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    hooplamosaic-01 for webInstantly borrow free digital music, movies, TV shows, and more 24/7 with your library card! Download the free hoopla digital mobile app or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to your smartphone, tablet, and computer. Dive right in and get started or visit our hoopla page for more information.

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, September 15th 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…

Musical Celebration with Little Miss Ann

Friday, 7/31, 6:30 PM

Join us in our front garden as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a live concert! Little Miss Ann’s heartfelt songs, with her unique instrumentation, infectious melodies and soulful voice will have your whole family hooked. Children of All Ages and Caregivers

Get Your Jam on with Chicago Food Swap

Saturday, 8/1, 2 PM

This time of year the Farmer’s Market is overflowing with delicious fruit, from blueberries to peaches. Learn to preserve this wonderful bounty with a canning demonstration by food blogger and founder of the Chicago Food Swap, Emily Paster.  The Chicago Food Swap brings together passionate home cooks, bakers, and gardeners to trade and swap their homemade and homegrown foods.

Pinterest Craft Night

Tuesday, 8/4, 7 PM

Bring a friend and an empty wine bottle for a Pinterest-inspired craft night at RFPL! Learn how to cover your bottle with used book pages & embellish with a handmade fabric flower. Lace, twine, buttons, and other accessories will be on hand to make your project truly unique. Registration required.

Minecraft Madness

Thursday, 8/13, 1-3 and 3:30-5:30PM

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. Both sessions are the same, so please just sign up for one time slot. Space is limited. Registration is required. Grades 4-7.