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Welcome to the River Forest Public Library

RFPL strives to enhance the quality of life in River Forest by maintaining a welcoming environment where all patrons will experience a high level of service and satisfaction from a responsive and knowledgeable staff, who help them find the information they need and the services and resources they want. Our primary Service Goals are to create young readers, stimulate imagination, promote lifelong learning, and provide a comfortable space for patrons to visit.

Riveting Rio de Janeiro

Saturday, 7/30, 2-3 PM
Get ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics with a journey through beautiful Rio de Janeiro! Allow Bill Helmuth to take you through this extraordinary city and all its natural beauty. Bill will also present on the Iguazu Falls, the most incredible waterfalls on the planet earth situated on the Brazil/Argentinian border. This is a visual and historical delight you won’t want to miss!


Wednesday, 8/17, 7 PM
Huntington Learning Center invites all parents and teens curious about Illinois switching from ACT testing to the SAT.

Downsizing and Decluttering

Monday, 8/22, 10-11 AM
Is it time to start Downsizing and Decluttering your life? Downsizing usually happens later in life. It can be motivated by an event that requires you to move or just a personal decision to live in an organized environment. Anna Glielmi, Professional Organizer, will provide real-life tips and strategies to help you simplify your life. This program is held in partnership with the River Forest Township as part of our series, Let’s Celebrate Seniors All Year Long.


Access thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks, including the hottest new titles, from your eReader, tablet, smartphone, or computer. Go to the Media on Demand site or get the app.


RFPL receives Certificate of Excellence

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the River Forest Public Library by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and […]

Anne T. Smedinghoff Memorial Garden Plaques

Honor a member of your family or a friend who has a special affinity for the River Forest Public Library with a bronze plaque in the seat wall of the library garden. Proceeds from the sale of these plaques benefit the River Forest Public Library Foundation which supports the future unfunded needs of the library. […]


Saturday, July 30, 2 PM - 3 PM
Riveting Rio de Janeiro
Monday, August 1, 10 AM - 11 AM
Coffee Monday
Wednesday, August 3, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Evening Book Discussion
Friday, August 5, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Family Story Time @ Whole Foods Market

New & Coming Soon