Rock Island Library patrons now have free, online access to many more newspapers
The Rock Island Public Library has expanded its newspaper collection by adding a service called, NewsBank.
Karrah Kuykendall, Adult Services Director, says before, people had to visit one of Rock Island's libraries to access newspapers. But the new service greatly expands access to more than 2,500 newspapers, plus local and national television news. Newsbank also features even more access to the Dispatch Argus collection including scanned versions (images) of the daily newspaper.
Text of articles from the Quad City Times is included but not a scanned version of the paper.
To access the collections, patrons must have a Rock Island library card and an internet connection. Anyone using the library’s internet or WiFi connection may also access them.
The Newsbank subscription also includes Heritage Hub, a database mainly used for geneology research.
The library will host a free workshop called, Discover Newsbank to teach patrons how to use the resource. It'll be held on Thursday, October 5th, at 11 A.M. at the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street.