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River Forest Public Library River Forest Public Library

Our friendly, trained, and professional staff are here to help! If you have a question or run into an issue with any library resources, please stop by the Children’s desk or Adult and Teen Services desk, and we’ll be happy to help. Or call us at (708) 366-5205 or chat with us during library hours. If you need more in-depth assistance getting started, please set up a one-on-one appointment with one of our librarians. To set-up your appointment, call the Adult & Teen Services desk at x 316 or email

Stream & Download


Libby is the newer, easier app for Media On Demand digital reading. Access thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks, including the hottest new titles, from your tablet or smartphone.  Get the app for your phone or tablet.

Getting Started on Libby

hoopla Digital

Stream or download music, eAudiobooks, movies, TV shows, eComics and eBooks. All titles are instantly available: no waiting, no holds! 8 titles/each month. Get started at the hoopla site or download the app.

hoopla Help Page


Checkout dozens of popular magazines, and read the full-color, cover-to-cover issues on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Log in through the RFPL portal using your browser, then read in the app if you wish.

Flipster User Guide


We are thrilled to bring you Kanopy, a new streaming service with more than 30,000 feature films, documentaries, educational videos, and TV shows with no holds, no waiting. Get started at the Kanopy site or download the app. Here’s what’s included:

12 monthly downloads
Unlimited plays on Kanopy Kids.
Unlimited checkouts of the Great Courses

Kanopy Help Page

Online Learning

Mango Languages

Offers over 60 interactive foreign-language courses and 17 English as a Second Language courses for ESL students. Great for beginners and those wanting to learn a new language for traveling purposes. Each Mango lesson incorporates vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

See how it works

Consumer Reports

Find product ratings, reviews, recommendation & buying advice for home, health, cars, electronics, etc. This is full digital access to the web content associated with Consumer Reports magazine.

Testing & Education Reference Center

Ace the test! Access an extensive selection of online practice tests and eBook test-prep materials. From college prep to graduate school to career tools, practice for the AP exams, GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, vocational/career exams, international tests and much more.

Research Databases


Free to any user in Illinois, these ebooks include a curated “Pop Up Picks” collection that rotates quarterly, the Bodlian Library Collection, and titles from the Recovering the Classics series.

Biography In Context 

Biography in Context includes more than 650,000 biographical entries covering more than 400,000 international figures from all time periods and areas of studies. Access reference content, magazine and journal articles, primary sources, and multimedia.

Forest Leaves

Search back issues of the Oak Leaves and Forest Leaves. Years 1902-2014 are available. However, 1910, 1922-1939, and 1990 are not included.

General OneFile

This in-depth periodical database contains millions of articles on all topics from over 8,000 titles (most in full text). In addition to the robust collection of magazines and journals, you will also find reference, newspaper, and audio content.

Health and Wellness Resource Center

This consumer health resource includes a health encyclopedia, periodical and newspaper articles, pamphlets, drug lookup, and alternative health info.

Literature Resource Center

Access biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines.


Find your next great read! Access information on a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books and authors as well as browse reviews, see reading lists, find read-alikes, or view award winners.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Perfect for children as well as educators, this resource provides content and information to support curriculum as well as pleasure reading. Find fiction and nonfiction book lists for children, award-winning titles, books by grade-level or Lexile score.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

This online collection of resources is designed to help students as they research and study today’s hottest social issues, topics, and current events by presenting differing views. Researchers can pro & con articles on major issues: from capital punishment to immigration, to marijuana.

Science in Context

A resource for all science-related needs for students and educators, this database contains content from Gale’s quality science reference materials as well as articles, biographies, experiments, multimedia resources and more to provide contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics.

U.S. History in Context

Access a thorough overview of U.S. history, providing full-text articles and analysis taken from a variety of reference resources, periodicals, primary sources and scholarly documents.

World History in Context

Access a thorough overview of world history that covers the most studied events, periods, cultures, civilizations, religions, conflicts, wars, ideologies, cultural movements, and people. Find award reference content, academic and scholarly journal articles, primary sources, images, maps and more.