"The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library."

- Albert Einstein

PUTTING YOUR GIFTS TO WORK FOR OUR COMMUNITY

The Ridgewood Public Library Foundation has committed over $750,000 to the Ridgewood Public Library in its tenure.  

Our commitment to providing for today's needs while preparing for tomorrow's drives every decision.

2021 RPLF GIFT

RPLF gave $26,500 enabling the library to further expand its e-book collection, purchase new teleconference materials, and update 3D printers and overhead scanners.

PROBLEM SOLVED

  • As the COVID-19 health crisis forced libraries around the world to close, demand for our already popular e-books skyrocketed nearly 200%.

  • Requests poured in for both adult and children e-books resulting in extended wait times for most titles.

  • Circulation is up 52% and wait times across all areas are down by over 30%. 

 

Despite the curveball thrown at us in 2020/2021, RPLF held true to its mission to ensure the future stability of the library and keep our services in line with the changing needs of our Village.

HISTORICAL GIVING

TECHNOLOGY

Upgraded state-of-the-art technology resources:

  • Upgraded teleconference materials

  • MakerSpace updates  - New 3D printer and overhead scanner

  • Local History Resources - new overhead scanners

  • iPad Pros, Virtual Reality (VR) goggles, and drone

  • iPads, laptops and tablets

  • Additional charging stations and mobile hot spots

  • 3D drawing tablets, Bambu sketch stylus, Intuos art tablets

  • Wireless microphones and assistive listening devices for hearing impaired

FACILITY

Optimized functional and comfortable spaces to provide best access to library resources:

  • Upgraded Young Adult Center with new computers, iPads and growing collection of books, magazines, and more

  • Reconfigured additional small group study and meeting spaces

  • Improved communal areas with new chairs for adult readers and other furniture upgrades

  • Painting and improvements in the Art Studio

  • Partnership with RPL Board on the ReImagine Campaign

SERVICES

Continued support to purchase additional titles in these focused areas.

  • Digital content - Libby/Overdrive

  • Large-print books

  • Text and resources to support Ridgewood High School curricula

  • World Language and ESL materials

  • 300 bookbags to visiting 3rd graders each year