In addition to offering remote WiFi access, the Rock Island Mobile Library2Go vehicle is now serving as a contactless holds pickup point and taking returns.

To pick up, patrons pull up to a Mobile Library stop and call the number posted outside the vehicle. Library staff will bring reserved items out for contactless pickup. To place a hold, library patrons can use the online catalog, or call the library at 309-732-7341 for staff assistance.

Don’t have a hold? Suddenly in the mood for a good book? Ask Mobile Library staff for a “Story Bundle2Go.” Item categories include choices for children, teens, adults, and movie watchers. Five items are in each bundle. To request one, just call when you arrive at a Library2Go stop.

The Mobile Library also continues to offer Mobile WiFi through a “stay-in-your-car” option. Patrons who need to connect simply text 309-989-5450 for the WiFi network and passcode. The signal supports up to 10 devices at a time.

Library2Go is also accepting returns. Items can be placed in the exterior book return bin for a safe way to get items back to the library. Library2Go stops for the week of July 13 are as follows:

  • Tuesday, July 14: Century Woods Apartments, 9:30 to 11am; Longfellow Elementary, 11:30 to 12:30 pm; Edgewood Baptist Church, 2:30 to 4 pm.
  • Wednesday, July 15: 11th Street Family Dollar, 9:30 am to 11 am; Camden Center, Milan, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm; Lincoln Park, 2:30 to 4 pm.
  • Thursday, July 16: Milan HyVee, 9:30 am to 11 am, Douglas Park, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, and Rock Island HyVee, 2:30 to 4pm.

There is no public entry onboard the vehicle due to social distance requirements.  To download the new route schedule, visit the “Download It” menu at www.rockislandlibrary.org. Or, call 309-732-7369 to check stops for the week.

Rock Island Public Library Imagine Your Story summer reading challenges and programs will be provided virtually this summer through July 31. For details, see the Rock Island Library calendar or 2020 Summer Reading links at the library website.

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