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    Let RFPL Reader Central help you discover your next great read! We have something for everyone: booklists, staff picks, blogs, bestseller lists, award winners, book discussion groups, and more! All while  delivering reading recommendations based on unique personal interests straight to your computer or mobile device. Start exploring here.

Media On Demand

Visit Media On Demand to download audiobooks, ebooks, music and more from the comfort of your own home! Media On Demand is compatible with your iPad, Kindle, iPod, Sony Reader, Nook, and other portable devices. Browse available titles by format or genre, place holds on popular titles, check out, and download your selections all online! At Media on Demand for Kids, view our ebook collection for kids! Contact the Library with any questions at 708-366-5205 x 316.

SWAN catalog

Search the catalog here The River Forest Public Library is a member of the SWAN consortium. Through the SWAN catalog we are able to provide you access to a combined collection of 1.4 million unique titles of books, DVDs, blu-rays, audiobooks, ebooks, music CDs and more.

Library Information

From the Board of the River Forest Library

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16th at 7:30 PM. The public is always invited to attend these meetings.

New Book Alerts

Want a quick and easy way to know the newest books, DVDs, music and audiobooks purchased by the library? Check out our New Book Alerts!


Click here or on a book above to check out New Book Alerts today!

From the Director

The River Forest Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the formation of the River Forest Public Library (RFPL) Foundation and the receipt of its first major gift.

Civic activist George Parry donated a total of $50,000, in part through a bequest, to foster the Library’s long-term goals. He and his wife Angela Parry, a retired art professor and educational advocate and innovator, were residents of River Forest for over 50 years and longtime supporters of the Library.

Read on…

Super Food Snack Fest

Tuesday, 7/7, 4-5 PM

Mmm… Make and eat super tasty stuff.  Who can resist fun summery snacks? Advanced registration required. Grades 4-7

BMX Bike Show with Matt Wilhelm

Wednesday, 7/8, 4-5 PM

From the X-Games to RFPL, award winning BMX biker Matt Wilhelm will be sure to entertain in this exciting bike trick show featuring the record holder for the fastest bike spin in the world. All Ages. *Rain Location: Roosevelt School gym.

Mario Kart Wii Tournament

Wednesday, 7/15, 3:30-4:30 PM

Test out your racing skills at this fun Wii game tournament. Advanced registration required. Grades K-5

Super Duper Drive-in Movie

Thursday, 7/16, 2-3:30 PM

Design your own superhero vehicle out of boxes and supplies and then settle in for a fun superhero themed movie. Advanced registration required. Ages 3 and up

Dooley Brothers Concert

Friday, 7/17, 7:30 PM

Join us on the library lawn for our annual Dooley Brother’s Concert!  The Dooleys have been entertaining Chicagoland for over 30 years with their delightful banter and wide musical repertoire.  And they are River Forest natives! Bring your own chair or use one of ours and come ready for a fun evening!