The Wyman Street branch of the Rockford Public Library in downtown Rockford has to be torn down due to soil contamination beneath the building, and that leaves the question: Where should the library go next?

The Rockford City Council is currently considering location possibilities for the main branch of the library, and there is some discussion about rebuilding it in an entire different location.

According to WREX, 1st Ward Alderman, Tim Durkee would like to see the library moved to a different vacant downtown location to free up more green space and access to the Rock River in it's current location. The library board would like to rebuild the library in it's current Wyman Street location where it has been 100 years, but they are open to public input.

Here's a few places we think could be good for the new main branch of the Rockford Public Library:

  • Old Magna building/ strip mall on East State Street next to Don Carter Lanes


  • The old Elks Club on West Jefferson


  • The vacant building at State and Wyman Streets


Where would you like to see the Rockford Public Library's main branch rebuilt? Voice your choice in the comment section below!