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Unfortunately, most of the pages and information on this site are inaccessible right now as we re-work and re-organize our digital collection for easier access. We don’t have a finish date for this project yet, so please check back!

On the top bar of the page, you can still access more information about us, contact us, find library events, check out our digital newspaper archive of The Crusader, and send us research requests. You can also visit our research resources available online by going to our A-Z Databases page.


Starting in 2008, Jan Carter, who worked in the Rockford Public Library’s Local History department, started collecting historical information and pictures of the Rockford area. These records date from the 1840s to present day and the collection is growing every day.

For more information please, visit the Local History room at the Main Library on 214 North Church Street in Rockford, IL.

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Local History Room Hours & Info

215 North Wyman Street,
Rockford, IL 61101
1-815-965-7606 Ext 618
M-Th: 9am – 8pm
Fri-Sat: 10am – 5pm

The digital reproductions on this site, from materials held by the Rockford Public Library, are provided to researchers who visit this site, for research consultation and scholarly purposes only. Further distribution and/or any commercial use of the works from this site are strictly forbidden.

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Featured Article:
Historic City of Rockford 10-minute promotional video from 1949

Source: – Public Domain


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