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Getting your library card

Riverside Public Library cards will be issued to Riverside residents who provide proof of identity and eligibility. There is no minimum age for obtaining a card. However, the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required for all new applicants under the age of 18.

The library will not issue cards or provide services to patrons who are known to have outstanding fines or other obligations at any library in Illinois.

Adults are responsible for their own cards as well as those of any minor children they have signed for and for all material borrowed with these cards.

Patrons should report lost or stolen cards immediately. Materials checked out on a card up to the time it is reported lost or stolen are the responsibility of the card holder. Patrons should also notify the library of any change in address, name, telephone number or email address.

Library privileges will not be renewed for any card holder who has unpaid fines or charges. Parents or guardians are responsible for any fines or charges on cards issued to their minor children.

The library reserves the right to revoke or restrict the use of a patron's card if borrowing privileges or library policies are abused.

How to Apply

Simply provide proof of residency with a current Illinois Driver's License, utility bill, bank statement, lease or tax bill and proof of identity with photo ID (License or State ID). Fill out a registration form providing one reference, valid phone number and email if available.

Click here if you are a resident of Riverside Lawn
Other Services & Equipment
Adult Internet Access

Internet access is available for adults through nine terminals in the Atrium. Sessions for residents are given for 30 minutes. Residents may continue their session for a total of 3 hours per day (or six 30-minute sessions) as long as computers are available. Patrons must abide by the Library's Internet Rules & Procedures PDF. Residents only need a valid Riverside Library card and must be in good standing (less than $5 in fines) to use the computers. Non-residents may request one 15-minute guest session, per day, free of charge, after which there is a $2 fee per half hour. Reservations are made at the Patron Services Desk. Contact Patron Services for more details. (See also Public Access to Electronic Information Networks Policy PDF.)

Rates for prints per page : 10¢ b/w, $1 color

Youth Services Internet Access

Five computers are available in the Children & Youth Services Department, two for children and three for young adults (ages 12-17). There are also two Family computers for parents and caregivers. All computers allow access to the Internet. Sign-up for all computers is done through the Children & Youth Services Desk. Please check the rules governing the use of the computers if you are interested in using them.

Rates for prints for kids
: 1st five pages free, after that per page is 10¢ b/w, $1 color

Online Catalogs

The holdings of the library can be accessed through all of our Internet computers and through our Online Public Access Computers (OPACs). In addition, two computers that support our online databases and two that are used for word processing are also for OPAC use.

Online Databases

The library subscribes to a variety of online databases. They can be accessed through the library, in the reference area, or through this web site on the Informnation Services page. A few of our titles include World Book Online, Infotrac General Reference Center Select, and NoveList.

Word Processing Computers

The library also has two computers dedicated to word processing. Both of the computers have Office 2007 software which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and FrontPage.

Computer Classes

If you would like some help learning how to use a computer mouse, becoming familiar with the keyboard, learning the basics of Windows or setting up an email account, just call the Information Services Desk (708-442-6366) to set up an appointment for individualized instruction.
Bike & Computer Locks

Locks are available at the Patron Services Desk for use with our bike racks and for securing your laptop while in the library. Think safe!

Book Drop

For your convenience a curbside bookdrop is available for all items excluding oversized books. Instructions for its use are printed on the box. All items placed in the bookdrop overnight will be counted as returned the previous day.


The library fax machine is used by the staff at the Patron Services Desk. The cost for an outgoing fax is one dollar for the first page and fifty cents for each page thereafter. Incoming faxes are only fifty cents per page.

Microfilm Reader/Printer

This machine can read either microfilm or microfiche. Copies are available for ten cents a page.


A photocopy machine is available for use by the public in our video area. Black and white copies are ten cents and color copies are 50 cents each. Only one-sided copying is available on letter and legal size white paper.

Physical Disability Accomodations

The library is equipped with automatic doors at the ramp entrance and an elevator serving both levels of the building. Please ask for any further assistance.

Video Magnifier

The Library owns a CCTV video magnifier which magnifies up to 60 times. A hand held magnifying glass is also available at the Patron Services Desk.


WiFi is available throughout the Library. The signal is free and does not require a password. Connect to RSSWiFi. Remote printing is also available through our website. Follow this link to send your print job to the Library's Printers. You will have up to two hours to pick them up.
Loan periods & limits:

The Riverside Public Library maintains a varied collection for circulation and encourages its patrons to make use of this collection. Loan periods are established for the convenience of our patrons and allow a fair opportunity for the circulation of newly acquired materials.

- Two renewals for all items unless indicated otherwise
- Non-resident limits may be different

Fines, Fees & Charges

Overdue fines for material borrowed from other libraries, even through interlibrary loan, will be based on owning library rates. Overdue fines for all materials regardless of origin will never exceed the cost of the item.

Damaged or Lost Material

for broken cases for all audio-visual material

processing fee for all lost or damaged material. To prevent damage to our oversized books we do charge $5 for any oversized item returned in our bookdrop

Restriction of Services

Patrons can no longer check out materials or access the internet when fines exceed $5
Material for circulation:

Books, Audio Books, CDs, CD-ROMs, Magazines, Pamphlets, Kits (puppets, puzzles, book & audio sets) & Newspapers

Unlimited items for residents.

        - 3 weeks, except new adult books
        - 2 weeks for new adult books

¢ per day if overdue

Movies (DVD/VHS) & Video Games (Xbox, Playstation & Wii)

Limit of 15 Movies and 2 Video Games for residents.

        - 1 week for fiction movies & video games
        - 2 weeks for non-fiction or multi-disk (3+) DVD sets

per day if overdue

E-Readers (Kindle, Nook & Sony eBook)

Limit 1 per card for residents 18+ years old.

        - 2 weeks

per day if overdue. Inquire at Information Services Desk for more info.

DVD Players & Laptops

Limit 1 per card for residents 18+ years old. No renewals.

        - 1 week

per day if overdue