Some Rock Island city leaders have reservations about a plan to move the main branch of the public library to the current Tri-City Jewish Center.
The historic building downtown has housed the main branch of the library since 1901. It currently stands as one of the oldest operational libraries in the state of Illinois.
Alderman Virgil Mayberry and other city council representatives sat down to hear the proposed plans for the library Monday night.
Among the options is moving the main branch into the Tri-City Jewish Center building on 30th Street in Rock Island.
Plans are already in motion to close the 30/31 branch down the street. The southwest branch would be unaffected by any of these changes.
Mayberry wants to ensure the public that the downtown building would remain open under this plan.
“I’ve talked with too many people that do not want that to happen,” Mayberry said. “I’d listen to the people in the city of Rock Island, what they want and what they don’t want. And that’s what it’s all about. I’m just a representative of them.”
— Redrick Terry