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TECH-SAVVY RESOURCES

Lifelong Learning and Inspiration

AUDIO AND DIGITAL BOOK SERVICE!
Click here to download an Audiobook from the cloudLibrary.
Available to all RPL cardholders. Just click here to download bestselling ebooks and other digital content. You can listen on any Windows computing device, transfer to a portable device or burn onto a CD. Titles automatically expire, so there are no last minute trips to the Library or late fees. Plus, you can listen from the convenience of home, work or anywhere you take your portable device. Using your library card is easier than ever at RPL!

UNLIMITED DIGITAL ACCESS!
Click here to access the BiblioBoard Library.
Tired of holds and wait time to read great books? Check out BiblioBoard Library for unlimited digital access to comics, novels, children’s books, videos and more. Biblioboard helps libraries and their communities to create, share and discover content. With no checkouts, turn-aways or waitlists, our BiblioBoard Library platform is a seamless experience for both librarians and patrons alike. Using your library card is easier than ever at RPL!

A GROUNDBREAKING DIGITAL MEDIA SERVICE!
Click here to access Hoopla.
Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by RPL that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily.

NEW DIGITAL RESOURCES
Click here to download an eBook or eAudiobook from cloudLibrary.
New Fiction e-books New Non-Fiction e-books New Non-Fiction Audiobooks
Contemporary Young Adult Author Spotlight Literary Audio Genre Spotlight Coming of Age
Contemporary Author Spotlight Civic Arena Politics and Public Affairs The Natural World
Business Children’s Fiction Young Readers What Rockford is e-reading?
Enjoy thousands of books at your fingertips!

UNLIMITED DIGITAL ACCESS!
Click here to access the BiblioBoard Library.
Tired of holds and wait time to read great books? Check out BiblioBoard Library for unlimited digital access to comics, novels, children’s books, videos and more. Biblioboard helps libraries and their communities to create, share and discover content. With no checkouts, turn-aways or waitlists, our BiblioBoard Library platform is a seamless experience for both librarians and patrons alike. Using your library card is easier than ever at RPL!

A CURATED DATABASE OF CHILDREN’S MATERIALS!
Click here to access the TumbleBook Library.
TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available through the Rockford Public Library. TumbleBook Library includes unique animated talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, and features Graphic Novels as well as Math Stories! It is designed specifically for kids in grades three to six. A great resource for tech-savvy kids, and teaches them the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.

A GROUNDBREAKING DIGITAL MEDIA SERVICE!
Click here to access Hoopla.
Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by RPL that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily.

RB DIGITAL ACCESS!
Click here to access RB Digital Magazines.
RBdigital puts the best entertainment and information at your fingertips. Now you can check out and enjoy your favorite audiobooks, magazines, and eBooks from Rockford Public Library! Check out thousands of exclusive Recorded Books audiobook titles, as well as audiobook and eBook content from all major publishers. RBdigital is the most comprehensive, effective, and engaging way to learn! Be sure to check out this amazing resource!

CHECK OUT FLIPSTER FOR DIGITAL MAGAZINES!
Click here to access Flipster.
Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine distribution service which lets users can access their favorite magazines from a variety of publishers through their local libraries. Accessible via a web browser or custom apps made specifically for Apple devices, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire tablet, with Flipster users can download magazines to read offline, anytime, anywhere.

A GROUNDBREAKING DIGITAL MEDIA SERVICE!
Click here to access Hoopla.
Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by RPL that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily.

UNLIMITED DIGITAL ACCESS!
Click here to access the BiblioBoard Library.
Tired of holds and wait time to read great books? Check out BiblioBoard Library for unlimited digital access to comics, novels, children’s books, videos and more. Biblioboard helps libraries and their communities to create, share and discover content. With no checkouts, turn-aways or waitlists, our BiblioBoard Library platform is a seamless experience for both librarians and patrons alike. Using your library card is easier than ever at RPL!

A GROUNDBREAKING DIGITAL MEDIA SERVICE!
Click here to access Hoopla.
Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by RPL that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily.

A FREE MUSIC DOWNLOADING SERVICE
Click here to log into Freegal.
The Freegal® Mobile Application is a completely free and legal way to access a collection of almost 7 million songs via the Rockford Public Library. The Freegal offering includes many of today’s top artists, a fantastic retrospective collection, and music from around the world. You must have a valid library card (how to get a library card). Get ready to join the millions of people around the world getting access to great music!

Latest Arrivals

RPL’s Nordlof Center

Rockford Public Library’s Cultural Venue & Performing Arts Center
Located at 118 N. Main St. in downtown Rockford, The Rockford Public Library’s Nordlof Center provides high-speed Wi-Fi access throughout its multi-use performance, meeting, and classroom venue for Library and community events and technology training. (Photos by Rockford Register Star)

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NORDLOF CENTER
Rockford Public Library Nordlof Center for the Performing Arts

NextReads

Find your next read! The top ten books published this month that librarians across the U.S. love.
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815 Choose Civility

All About 215 North Wyman

What do YOU want in YOUR Leading-Edge Library?

The Rockford Public Library is working with Architects, City Planners and Facilitators to design a leading-edge Public Library for our community, but We need YOU! We need your voice. We need your ideas! We need to know what you want in your library!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
Click here for updates on remediation process at 215 N. Wyman

We need YOU!  We need your voice and your ideas!

Tell us what you want, what you really really want.

EMAIL US YOUR IDEAS

FAQs

Why do we have to build a new Main Library?

ComEd has conducted an environmental investigation at the site of a former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) at 215 N. Wyman Street, in Rockford, Illinois, on the grounds of our former Rockford Public Library. The purposes of ComEd’s investigation was to determine if residues remain from the former MGP operations. The work was conducted in cooperation with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) as part of the Site Remediation Program. The investigation detected the presence of MGP residues in the soil and groundwater.

Why is the property contaminated?

Prior to the advent of natural gas service, manufactured gas or “Town Gas” was produced locally to provide fuel for lighting, cooking, and heating. One common byproduct of the manufactured gas process was tar, which was often stored in underground plant structures. Gas manufacturing became obsolete as a system of pipelines was established in the Midwest to allow for the widespread use of natural gas.

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The mission of the Rockford Public Library is to educate, inform, entertain, and culturally enrich the people of our community.

LIBRARY LOCATIONS

HART INTERIM LIBRARY

214 N. Church Street
Rockford, IL 61101

Phone: 815-965-7606

Fax: 815-963-7834

Web: Rockford Public Library

HOURS

Mon–Thurs: 9 AM – 8 PM
Fri–Sat: 9 AM – 5 PM
Sunday: CLOSED