fax, the cost is a flat fee of $1.00 for local and toll free numbers, $2.00 for long distance numbers. We do not send to international numbers. To receive a fax, the cost is a flat fee of $1.00.

Meeting Room

Our community room is available to groups wishing to hold meetings or other activities. To request the room, you must ask for an application and return it to the circulation desk. Any group wishing to use the Community Room must agree to follow library policies.