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The Richmond Public Library is closed until further notice in accordance with public health orders to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you have material checked out, please keep it until the closure ends.
We will extend due dates and waive fines and fees.

For information about COVID-19 and Richmond’s response, please go to 

Library Resources While Sheltering-in-Place

E-books and Audiobooks: Your library card + your device @ your place

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Free Resources

Many cultural institutions, programs, and people are making their works free to view or interact with during the health crisis. These lists are partial and will continue to be updated.


General / Adult

Storyline Online - SAG-AFTRA Foundation
Actors reading children’s books; illustrated.

Kennedy Center: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
New each weekday at 10 AM PDT and on demand

PBS Kids - Videos and games for PBS programs, such as Arthur, Curious George, Odd Squad, Sesame Street, and Super Why.

California Science Center Stuck at Home Science

California Academy of Sciences

California State Park PORTS Home Learning

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari

Khan Academy

Calendar of Live-streamed Events
Note that times are listed Eastern Daylight.
The Metropolitan Opera
Free streaming performances

Museum tours from Google Arts & Culture

Guggenheim Museum Collection Online

The Louvre

NASA Image and Video Library

National Gallery of Art Collection Highlights

National Museum of Natural History virtual tour

National Women’s History Museum

Online Archive of California

San Diego Zoo webcams

SciStarter - Citizen Science
Projects you can contribute to from home - or while on a walk.

New Books

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Featured Programs & Services


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Immigration Lawyer at the Library

Read to a Dog!

Reading to a Dog

Readers 1st-5th grades

  • March 16, 3:30 PM
  • April 20, 3:30 PM
  • May 18, 3:30 PM

Call the Children’s Room 510-620-6557

STEAM - Fun with Science!

Seeds & CompostingGardeningwith UC Master Gardeners

  • Saturday, March 21, 2:30-4:00 PM
  • Friday, April 17, 3:30-5:00 PM

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Doll Collection

Did you know you can check out and take home American Girl dolls from the Children’s Room? Learn more.

UC Master Gardeners

Spring Gardening Talk SeriesGardening

6:30 PM

April 9
May 14

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World Book Day

Thursday, April 23rd

2:00-4:00 PM
Book-Themed Crafts

6:30-8:00 PM
Book Talk
local author/ photographer
Fletcher Oakes

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Getting ready for college? Check our scholarships page!


Story Time

Story times for infants through preschool.

Multiple times and locations.

Learn More.

Homework Help

Homework Help!

Grades K-6th

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
3:00-5:00 PM
Main Library
Children's Room

More information:

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Reading Buddies

Volunteer tutors help children develop their reading skills.

3:00-5:00 PM
Main Library
Children’s Room

More information:

Ebooks & Electronic Resources

Accessible with your library card

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Discover & Go passes for museums 

Knowledge City - update your business skills

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Basic ESL - Learn English!

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