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Our staff of friendly, professional librarians are here to meet your information needs. You may contact us:

In Person: Visit the Adult and Teen Services Desk on the 2nd Floor when the library is open

By Telephone: Call the Adult and Teen Services Desk at 708-366-5205 x 316.

Via Email: reference(@)rflib.org
Questions will be answered within 48 hours.

Text a Librarian at 708-689-9005

On the go and need to know? Text a Librarian!
RFPL offers text message reference services.
Text an RFPL librarian at 708-689-9005, and we will respond during business hours.
Save our number in your phone for all of your “need to know now” questions!

Online Resources

In addition to the print resources available in the library, River Forest cardholders have access to the library’s collection of online resources. Have your River Forest library card ready; you will need your card number to login. Click here to access the full list of Online Resources.

Yearbooks, Microfilm and Obituary Services

Local Newspapers are available in multiple formats. Not all issues are available.

Oak Leaves, 1910 – 1939: Available in Bound Volumes

Oak Leaves, 1903-1909, 1921, and 1940-1941: Available digitally as Searchable PDF files

Forest Leaves, 1941 through December 2012: Available digitally as Searchable PDF files

Forest Leaves 2013: Available in Hard Copy

If you are looking for a particular article or an obituary, we can help! You are welcome to come in and access our digital archive of the Oak Leaves and Forest Leaves, where you can read, print or save documents to a USB drive.

Out of town? If you can provide a name or date, we are glad to search our digital archive for you and email a pdf document, usually within a 48 hour turnaround. Please call or email the Adult and Teen Services Desk for more details!

Yearbooks:
Did you know that the library has a collection of Oak Park River Forest High School yearbooks? Call the library to check on available dates.

Other Reference Services

Did you know that you can check out materials at Concordia and Dominican University libraries with your River Forest Library card?
Click here to search the Dominican University catalog, and click here to search the Concordia Library catalog.

Click here for River Forest Library history.