Riverside Public Library

The Riverside Public Library is located on the banks of the Des Plaines River. Since the Library opened April 4, 1931, the Library has proudly served the people of the historic community of Riverside, Illinois.

More importantly, the people of Riverside have supported the Library generously as evidenced through the beginnings of the Library coinciding with the Great Depression and continuing through today. The Riverside Public Library has the distinction of being Landmark Number One, in a Village which has Landmark Status.  Two special collections:  the Fredrick Law Olmsted Collection and the Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois’ Paul M. Nemecek Collection are housed in the Library and available for use by the public. 


To provide quality library service to all patrons.


The Riverside Public Library:

  • Provides informational, educational and recreational opportunities to the community with its collection, programming and technology.
  • Emphasizes creating a welcoming environment to encourage patrons of all ages to develop and continue an interest in reading and learning. 
  • Values its historic landmark significance, and its building’s unique architectural atmosphere.