Our Library Catalog

Search our catalog, then pick up in person, or in an outside locker!

Our January Calendar

Find out what's happening this month at River East!

Our JANUARY calendar.

And a look ahead to our FEBRUARY calendar!

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Follow our Facebook page for our most up-to-date announcements!


Discover books and audiobooks from the comfort of home!

With Libby by Overdrive

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.

In a book club or thinking of starting one?

BookBrowse has suggestions!

We don't just carry books and DVDs!

Check out the large selection of items in our Library Of Things!

We have everything from bakeware to tools, to toys and games - there's something for everyone, so stop by and take a look!


Picture of a Dremel tool kit available for check out

Picture of a ukelele available for check out

Image of a digger toy available for checkout

Scholastic Go!

More digital content

Logo for Scholastic Go

 Scholastic GO!® offers endless resources for research in a multitude of media. Explore nonfiction texts, world newspapers, videos and more with this easy-to-navigate digital resource designed to strengthen content knowledge, vocabulary, and core proficiency skills.

Click the image above to get started!

Mobile Markets

Brought to you by Northern Illinois Food Bank

Calendar showing the dates and locations of the Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile MarketsSpanish language copy of the Mobile Market calendar

What's coming up at River East?

We have fun projects and events for you!

Don't forget to sign up & register! We have the following upcoming programs, classes and activities for adults:


Poster advertising our Unvalentines Craft


Poster for Heather's upcoming March leprechaun craft

Poster advertising our upcoming craft class with Heather

poster showing our upcoming paint classes

Poster advertising our upcoming book bingo

Poster advertising our upcoming new game night

Poster advertising our upcoming Painting with Tisha class

Poster advertising our upcoming virtual book club


And for the kids...

Poster advertising our music and movement class



Poster for our new kids book bingo

Poster advertising our upcoming green slime party

Poster advertising our upcoming winter story times






And here's what you missed! 

It's back!!

Following last year's success, Library Lovers Expedition is back again!

Poster advertising our upcoming Library Lovers Expedition

What's new?

We have so many new titles!

We have lots of new books in Spanish to add to our Languages section!

Image showing a selection of our library's new Spanish language books




House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel is here! Check it out today.

New movies for 1/18/23


New titles 01/16







Read to Succeed - a winter reading program at River East!

Win Wolves tickets!

Poster advertising our new Read to Succeed reading program

Coming soon - 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

An ongoing challenge at River East!


Image of a cat sitting on top of books, with the words 1000 books before kindergarten at river east library

One thousand books? That seems like way too many, right? Not at all. You got this. It doesn't matter if your child is three, or just three months - there's no better time to start than now! 

Reading helps build social and emotional skills, sparks creativity and imagination, promotes bonding, and helps kids do well overall in school. Take that motivation, open one book, and get started. And remember, 1000 is just a number. The goal is to work reading aloud into your regular routine, and let the magic of stories do the rest. 

We'll provide more information soon!

Can't decide what to read?

Bookbrowse has you covered...

Click the books below to get started.

How to find us

Our hours and location

Our library is currently open:

Monday: 10am - 7pm

Tuesday: 10am - 7pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

Thursday: 10am - 7pm

Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday: 10am - 5pm


Call us on 815-385-6303


Find us at:

813 IL-120 

McHenry, IL 60051

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