Introducing Buzz Reads! RHPL's new collection of books with pop culture and timely themes and storylines. Buzz Reads is for readers of all ages but geared to those 20 to 45 and includes up-and-coming authors, emerging voices, and a mix of genres and subjects featuring diverse characters, topics, and settings.

"Bee" part of the conversation with authors you won't want to miss -- and just in time for summer reading!

Search our catalog for #RHPLBuzzReads now: https://loom.ly/uVWStZc




The lists below include print books, eBooks, podcasts, websites, and more. These lists have been professionally curated by RHPL librarians.

Resources about Race & Racism
(pdf files)

Multimedia Resources for Adults
Multimedia Resources for Adults
Multimedia Resources for Parents & Caregivers
Multimedia Resources: Asia
Black History Resources by Black Authors for Youth
Representation Matters: Anti-Racist Reading for Youth
Amplify Black Voices
Spark a Discussion

School Violence:

The following is a list of RHPL curated resources
including books, websites, and more, to help manage trauma
experienced from violent events. 

RHPL Youth Reads

Youth Reads about trauma
Youth Reads about anxiety

RHPL Teen Reads: 
Mindfulness Skills to Help Teens & Young Adults
Deal with Anxiety, Depression & Trauma

The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens:Strategies to Overcome Trauma,
Build Resilience & Take Back Your Life

RHPL Lecture Series
Coping Effectively with Big Feelings
Becoming Mindful & Resilient in the Age of Anxiety
Managing Anxiety & Depression During Unpredictable Times






Resources about Social & Political Unrest
(pdf files)

Books & Online Resources for Adults
Parent Resources about Social Unrest
Youth Fiction
Youth Non-Fiction

Additional School Violence Resources
from The Library of Michigan

Common Ground or call 1-800-231-1127.

Mental Health America: 
Talking to Kids About Fear & Violence

National Association of School Psychologists:
Talking to Children About Violence - Tips for Parents & Teachers
(Many additional resources on this site, too)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
School Shooting Resources

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:
AACAP Resource Library on Guns & Violence

Federal Resources for Helping Youth Cope
After a School Shooting

State of Michigan Tipline:
Childhood Trauma in Time of Crisis.








Rotary Gateway Park Information


Click here to download the Rotary Gateway Park brick database


RHPL Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

RHPL's COVID-19 safety plan has may be viewed by clicking on the COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Plan on the menu at right. 


noun Laptop 2687482Placing a hold:


  • Request materials ahead of time online or by phone.
  • Use your library card to log into your account and place holds on books, DVDs, and other available items. 
  • To place holds over the phone, call 248-656-2900.
  • For more about placing holds, view our video tutorial.

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  • Please wait for the email or text notification before you visit the library to pick up your held items. They may not be available if you visit before you receive the notification. 
  • Holds will either be available at the drive-thru window or shelved in the library lobby near the library's Circulation Desk. Check out items using the self-serve checkout kiosks throughout the library. You can choose your holds location online or call 248-656-2900 to have holds moved to another location (Main Library or drive-up).
  • Visit your online account at rhpl.org to check the status of your holds and pick-up location.  

noun bag 1204257Picking up held items or checking out materials:


  • Patrons are encouraged to use the self-serve checkout kiosks throughout the library.
  • Patrons may also check out materials at the circulation desk on the first floor. 
  • Innovative Items may be checked out at the Tech Services Desk on the second floor. Reservations for items are required prior to pick up.

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  • Return RHPL items at the drive-thru window, the automated return (24/7) next to the drive-thru window, or by using the return slots located in the lobby. 
  • RHPL's fines threshold has been extended to $15. At $15 in fines, patrons may not check out materials until fines are paid. 

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  • Review RHPL's Code of Conduct policy on Customer Service
  • As of Friday, May 13, Oakland County's community level of coronavirus has moved from medium to high according to the CDC county monitoring site. While at the high level, the CDC recommends the following:
  • Masks are not required to enter the library, but RHPL encourages all patrons to wear a mask while inside the Bookmobile. 
  • Masks are available to patrons in the lobby of the main library and on the Bookmobile. 

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  • Laptops bundled with WiFi hotspots can be reserved online or by phone. Items are limited. 
  • Online printing services are available to patrons who are residents of Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Twp. Print virtually any document or web page from your Internet-connected PC to one of our library printers. Visit www.rhpl.org/print to learn more. 
 Updated: 5/17/22

Michigan Activity Pass


mapsDid you know that your library card can be your best travel companion? Discover hundreds of Michigan's cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Michigan library card! You can "check out" FREE or discounted admission passes (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts & cultural destinations, seven National Park Service venues, and more. 

Click here to find out more!





Important things to remember:

1. Patrons may check out one MAP pass per library card every 7 days.

2. When you print out a MAP pass, you have 7 days from the date it was reserved to use it.

3. Please note that if you choose to print your MAP pass on a library printer, you may be charged the regular fee that is assessed by the library for printing.

4. Photocopies of MAP passes will not be accepted at MAP destinations. Only passes printed from the MAP website can be redeemed at MAP destinations.

5. Prior to your visit, please call ahead or check the museum's website in order to verify hours of operation, etc.

6. This brochure represents the current MAP participants at the time the brochure went to print. For the most current listing of MAP participants go to: http://tln.lib.mi.us/map/Files/MAP-LowerMitten-Brochure.pdf

7. For directions on how to reserve a MAP pass see: http://tln.lib.mi.us/map/files/MAP-HOWTO.pdf