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Rialto Spotlight: Friends of the Rialto Library

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

The City of Rialto is filled with plenty of undiscovered fun locations. One in particular is the Rialto Branch Library.

This 1960s library is located at 251 W First St, Rialto, CA 92376, United States, near the downtown fire station and police station.

The library, named "Friends of the Rialto Library," is home to different exciting features. One is the wall of VHS tapes that can be checked out with a free library card.

The wall, which could not be photographed due to the no photography rule, has a variety of VHS tapes, an estimate of one thousand VHS tapes, including the entire series of Gilmore Girls.

Employee Paul, who chose not to share his last name, shared, "The library is great. I like it, and I love the events it holds. We're having a children’s painting event tomorrow, and I’m glad the library is not too busy. "

The library is rated a 4.3 on Yelp and seems to still be growing, as Paul shared that the popularity of the library has definitely boosted since the pandemic.

If you’re looking for a chilly, quiet place to enjoy a book or study, then this is definitely the place for you since it offers free internet access and even features a used bookstore where college textbooks can be bought for less than 5 dollars, and a variety of free books are on sale.

Jasmine Anette says, "The library is great, Though I wish it offered an extended variety of books for adolescents."

Stephany Ortiz, branch manager, says she enjoys the programs the library offers. Using the painting event as an example, she continues by saying she’s proud of the resources the library offers, like a bookstore, programs, free internet access, and a judgment-free environment.

The semi-dated library also features a computer lab, a resource center, and gives the appearance of an attempt to modernize with the inclusion of a printer and a touch-screen computer device.

Though the library is a bit dated in terms of interior design, it offers a variety of books and programs that offer great opportunities. The rating of the library is one to be agreed with upon your visit.

Overall, the library managed to bring in a good number of positive reviews and therefore gets a rating of 4 out of 5. It is definitely one you should visit. Or one you should consider.


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Smile for life
Oct 21, 2022

Thank all the Rialto high school student (shout-to Anaiz A.) volunteers who help maintain the library.

Gooo Rialto knights cheer team!


I used to go to this library when I was younger. I enjoyed using this library for internet access and we also watched movies from here. This would be nice place to go do homework with friends.


This is closest public library to my house and is a great place to do homework in. They also have events in the summer that are free to attend, and are a great way to entertain younger siblings. I have a photo of my little sister, from one of the summer events when she was five, touching a python and smiling at the camera.


This library brings back memories of my childhood since I went to this library as a child. Though it's quite small, I feel that it's better due to the library has a cozy feeling to it. Everyone is friendly and the environment is pleasant. There are different types entertainment items you can check out from children books, adults books, movies, and even magazines. I would recommend this library if you want a place to study that also has a nice feel to it.


Samantha Sanchez
Samantha Sanchez
Oct 07, 2022

I love the library. I always go here and you can order books online for free. You pick one and they have it sent to the library so you can read it. The last book I had unfortunately couldn't be renewed because someone else ordered it, but it was cool to know we could do that. The book I read was called "Before the coffee goes cold". It was good while it lasted. I also volunteer at the library and it's cool. I cut up crickets (crafts) for kids.

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