Visit RFPL and discover quality collections, a comfortable space, and friendly, professional staff members committed to providing the highest level of service. Come browse and select what interests you from among thousands of books, movies, music CDs, video games, magazines, and more. Internet access is available at seated computer workstations, or you may bring your laptop or mobile device and enjoy free wifi throughout the building and in the garden. Find a place to work away from home or read by the cozy fireplaces. We look forward to seeing you soon.
When RFPL is closed, remember you have access to premium online resources including eBooks, streaming and downloadable movies and music, digital magazines, online databases, and more, 24/7, with the RFPL Digital Library.
Phone: (708) 366-5205
- Circulation Desk x 304
- Children’s Services Desk x 312
- Adult and Teen Services Desk x 316
Fax: (708) 366-8699
Text a Librarian: (708) 689-9005
Monday-Thursday: 9 AM-9 PM
Friday & Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM
Sunday (Sept-May): 1 PM-5 PM*
*Closed Sundays Memorial Day through Labor Day
Library patrons may park on Lathrop Avenue in front of the Library, where 6 spaces are available for 30 minutes and 1 handicapped space is available with no time limit. 3 hour parking is also available along the east side of Jackson Avenue. Patrons may park on Chicago Avenue or other area streets unless posted signage indicates otherwise.
RFPL has limited use of the adjacent parking lot south of the building, as it is owned by District 90. Library patrons have access to 9 designated visitor spaces during the day and additional spaces when school is not in session. A bookdrop has been installed in the interior Lathrop drive in order to provide for easy return of library materials.
While there are comfortable places to work and read throughout the building, the Library does not have private study rooms. River Forest card holders in good standing may reserve the one public meeting room, for groups of up to 50 people, by completing a request form.
Free wifi is available throughout the building and in the front garden via the RFPL_Public network, with no password needed. Seated public Internet workstations are available for children on the first floor and for adults and teens on the second floor. Adult River Forest card holders may also check out a laptop for use in the building. Limited computer guest passes are available for non-River Forest residents.
The Library offers weekly drop-in Computer Learning Labs to assist beginner and intermediate home users. If you are looking for more advanced assistance or to learn on your own schedule, check out lynda.com, available online with your RFPL card. With lynda.com tutorials, you’ll learn the latest software, creative, and business skills, through high-quality online instructional videos featuring recognized industry experts.
Printing is available in the Library for $.10/page for black ink and $.50/page for color ink. You may also send a print job from outside of the library building and print it out at the Library using our web printing service.
Photocopying in the Library
River Forest Public Library has two photocopy machines for patron use, one on each floor. Photocopies cost $.10/page for black ink and $.50/page for color ink.
From both printers, you may scan documents at no charge and save them to a USB drive or send them to a valid email address.
The Library provides a self-service fax machine on the second floor. The fax machine will send up to 8 pages at a time. The charge for domestic faxing is $1.75 for the first page and $1.00 for any additional pages. The charge for international faxing is $3.95 for the first page and $3.45 for any additional pages. You can pay with a credit/debit card or by purchasing a pre-paid fax card from the Circulation Desk on the first floor. We are unable to receive faxes for our patrons.