All Richmond Public Library locations will be closed Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth. Our Online Services are available 24/7.

Expanded Access

Welcome Back to RPL

Beginning Wednesday, May 12, 2021, Richmond Public Library will ease C19 limits/restrictions to access in our libraries. We will safely allow more access to our resources and information.

All libraries will be open to the public. We will stop contract tracing of patrons entering our building, in addition to temperature checks. All curbside services will stop as we cannot maintain interior service and curbside service at the same time. Doorbells for patron access will be discontinued.

Library ServicesFAQ

Using the Computers

Computer access with limited session (60 minutes) time will be available at each of our locations.

Curbside Printing Services

Curbside Printing is still available for select locations. Check our curbside printing page for more information on participating libraries. Costs may apply.

Circulation Services

Circulation services are available.

Donations

The Friends of the Richmond Public Library are accepting donations by appointment only at this time. Please email friends@rvalibraryfriends.org to set up a time to donate materials. Materials must be in bags or boxes.

Printing Services

In-person printing and faxing services are available for each location. 

Got Another Question?

For more information, access us via our online chat or by calling your nearest RPL location.

Hours


Notary Services

Limited notary services. Please visit our Locations page and choose your branch to learn more or call your local library for more information.

Meeting / Study Rooms

Meeting rooms and study rooms are not available.

Reservations cannot be made for these spaces.

FAQ

How Will Social Distancing Be Enforced?

  • Furniture and public computers have been removed or rearranged in some branches to help maintain 6 feet between people. Plexiglass shields have been installed at select service points,and floor markers help maintain proper distancing. We ask patrons to please respect these measures for the safety of our staff and other patrons

Why Aren't You Open Longer?

  • We have a multi-stage plan and are working to restore service as efficiently, effectively,and safely as we can. At this time we are open with limited capacity and reduced hours of operation in order to encourage social distancing and to mitigate against infection. Most Library buildings and curbside pickup are available Monday through Saturday, from 10AM to 5PM. All locations are closed Sundays.Please check your specific branch for further details.

I Returned a Book But It Still Says It's Checked Out. What Happened?

  • We are quarantining items for 24 hours after they are returned. You can expect a delay before your account is updated. You will not incur any charges for the delay; as of February 2020, Richmond Public Library no longer charges overdue fines.

Do You Clean All Returned Materials?

  • Per the guidance from VDH returned items are no longer quarantined before returning to our shelves.

I Have Books to Donate. Where and When Can I Drop Them Off?

  • The Friends of the Richmond Public Library are accepting donations by appointment only at this time. Please email friends@rvalibraryfriends.org to set up a time to donate materials. Materials must be in bags or boxes.

What Is Happening with Library Programs?

  • Programs are currently being offered online. Check our online calendar for all upcoming events.

Can I Bring My Children to the Library?

  • For now, we are asking that any children coming to the library be supervised by a responsible adult at all times for their safety and the safety of others. Masks are not required for children under the age of 5; we leave that decision to caregivers and parents. While we currently do not have any in-person programming at the library, many of our virtual children’s programs can be found on our website or our YouTube channel.