If you’re in grades 5-12, you’re eligible to play winter reading BINGO!  See?  And you thought there was nothing good about winter this year!  To play, just…

    • Get a bingo card from the library.
    •  Read and mark the bingo squares that matched your book.
    •  Earn BINGO by completing 5 squares in a row.
    •  Redeem at the Adult and Teen Services desk to win a prize!
    • Fill up your card and turn it in by January 31st to be entered into a drawing for a KINDLE.

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


For staff in-service:

Friday, 12/4, all day

In observance of Christmas:

Thursday, 12/24, all day

Friday, 12/25, all day

In observance of the New Year:

Thursday, 12/31, close  at 5PM

Friday, 1/1, all day

From the Board of the River Forest Library

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15th 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.

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.

Exam Cram

Monday, 12/14, 4-9PM

It’s crunch time. Exams are right around the corner and RFPL would like to help! We’ll have a quiet study space, limitless resources, and snacks to help you ace that test. Grades 9-12