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East Moline Public Library Will Move To New Location

East Moline Public Library

The East Moline Public Library is moving to a bigger and better location this month.

After nearly 100 years in the same location, Director Laura Long says the library's 60-thousand books, CDs, and movies will be moved to a new building across the street by the end of the month.

"So we're doubling our space from just a little bit over 9,000 square feet to 22,000 square feet. It'll be brand-new and modern, we'll have study rooms for the first time, we'll have laptop lending, a brand-new huge meeting room, which will be bright, not dark and dreary like our current one is. So we're very excited."

The old library will close on Saturday, January 15, to prepare for the move.

"While the library is closed, you won't be able to return books here or pick up books here, but you can use any other library in the Illinois Quad Cities. So while we're closed, we'd love for you to go to our neighbors and utilize their materials."

There is no official reopening date yet, but Long hopes to see the library operational by early March.

The new building at 1523 8th Street. was donated by TBK Bank. The $7 million dollar renovation funded by the library foundation, the State Library of Illinois, the city of East Moline and nearly half a million dollars of community donations.

Aaryan Balu first set foot in audio journalism at WTJU Charlottesville and WRIR Richmond, and now works as WVIK Quad Cities NPR's Fellowship Host.