Circulation Department

The Circulation staff is available to check out library materials, process hold requests, provide interlibrary loan service, and send courtesy overdue notices. We also provide Voter Registration and Notary Public services.

Please see our list of frequently asked questions or select from the list below for a full description of our services.


You can "adopt" one or more of your favorite authors. To adopt, you agree to sponsor the purchase of one copy of each fiction title by that author at the library's cost. By adopting an author, you get the privilege of being the first to check out your adopted book and each adopted book will have a bookplate with your name. If you are interested in adopting an author from our Bestsellers Club list, please inquire at the Circulation Desk, or call 309-524-2440 with any questions.

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Bestsellers Club

The Bestsellers Club allows you to automatically be placed on a reserve list for some of our most popular authors. The Bestsellers Club is available only for new, hardcover fiction books. As your reading tastes change, your selected authors may be changed at any time. As member of our Bestsellers Club, you no longer need to stop in or call the library when your favorite author releases a new book. Please stop at the Circulation Desk to take advantage of this club or call 309-524-2440. In order to participate, you must have a valid library card from a PrairieCat Library. You can enroll online by clicking here .

Loan Periods and Fine Rates

Type of Material Loan Period Fine Rate Per Day
3 weeks $.25 per day
Sound Recordings
3 weeks $.25 per day
3 weeks $.25 per day
Entertainment DVDs and videos
7 days $1.00 per day
3 weeks $.25 per day
Educational DVDs and videos
3 weeks $.25 per day
Book Club in a Box Kits
6 weeks $1.00 per day
Rental Books
14 days $.25 per day

Overdue Materials

Library materials that are kept beyond their "due date" are considered overdue. A Moline Public Library item is not considered returned until all of its parts are returned (CDs, liner notes, booklets, instructions, etc.) The item will remain checked out to the patron and fines will accumulate on partially returned items (if overdue) until the missing part(s) is returned.Charges for overdue material are as follows:

  • Books, audiobooks, magazines, CD's and educational DVDs- $.25per day
  • Entertainment/feature film DVDs - $1.00 per day
  • Zoo and museum passes, hot spots - $5.00 per day

Patrons are considered delinquent when they have $5.00 or more in fines or have 5 items overdue for 1 day. Such patrons are denied checkout and computer use privileges until the delinquency is cleared or brought below the $5.00 fine threshold or have less than 5 items overdue.

The Library will send a courtesy overdue notice when materials have not been returned within 14 days after their due date. At 44 days overdue, a bill notice is issued.

The Moline Library is obligated to attempt the recovery of all outstanding debt and/or library materials. To that end, borrowers with fines or fees of $25 or more are subject to contact from a collection agency. A non-negotiable $10 collection fee will be applied to the account of any borrower who is referred to collections.

Courtesy Overdue Notices

As a courtesy to our patrons, the Moline Public Library sends reminders through the mail for overdue materials checked out at our library. A first notice is generated 10 days past an item's due date. Notices continue to be sent until an item is returned or paid for. Questions regarding an overdue notice can be directed to the Circulation Desk or please call 309-524-2440.

Interlibrary Loan

Available to anyone with a valid PrairieCat library card from a fully-participating library is interlibrary loan. Looking for a book we do not own? Do we have nothing available on the subject you are searching? Let us know. Most materials available for checkout at another PrairieCat member libraries can be obtained for checkout at the Moline Public Library. Turnaround time for these items is approximately 5-10 days, many times less. With your My Account Online feature , you can even place your own interlibrary loan requests and choose your pickup library.

Library Cards


  1. Individuals who reside within the Moline city limits are eligible for a free library card.
  2. Individuals who reside outside the Moline city limits, and are not served by another public library, are required by Illinois State law {75 ILCS 16/30-55(60)} to purchase a library card in order to borrow library materials.
  3. Individuals who reside outside the Moline city limits but own property within the city limits are eligible for a free library card.
  4. Children under the age of 13 are eligible for a library card. A signature, photo ID and proof a residency within the city limits of Moline from parent or legal guardian is required for children who are under 13 years of age. Children must be present to sign up for a library card.
  5. A photo ID and two forms of identification displaying name and current Moline address must be provided to obtain a Library card.

Examples of valid forms of photo identification include:

  • Driver's license
  • Government Issued ID card
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • School ID (w/ photo)

Examples of proof of residency include:

  • Checkbook
  • Credit Card statement
  • Current Tax bill
  • Driver's License
  • Fishing License
  • FOID Card
  • Medical/Insurance statement
  • Rent receipt or contract
  • State ID
  • Utility bill
  • Voter Registration card

If you would like to complete a library card application online, click here.

Fees for Nonresidents:

In order to protect the rights of residents of Moline who pay taxes to support the library, non-residents will pay for library cards in the same manner as residents. The Moline Public Library Board of Directors has adopted an annual fee of $147.00 for borrowing privileges extended to non-residents of Moline. This $147 fee represents the average annual household tax paid to the Moline Public Library. Arrangemetns can be made with the Library to make monthly payments for the non-resident fee. Check out limits will apply during an installment payment period. Please call 309-524-2450 for more information.

Please notify the library with any change of address. Your card must be presented at the time of checkout, renewal, or when requesting a reserve or interlibrary loan item.

A fee of $3.00 is charged to replace any lost, stolen, or damaged library card. Please notify the library in the case of a lost or stolen card.

Meeting Rooms

The new Moline Public Library can provide meeting space for groups with up to 150 attendees. The large meeting room may be divided into three equal sections seating up to 25 persons in each section. A separate 12 person conference room is also available. Kitchen facilities are available to users of the large meeting room or any combination of the section including the kitchen. Please click below for the full meeting room policy, fee schedule, and application.

Moline Public Library Meeting Room Guidelines (pdf)

Printable Meeting Room Application (pdf)

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Notary Public

Moline Public Library provides free notary service during most hours of operation. Please call ahead at 524-2450 to inquire whether a notary will be available. Effective January 1, 2015 a $1.00 fee will be charged for each document notarized by library staff. Please follow these basic rules for proper and safe notarization:

  1. Please do not sign the document to be notarized ahead of time. It must be signed in the presence of a notary. If more than one person is to sign, all must be present.
  2. Please bring picture identification with you.

It is important to remember that a notary only verifies the signer's identity and that the signature was made willingly. A notary does not legalize a document, prove a document to be true, or provide any legal assistance.

Illinois law does not authorize a notary public to certify copies of any documents. Persons requesting certified copies of documents should be referred to the official who has custody of the original document or the office where the document has been officially filed.

Voter Registration

You may register to vote at the Moline Public Library under the following guidelines:

  1. You must live in Rock Island County
  2. You must be able to show 2 (two) forms of identification, 1 (one) indicating your current address
  3. You must be a resident at your current address at least 28 days before any election

Voter registration closes 28 days before an election and resumes after an election and opens 3 days after an election.

Lost and Damaged Materials

Upon registration for you library card, Moline Public card holders assume responsibility for payment for any lost or damaged items borrowed on their library card. In the event that an item, whether lost or damaged, is deemed unable to be circulated any further, the replacement charge of that item, (including applicable processing fees) will be charged. In most cases, the replacement charge is the full price of the material.

Reserving Materials

Most items owned by the Moline Public Library may be reserved if currently checked out. A library card must be presented to reserve materials. Reserves are accepted over the telephone with a valid library card number. For the readers of popular fiction, we offer our Bestsellers Club . This club allows a patron to automatically be placed on a reserve list for many of our popular fiction authors. Also available is the My Account Online feature which will allow you to place your own reserves from the library catalog or from your home computer.

Returning and Renewing Materials

Materials borrowed at the Moline Public Library may be returned to any PrairieCat Library.

  • Drive up book drops are provided for easy return of materials. Please note the appropriate return box for the type of item you are returning.
  • Materials may be renewed for an additional checkout period provided there are no reserves placed on the item. A library card must be present at the time of renewal. If another patron has reserved the item to be renewed, it must be passed on to the next patron.
  • Many of your materials may be renewed via the PrairieCat automatic telephone renewal system at 1-888-542-7259.
  • With your library card and online PIN you can access your account to renew via the Internet. If unsure of your PIN, please contact the library . To access your online account, click here .

Viewing Your Library Account Online

  • Available through PrairieCat catalog is a feature that enables you to view information regarding your library account and place your own reserves. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk if you are unsure of your library card password. With your password, you can access your account at any PrairieCat library, as well as your home computer.

Circulation FAQ's

1. Individuals who reside within the Moline city limits are eligible for a free library card. For details regarding identification requirements and non-residents, please see Library Card information.

2. In the event that a library item is lost or damaged, a fee in the amount of the replacement cost of the item will be charged.

3. Yes - You may check out materials with the library card of a friend, family member, etc. It is important to note that any overdue, lost, or damaged fees that result from this checkout will be the responsibility of the library card owner.

4. Yes - With a valid library card, someone else may checkout your reserved material.

5. No - A Library card must be presented to borrow and renew all materials .

6. Currently there no checkout limits per transaction

7. A reserve may be placed on an library material that is currently checked out. Reserves are filled on a first requested, first filled basis.

Books not owned by the Moline Public Library, but owned at other PrairieCat library may be requested via interlibrary loan. If available at another PrairieCat library, an interlibrary loan may take 5-7 days to fill.

Books not found in the PrairieCat catalog may still be available to holders of a Moline Public Library Card via OCLC interlibrary loan. Loans of this type generally take up to two weeks to fill and may be subject to a fee set by the loaning library. Please inquire at the information desk to request these special interlibrary loans.

8. The answer to this question is NO - To insure patron confidentiality we cannot give out any information regarding the account of another library patron.

9. Yes - you may renew a book over the telephone by calling 1-888-534-6130 before the item is due. Be sure to have your library card and material you would like to renew with you when you call

10. Yes - once you obtain a password to view your library account, you may view your account information and place your own reserves online. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk to obtain a password or have your password reset.

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