Using Library Services

The Richmond Public Library (RPL) is a friendly and welcoming community gathering place that offers free access to books, DVDs, computers, events, study space and many other services. Most of our free services requires a RPL library card. Get a FREE library card!

Free Borrowing

The library has a large collection of books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, video games, magazines and digital collections you can borrow for free. Available for adults, teens, & kids.

There are also many ESL materials & resources in other languages for newcomers.

Go to our Books, DVDs, & More section to browse through our Library Collections.

You can also recommend item you would like us to buy through our online Purchase Suggestion Form.

Books, DVDs & More

Free Events

We offer many kinds of events and classes for people of all ages, including:

  • clubs & activities for all age groups
  • free job search & skills building workshops
  • free ESL classes, and orientations for newcomers
  • community events and much more!

Use our interactive calendar to find drop-in events or to register for classes at RPL.

RPL Event Calendar

Free Internet & Computers

Free Wireless Internet

All library branches have free Wi-Fi, just connect to "Richmond Public Library."
No password required.

Free Desktop Internet Access

Internet access is also available through designated computer stations. Different branches have different types of work stations and booking durations. See details page for more information.

Computers & Internet at RPL

Free Equipment & Spaces

RPL offers many bookable equipment & spaces for our library members:

  • 3D Printer
  • Photo Scanner
  • Accessibility Equipments
  • Study Rooms
  • Community Table

All you need for booking is a Richmond library card!

Free Equipment & Spaces at RPL

Launchpad & 3D Printing

The Launchpad is a library space where our community can learn about technology through collaborative and creative experimentation.

An innovative workspace for a range of digital services at RPL: photo scanner, 3D printing, bookable 1-on-1 help sessions.

Find out more about 3D printing, digital reading and self publishing tools at RPL Launchpad.

Visit RPL's Launchpad

Reader's Advisory

Not sure what to read?
We have many recommendation tools to help connect our members to relevant and fun reading materials at RPL.

RPL Staff Picks: Books We Like

Email Notification

If you provide us with a valid e-mail address, we will e-mail you a courtesy notice before the due date of your loans and when your holds are available for pick up.

Email notices will also be sent for items that are 1 day overdue, 7 days overdue and 21 days overdue.

Add your email address to RPL's computer system today to start receiving email notifications!

Login to Update Your Email Address

Accessibility & Home Services

Richmond Public Library is dedicated to providing service to all community members.

Our accessibility services include a variety of accessible formats, including large print and audiobooks on MP3 CD or DAISY readers.

We also provide home delivery service of library materials to elderly, disabled and homebound members who are unable to visit the library.

More About Accessibility & Home Services