Need something to read but don't feel like going out?

We have endless books, magazines and other items for you to check out digitally!

Man lying on a couch reading a book which obscures his face

Find out more here!

Hours and Location


The library is currently open FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP ONLY.

You can request books and DVD's by phone on 815-385-6303 or via email at


Our library is currently staffed:

Monday: 10am - 3pm

Tuesday: 2pm - 7pm

Wednesday: 10am -3pm

Thursday: 2pm - 7pm

Friday: 12pm - 5pm

Saturday: 12pm - 5pm


Please note - we CANNOT offer copying or fax services at this time, or use of the computers. Call with any questions on 815-385-6303



Find us at:

813 IL-120 

McHenry, IL 60051

The Covid-19 Epidemic

Advice For Patrons

We know it's a confusing time, and one thing the library has always offered is information, we're here to help! Below please find some links regarding information on the Covid-19 epidemic, and when we can expect things to get back to (somewhat) normal.


Illinois Dept. Of Health Covid-19 Updates

CDC Information on Covid-19

Chicago Tribune Covid-19 Updates




The library is OPEN!!

Welcome back...

Poster 1 detailing the library's reopening plan for Monday March 1st 2021

Poster 1 detailing the library's reopening plan for Monday March 1st 2021

Do you know about our storytime craft kits?

Entertainment in a bag

Poster with details of our take and make crafts for storytime this February

2021 Reading Challenge

We're excited for this celebration of a year of reading! Stop in and pick up a calendar.

Poster describing our 2021 reading challenge - call to pick up your calendar

Storytime Shake-Up

Something new at River East!

Poster explaining our new story time experience starting this January 2021

Heard about EBSCO Databases?

Take a look...

Poster giving a quick synopsis of the use of EBSCO Databases

Library Closing - Back to Locker/Curbside Pickup!

Poster informing our patrons that our library will be closing as of Monday November 16 2020 and going to curbside pickup until further notice, due to the high positivity rates for Covid-19 in our area.


Borrow from the comfort of your home!

Borrow e-books, audio books and more at OverDrive. All you need is your River East Library Card.


eRead - Our Digital Library

Endless books - right at your fingertips.

Image provided by Axis 360 of a woman holding a tablet or mobile device facing away from her, with the screen displaying the Axis 360/eRead Illinois website.

Clicking the image above will take you to a new app we're using that allows you to borrow all kinds of books on your phone, tablet, or e-reader. You'll need to log in using your library patron number. You can find this on your library card - or give us a call if you can't locate it. You can find everything from new releases to your favorite classics right here.

Our Library Catalog

Search our catalog, then email us or give us a call to arrange curbside pickup!

Our Library Catalog  Logo for Destiny Follett