Rockford, Illinois News

Rockford Public Library’s Rockton Centre branch will close permanently Friday, March 19

The facility is being replaced by a mobile library.

ROCKFORD — The Rockford Public Library Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton
Ave., will discontinue all in-person and curbside pick-up service as of 6 p.m., Friday, March 19.

Last September, RPL’s Board of Trustees voted to offset financial constraints with a change to the Library’s service model including the expansion of digital services, the launch of a state-of-the-art mobile library, and in-person service at only four brick-and-mortar locations: RPL’s Nordlof Center, the Montague and East Branch libraries, and the Hart Interim Library.

The new main library is projected to open in late 2022 or early 2023. At that time, the Hart Interim Library building will be sold.

RPL’s Mobile Library, launching service this May, has already scheduled regular stops at the
Rockton Avenue Shopping Centre, adjacent to the Rockton Centre branch.

“We are looking forward to bringing materials, classes, and events to all the customers we served at the Rockton Centre Branch,” explains Kathi Kresol, former Rockton Centre branch manager, who will now serve as RPL’s Mobile Library Manager. “We’ve scheduled several other stops in the vicinity of the Rockton Centre Branch in order to best serve those in the neighborhood.”