Visiting the Library Safely

In order to keep everyone safe, we have a few guidelines in place for visiting & using the library safely:

Wear A Mask

Everyone is required to wear a mask properly (covering both your nose and your mouth) at all times while in the building

Hand Sanitize

We have hand sanitizer available at all service desks. We ask that you sanitize before interacting with library surfaces (browsing the books, using the computer, etc.) 

Computer Usage

Computer users may request a mouse and/or keyboard cover when using our Public Computers. They are available at the Adult and Youth Reference Desks.

Feeling Unwell?

Please stay home if you or someone in your household/bubble are not feeling well. We are happy to assist you over the phone with renewing items or extending your holds if you are unable to reach the library due to illness.

Returning Materials?

Please return all items in our outdoor drive-up book (and a/v) returns so that they can be quarantined. Inside returns are closed.


Updated 7/30/2021

Get a Digital Library Card

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Don't have a library card? Do you want access our digital resources while the library is in limited services?

We are happy to announce that Richton Park Residents can sign up for a Digital Library Card - all you need to do is live in Richton Park and register online!


Click here to Register for a Digital Library Card



  • If I have a library card already, do I need to sign up for a Digital Library Card?
    • No, you should be able to use your library card to access our digital resources. If you cannot, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will look into it for you.
  • I do not live in Richton Park, can I get a Digital Library Card?
    • You must live in Richton Park to get a Richton Park Library Digital Card. Some surrounding libraries have thier own Digital Library Card sign-up - please check with your home library about getting a Digital Library Card.
  • Do I need to pay for a Digital Library Card?
    • No, like all our library cards - they are FREE to Richton Park Residents
  • When will it expire?
    • Temporary Digital Library Cards expire 90-days from creation date. 
  • Can I place holds for physical items with this card?
    • Digtal Library cards cannot place holds on physical materials or checkout physical materials without being upgraded to a full access card by library staff.
  • Can I upgrade to a full access library card?
    • Yes - you can upgrade your Digital Library Card to a full access Richton Park Library Card by appointment. Call our Circulation Department to schedule your appointment (708-481-5333 x4). You will be required to provide proof of residency, please see our How do I?... page for accepted documents. 

Donations .library

UPDATE NOVEMBER 2020: We are not currently accepting material donations for safety reasons

The library accepts donations of recent (nothing older than 10 years):

  1. Books
  2. DVDs
  3. CDs

Donations should be clean, don't smell, and in good condition. 

We DO NOT accept donations of:

  1. Old newspapers
  2. Magazines
  3. Encyclopedias
  4. Audiocassettes
  5. VHS tapes
  6. Records

At this time, we ONLY accept one (1) medium box of donations as the storage space for donations is limited.  Three months before the library’s booksale in September, we can accept multiple boxes.

All donations immediately become the property of the library and they can’t be returned.  Some donations will be added to the collection.  The same criteria for inclusion in the library’s collection apply to gifts as to purchased materials.  The rest will be sold or discarded if the books are out-of-date, moldy or smell. 

The library accepts donations from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  Please DO NOT put donations in the Book or Media Drive-Up Drops.  

If you need a receipt for tax purposes, the library will provide one.  However, the library can't assign a dollar value to your donation.

Meeting & Study Room Usage

NOTICE: Meeting room applications are not being accepted at this time. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions about impacted services, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - Thank you!

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Meeting Rooms Study Rooms (4 to 5 People)*

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 Meeting Room Application** & Complete Fees | Meeting Room Policy | Study Room Policy*

The application MUST be submitted to the library at least three (3)** working days prior to the event.
**Revised 12/2016






(RP Gov’t)


(RP Non-Profit)


(RP Businesses)


(All Non-esidents)

Full Room (A& B)-95

No fee

No fee

No fee



Large Room (B)-50

No Fee

No Fee

No fee



Small Room (A)-35

No fee

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No fee




Except for the library or library related groups, the meeting room may NOT be reserved for social gatherings
such as receptions, showers, birthday parties, dances, non-library book clubs, etc., nor for fundraising or
money-making purposes such as bake sales or presentations of products or services. Non-Library sponsored groups
may not charge admission nor solicit or require donations for attendance at the meetings, nor can they collect dues on
premises. NO product or services may be solicited or sold.

- Complete List of Prohibted Meeting Use (Section G) Can Be Found Above in the Meeting Room Policy -

For social gatherings, please contact the
Richton Park Community Center at 708-753-8800

Meeting Room Schedules:
MUST be cleaned up & out 30 minutes before Closing;
If you have morning program, Setup begins at 10:30 AM.

Monday thru Friday: 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Saturday: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Sunday: Closed 

The Library does not book the meeting room to outside agencies in June or July due to Summer Library Activities.

*Study Rooms are First Come, First Serve.  NO Reservations

Study Room 1: 5 People; Study Rooms 2-5: 4 People

Study Room Policy

LIBRARY SERVICE UPDATE (11/28/20): Study Rooms are not available for use at this time


STUDY ROOM POLICY (updated 05-4-17)

The Richton Park Public Library District has 5 study rooms intended for private study for the public by small groups or individuals. There are (2) rooms in Youth Services & Teen and (3) rooms in Adult Services.

Room Reservation:
1. Study Room Sign-in: Individuals/groups must sign-up with staff at the Youth or Adult Services desk to reserve a Study Room in person.

2. Study Rooms are First Come, First Served:

a. Study Rooms may be reserved by a particular group or individual only one time per day. Rooms will be monitored for noise and overuse.

b. Each room will be reserved for one hour.  If no one is waiting, an additional hour is given with a maximum of two hours. Time may be extended at the discretion of staff, if there is no one else waiting. Additional time will be in one-hour increments.

3. ID Requirements for Study Room Use: Photo ID, School ID, or Library Card will be acceptable forms of identification. ID will be held until the small group or individual’s use of the room is completed.

Adult Services Study Rooms:

1. Study Room 1 is a 5-person room. Study Rooms 2 & 3 are 4-person rooms. Staff will enforce these limits.

2. The Adult Service Study Rooms are for use by Adults ONLY.

3. Special requests to use the Youth Study Rooms will be considered.

Youth Services & Teen Study Rooms:

1. Study Rooms 4 & 5 are 4-person rooms. Staff will enforce these limits.

2. These study rooms are for use for High School, Middle School, and Younger Aged Children.

3. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a designated caregiver.

Room Usage:

1. The Patron Code of Conduct applies to all Study Room users (including, but not limited to):

a. No moving furniture into and out of the room or no misuse of furniture in any way (ie: sitting or lying on
the tables; feet propped up on the chairs & table; lying on the floor…)

b. No outside food and only covered beverages are allowed in the Study Rooms.  If seen with food, you’ll be asked to leave the Study Room for the day.

c. No sleeping in the Study Rooms.

d. Lights MUST stay on at all times.

e. No sitting or lying on the floor.

f. No exchanging money for services and other business transactions.

g. No solicitation or selling of products and goods.

h. No viewing or displays of inappropriate obscenities.

i. Cell phone conversations must be kept to a minimum with your voice lowered.

j. Constant behavior warnings will result in loss of privileges.


2. After Study Room Usage:

a. Personal belongings left behind are not the responsibility of the library.

b. Debris & garbage left behind may cause loss of privileges.

c. Damage to the room or furniture will result in repair/ replacement charges and loss of privileges.

3. Please Sign-Out: A staff member will check the room to insure a good condition before releasing the ID.

Upcoming Programs

Richton Park Location

Friends of the Library

Join the Friends of the Library!

Meets 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 7:00PM

Next Meeting is October 12th, 2021

Email us to get a link to the meeting!