The Rockford Public Library is working with Architects, City Planners and Facilitators to design a leading-edge Public Library for our community, but We need YOU!  We need your voice. We need your ideas! We need to know what you want in your library!

Send us your ideas at

RPL Community Envisioning Session Dates:

April 17 @ 6:00 PM

Northwest Community Center
1325 N. Johnston Ave, Rockford


April 19 @ 6:00 PM

Midway Village & Museum Center
6799 Guilfor Rd, Rockford


April 24 @ 6:00 PM

St. Elizabeth Community Center
1536 S. Main St, Rockford


April 26 @ 6:00 PM

The Nordlof Center
118 N. Main Street, Rockford

May 2 @ 10:30 AM

Police Station District #1 Community Room, hosted by West Gateway Coalition
1045 W. State St, Rockford

Watch what our architect has to say about how a 21st Century Library can serve a community like Rockford!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why do we have to build a new Main Library?

ComEd has conducted an environmental investigation at the site of a former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) at 215 N. Wyman Street, in Rockford, Illinois, on the grounds of our former Rockford Public Library.  The purposes of ComEd’s investigation was to determine if residues remain from the former MGP operations. The work was conducted in cooperation with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) as part of the Site Remediation Program. The investigation detected the presence of MGP residues in the soil and groundwater.

Why is the property contaminated?

Prior to the advent of natural gas service, manufactured gas or “Town Gas” was produced locally to provide fuel for lighting, cooking, and heating. One common byproduct of the manufactured gas process was tar, which was often stored in underground plant structures. Gas manufacturing became obsolete as a system of pipelines was established in the Midwest to allow for the widespread use of natural gas.