Public libraries are a very different place today than they were when the Rock Island Public Library opened. There were no DVDs or computers with internet access in those days. There wasn’t a Library of Things that allowed residents to borrow a bicycle repair kit. But the primary core use of a library, to share knowledge and literature through books, was very much the same. Even the rules of the library were pretty similar than they are today, with a few exceptions. The rules used to be a little more strict, as we can see below.

Rock Island Public Library Rules in 1872

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