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    Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for consumer information. Find product ratings and reviews as well as articles, advice and forums. Use Consumer Reports to investigate many items on your regular and holiday shopping lists. Get full access for free to Consumer Reports online when you log on through the RFPL site with your Library card. Consumer Reports is always available under the E-Library tab on the RFPL website. Ask a librarian with any questions about this helpful resource.

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


In observance of Thanksgiving:

Wednesday, 11/25 @5 PM
Thursday, 11/26, all day

For staff in-service:

Friday, 12/4, all day

In observance of Christmas:

Thursday, 12/24, all day

Friday, 12/25, all day

From the Board of the River Forest Library

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th at 7:30 PM. The public is always invited to attend these meetings.

Bookmyne App

BookMyneThe SWAN catalog now has a mobile app! Search the App Store or Google Play Store for BookMyne and start accessing the library catalog on the go. Get started with Bookmyne here.

Story Studio: Music

Tuesday, 12/1, 3:30-4:30 PM

Join us each month for books, snacks, and an activity based on a different literary format. December will feature the art of storytelling through wordless music. Participants will create their own music that tells a story. Grades 5-8

Minecraft Madness

Saturday, 12/5, 3:30-5PM

Calling all Minecraft builders, warriors, and fans! Head to the RFPL for Minecraft-inspired activities, snacks, and to play together on shared challenges.  Participants must have a River Forest library card that is in good standing to register. Space is limited. Registration is required. Grades 4-7.

Holiday Jazz Concert with the James Callen Trio

Sunday, 12/6, 2 PM

Get in the spirit of the season and join us for a musical afternoon! The James Callen Trio will expand your holiday horizons with lively interpretations of favorite seasonal classics.

Stories with Santa!

Saturday, 12/12, 10 AM-3 PM

Santa is visiting RFPL! Our annual holiday program for children features stories and crafts with our talented librarians and visits with Santa upstairs by the fireplace. Pictures taken with Santa will be posted on our Children’s blog after the event. Bring your camera to have a keepsake of your own! This is a drop-in, free, fun family program.