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Your Virtual Library

We can’t wait for the day we open our doors and welcome you back to our building. In the meantime, we are working to bring you as much as we possibly can virtually. Questions? We are here for you! Email reference@riverforestlibrary.org  and we’ll get back to you.

Don’t have a library card? While the Library is closed, you can register for an online-only library card that will grant you access to the library’s eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, and research databases. Learn more.

Here are some updates on what we’re doing virtually:

Social Media

If you use social media, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram

We are posting lots of virtual content, such as story times, book reviews, and crafting sessions, in addition to updates on new services and resources. You can also find lots of our virtual content on our new You Tube Channel. We hope that these outlets will help you feel connected to us during this time.

Reader’s Advisory

Our librarians are here for you! Are you looking for book recommendations? Simply fill out this form and one of our knowledgeable librarians will get back to you. You can also subscribe to our curated lists to receive emails with book and movie recommendations. There are several genres and categories to choose from.

Virtual Programming

We are working to bring you virtual programs and look forward to bringing you some exciting offerings. Please visit our calendar to see what’s happening and to find out how you can participate. Coming up on April 30 is our first ever Virtual Book Club.

Stream and Download

Get all the entertainment you need at home through our free streaming services. Find hundreds of eBoooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, educational resources, and music on hoopla, kanopy (new!), and libby.  Checkout dozens of popular magazines through Flipster. See all of our digital offerings.

Online Learning

Take advantage of our online learning tools while you’re safe at home. How about learning a new language? Mango Languages offers over 60 interactive foreign-language courses and 17 English as a Second Language courses for ESL students. Take a look at our testing and education reference center for resources that can boost eLearning, provide test prep, career training, and more. Online shopping and need some product recommendations? You can access Consumer Reports with your library card.