Begin Here . . . to Read, Write, and Create Local

The Rock Island Public Library offers the resources and tools you need to read, write, and create local. To read local, check out IndieIllinois and other self-published works in BibloBoard Library. Tools for writers include PressBooks Public and Self-e. Our Biblioboard Creator anthology will host files from the WVIK Quad Cities NPR project, The Great Quad Cities Listen.

Creative Local Partnerships - Our partnership with The Great Quad Cities Listen helps collect and share your stories about what it's like to live, work, and play along our Mississippi River region. Schedule an interview time today, and share your story!

Through our partnership with the Midwest Writing Center (MWC), we assist the MWC's mission to support the written word. MWC programming includes monthly writing workshops, contests, readings, books signings, and discussions. For information about Midwest Writing Center memberships, services, and hours, please visit their website or call 309-732-7330.


BiblioBoard Library is a new digital ebook collection, loaded with Indie self-published authors and traditional publisher collections! 
Create a free BiblioBoard Library account to browse and instantly read eBooks, or to format your local book in Pressbooks Public.

Access BiblioBoard Library through our website or download a free app for use on your device.


Pressbooks Public

Want to format your book in eBook and print-ready formats?

Begin by creating a free Biblioboard Library account. Then, log into Pressbooks Public to start creating. This easy tool helps you format your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and more. You can even add a cover!

Not a Rock Island patron? Don’t have an library card? No problem! Just create a profile using the BiblioBoard Library link above, then use those credentials to login to Pressbooks Public from our website.



Have you written a book?

By submitting your indie-published book to SELF-e submission platform, you can share your work with Rock Island Library patrons. Distribution is royalty-free and the license is non-exclusive. To format your book, use Pressbooks.

Writers may opt-in to have their book selected by Library Journal curators.



BiblioBoard Creator is a diverse publishing tool that allows Rock Island Library patrons to share their own content widely on our BiblioBoard Library page.

The Great Quad City Listens Creator portal is available here.


Great Quad Cities Listen

We're pleased to announce that our first Creator Anthology will host files from the Great Quad Cities Listen project on WVIK FM Augustana Public Radio.

Great Quad Cities Listen Project

From the Archives wide banner

Rock Island Public Library Digital Archives

We don't want to brag, but Rock Island is just 23 years younger than the entire state of Illinois. Pre-statehood, our town hosted Fort Armstrong, one of the nation's western defenses, from 1816-36. Rock Island Library was the first public library to open after the passing of the 1872 Illinois Library Act. We are #RockIslandProud AND #IllinoisProud.

As part of our special Illinois Bicentennial project, we're striving to make our rich history more digitally accessible. In addition to sharing our own Special Collections, we're inviting you to contribute your own local history to our BiblioBoard Creator archive.

Rock Island Public Library Digital Archives Submission Page 


Indie Illinois / Indie Iowa

Read Local with this digital ebook collection from Illinois or Iowa authors.  Discover new authors and explore self-published eBooks. Start reading today to find your next favorite book!


Midwest Writing Center

The Midwest Writing Center, located at the Downtown Library, helps writers develop their craft, find audiences and establish a writing community where they can learn and grow in a supportive environment.