News From Library

Tax Clinics

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This March, Canadian Revenue Agency approved volunteers will provide free Tax Clinics for low-income residents of Richmond Hill. This service is offered by appointment only at Central and Oak Ridges Libraries.

Please fill out a separate application form for each person applying. Download an application form below or pick up a copy at Central or Oak Ridges Libraries.  

For appointments at Central: Return completed forms to the service desk on the 1st floor of Central Library.

For appointments at Oak Ridges: Return completed forms to the welcome desk at Oak Ridges Library.

Only those eligible will be contacted for an appointment.

Download Application Form

Oak Ridges Library opens on Sundays starting Feb. 2, 2020

Oak Ridges Library

On behalf of the Richmond Hill Library Board, Library Board Chair Greg Beros announced the Oak Ridges Library will be open seven days a week beginning Feb. 2, 2020. The new Oak Ridges Library will join Central Library in being open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

“Our community is growing and our needs are changing. Opening the Oak Ridges Library on Sundays increases access to vital community services,” said Beros. “This was a commitment I made to the residents, which was fully supported by the Library Board, and I am proud of our staff for making it a reality.”

The new Oak Ridges Library opened its doors to the public on Nov. 12, 2019. In its first full month of service, the new location saw close to 13,000 visits – more than double the number of visitors to its previous location compared to the same time the year before.

The newest RHPL location features a green roof, a designated tween area, MakerSpace technologies, a computer lab, study rooms, and much more.

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Ukrainian International Airlines tragedy

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The devastating events on Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 resulted in many deaths, including members of our community. We are deeply saddened by the impact this incident has had on families in Richmond Hill and beyond.

In respect to the lives that have been lost in the crash, City Council has directed that all flags be flown at half-mast at Library facilities.

View the official statement from the City of Richmond Hill Deputy Mayor here.

York Region District School Board will host a candlelight vigil on Monday, January 13. Find more information here. 

Service update: cloudLibrary

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We're dedicated to providing you with the best digital content. As of December 31, 2019, RHPL will be discontinuing access to cloudLibrary. This decision will allow us to cut down on duplication in our digital content and bring you a wider selection through our RHPL OverDrive collection. Items in the cloudLibrary collection will be consolidated into OverDrive.

Until Dec. 31, you'll be able to borrow cloudLibrary eBooks from RHPL through the cloudLibrary app. After Dec. 31, you will no longer be able to use the cloudLibrary app or website with your RHPL card to borrow, place holds or read titles. Flagged items or items on hold through cloudLibrary will not be transferred over. All eBooks and eAudiobooks in our collection will be accessible solely through OverDrive and hoopla

Thank you for continuing to access over 600,000 e-materials at RHPL. Questions or comments? Please contact us.

Richvale Library Washroom Renovations

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Facility Update: Richmond Hill Public Library has commenced renovations on the two washrooms at Richvale Library.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2020. One washroom will remain open at all times, and we also have portable washrooms on-site outside the library for public use.

Please note that Richvale Library will remain open during the renovation project, but that there will be some additional on-site noise while work is being completed.

New storytime schedule (Central Library)

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We've streamlined the storytime schedule for our Central Library programs. Visit us daily to explore music, science, books and more! 

See the new Central Library storytime schedule (effective October 19, 2019). 

New Email to Print feature

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There’s a new way to send your files for printing at RHPL. Use our Email to Print feature, available at Central, Richmond Green and Richvale Libraries. Find out how you can use this feature. 

We've got an app!

we've got an app

Accessing your RHPL account, connecting to library services, and searching our catalogue has never been easier. Download the RHPL app from your app store.