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

- Albert Einstein


The Ridgewood Public Library Foundation has committed over $1.5 million to the Ridgewood Public Library in its tenure.  

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


RPLF gave $37,000 enabling the library to upgrade the library internet and phone system from cable to fiber, purchase hardtop gazebos that will be assembled outdoors on its patio space, and add to its Library of Things inventory and Libby collections .

Community needs

  • 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.

Planned GIVING


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


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.

  • Gazebos purchased to be assembled on patio space

  • Currently planning to expand teen study space in 2023

  • Currently planning to add study and quiet room areas on upper floors in 2023


Continued support to purchase additional titles in these focused areas.

  • Library of Things

  • 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

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