We are so excited to announce that we are going to begin construction on the new library shortly! You may have noticed driving by that there are some dumpsters and trucks in the parking lot - we are currently doing some site work in preparation for construction to begin. This is mainly asbestos abatement. We hope to finish up with that in a few weeks, and then we can begin the real construction! The library will be working with Russell Construction as the General Contractor, and we are thrilled to move forward with this local partnership.

We have had an amazing year of fundraising, including some incredibly generous gifts from our local philanthropic community:

$250,000 from the John Deere Foundation

$105,000 from the Moline Foundation

$100,000 from the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation

$100,000 from the Carver Trust

$32,000 from the Prasan Vimonluk Chariya Foundation

$15,000 from the East Moline Community Foundation

$15,000 from the MidAmerican Foundation

$10,000 from the Modern Woodman Foundation

And we are incredibly grateful to Mr. Louis Woodworth, who has generously given an additional $450,000 to the campaign fund, bringing his total contribution to $1.465 million dollars. The Library Board is pleased to announce that the library building will be named in Mr. Woodworth's honor.

All of this has left us with just $400,000 left to raise to be fully funded, and we would love for you to be a part of it! To give, please see our donate page or send a check to:

East Moline Public Library Foundation

740 16th Ave

East Moline, IL 61244

As always, please reach out directly to the library director, Laura Long, with any questions or comments you may have. She can be reached at or by phone at (309) 755-9614 ext. 104

It is with deep gratitude and pride that we provide an update on our “Campaign for a 21st Century Library.” The community’s response has been so positive that we are now in the final stage of our fundraising, having secured $5.8 million in public and private funds toward our $6.5 million construction cost. Therefore, we have raised 89% of the campaign goal with $700,000 to go.

As you may recall, the East Moline Public Library began this project in 2019 with 1st phase fundraising and conceptual site design. A new campaign fund at The Moline Foundation was established to accept all gifts of stock and real property. TBK Bank’s in-kind donation of their building valued at $1.5 million was key to our campaign launch.

In the past year, the State of Illinois approved a $2.6 million library construction grant, and we were extremely fortunate to receive a private donation of $1 million from Louis E. Woodward, a former resident of East Moline and library supporter. A wing of the new library will be named in Mr. Woodward’s honor. Through careful stewardship of public funds, the Board of Trustees holds $950,000 with the City of East Moline and is also able to support a $500,000 bond. We have also received confirmation from the City of East Moline that they will be contributing $350,000 towards the project.

Although we originally estimated construction to begin in Q2 of 2019, construction is now planned to begin in Q4 of 2020 and to be finished by Q2 of 2022. (100% of the funding streams must be identified before construction will begin.) We have identified additional foundations to be approached for grants, and other major gifts from individual donors are also anticipated in the months ahead.

If you would like to make a gift today, please see our donate page for opportunities.