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About the Outreach Department

The Outreach Services Department welcomes every age group and ability level. Outreach librarians offer many services at the library and throughout the community including books by mail and Bookmobile service. Our Outreach librarians can bring the library to you and help find the best solution for assistance with reaching or technology.

Contact an Outreach Librarian Suggest a Purchase

Large Print

  • Stop in to select a large print book from our extensive and well maintained collection.


  • A variety of digital, handheld and stand magnifiers are all available for checkout. You can search for the magnifiers in the library catalog by typing “low vision aid”.


  • “Make Your Life Easier” Kits are centered on a theme. They each contain special products to try before you buy, and information to make your life easier when dealing with a new or continuing issue. Themes include Arthritis, Parkinson’s, Help Aids, Caregiver Activities & Games, and Sensory/ Autism.

Are you learning English? Join English Matters Conversation Group, and have fun making new friends from around the globe. Check for ELL events on our events calendar.

  • ELL Book Club: Would you like to improve your reading skills? Let’s read a book together and discuss it in a relaxed, friendly setting. Check the events calendar for more information and to sign up.
  • More English Language Learning Resources free with RHPL Library Card:
    • Pronunciator – online language learning, Pronunciator also comes with a audiobook version called Bluebird to help you learn, hands free.
    • LearningExpress – Free online RHPL database for TOEFL, citizenship

Please contact Outreach Services at 248-650-7150 for any questions or help registering.

The Outreach Services Department provides library service to older persons throughout the community with mini-branch libraries located in the Older Persons Center and four retirement residences. Users have access to library materials as well as main library materials via weekly deliveries.

  • Avon on the Lake Mini-branch Established in 1998, the collection includes large and regular print books, and audiobooks.
  • Avon Tower Mini-branch Established in 1980, this popular materials collection includes large print books and magazines.
  • Older Persons’ Center (OPC) Mini-branch Established in 1983, the collection includes large print books, regular print, and magazines.
  • Samaritas Mini-branch Established in 1980, this browsing collection includes large print books, magazines, and DVDs.
  • Waltonwood at University Mini-branch Established in 1989, the collection includes large print books, DVDs, and magazines.

For more information about mini-branches and outreach services, please contact Outreach at 248-650-7150.

The Outreach Services Department will proctor written and online exams for distance learners who live or work in Rochester, Rochester Hills or Oakland Township.

  1. Students are asked to register each semester with the Outreach Services Department prior to having exams mailed to the library. Students may register on the phone, online, or in person. Appointments to take an exam will be scheduled after the testing material has been received by mail or email.
  2. Students are required to hold a valid Rochester Hills Public Library card when registering. If a student does not have an active card, he or she can get one at the Circulation Desk any time between registering for the exam and taking it.
  3. If students move during a term or semester and are no longer eligible for a Rochester Hills Public Library card, the Outreach & Bookmobile Services Department will proctor exams only until the end of that term or semester.
  4. Students are asked to make an appointment at least a week in advance of the desired exam proctoring date.
  5. Exams are taken at the table in the public area of the Outreach & Bookmobile Services Department. If it is an online exam and the student does not have a laptop computer, he or she may borrow one from the Circulation Department. The proctoring librarian will answer telephones and assist library customers during the proctoring appointment.
  6. The Outreach Services Department is not able to promise the same proctor for every exam.
  7. The library does not charge for proctoring but if the distance learning institution requires that we mail the exams, then postage paid return envelopes must be included or the student must supply stamps for mailing.
  8. Completed exams are mailed, emailed, or faxed to the school or university the the same or following day.

Register for Exam Proctoring

Memory Café

A Memory Café is a welcoming place for people with memory challenges and their care partners to socialize in a safe and friendly environment. Please note that the café is not a drop-off respite program. Questions? Call Outreach Services at 248-650-7150 or send an email to [email protected]

Join our next Memory Cafe

Senior Technology Help

RHPL is now offering one-on-one technology assistance in Outreach. Use your RHPL library card to book a 30-minute appointment and bring your personal device with you.

One-on-one Tech Help Appointment