Books Empower: How we’re partnering to give new books to people who need them most

Books Empower: Book delivery

‘The kind of project that makes us love Oak Park’ With funding from the Illinois State Library, we’ve launched an initiative to distribute new, free books to community members who are most in need of resources. Recipients will be able to keep these books forever and use them to build their home libraries. This new … Read more

Coronavirus information


Public health updates 14-day travel quarantine list » Village of Oak Park » Illinois Department of Public Health » Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker administration (watch live or listen to audio only) We are in Phase 4 of the ‘Restore Illinois’ plan “Restore Illinois, A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State” » Illinois COVID-19 … Read more

All October: Participate in the virtual Restorative Justice Conference

Restorative Justice Conference 2019 Community Committee

2020 theme: The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity We’re excited to announce that Oak Park’s third annual Restorative Justice Conference will take place virtually, all throughout October. This year’s theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity (watch the video and see below for more on this theme). The goal of this year’s conference is to provide … Read more

‘I returned items. Why are they still showing up on my account?’

Return items here

Seeing items on your online account that you already returned? Getting notifications that you think you shouldn’t? Is “DELINQUENT” displaying on your self-checkout screen? Don’t worry! When you return your library items, they are not checked in immediately. This means it is taking longer than it used to for your account to reflect the updated … Read more

Our plan to reintroduce services, reopen buildings

Main Library entrance

Navigating COVID-19 together As we share information about COVID-19, here’s information about how your public library is continuing to serve you during this pandemic. Questions? Contact us now and call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources and support, contact the library’s Social Services and Public Safety team. Putting people & safety first To help continue to contain the spread of … Read more

Let’s work together to keep each other safe

Keeping each other safe sign at the Main Library

To help continue to contain the spread of COVID-19, we are now in Service Level 2. See what you can do during Service Level 2 » Main Library now open with safety precautions & limits Visits to the Main Library will look a lot different than they did during pre-COVID-19 times. Face coverings are required, … Read more

Self-service holds pickup & checkout is back!

Holds on Second Floor

Above photo: You can now pick up your items on the Main Library’s second floor and check them out using self-checkout stations. Checkout is not available in the lobby. Have you been notified your library items are ready for pickup? You can now visit the Main Library second floor to find those items and check … Read more

Supporting Power of Partnerships, a new virtual tutoring collaborative

District 97 E-Team Library Dominican logos

Logistical aspects of this partnership are currently in development. Information will be updated here as more details are formalized. To support Oak Park families and educators who will participate in remote learning, the library is partnering with the Equity Team (E-Team) of Oak Park, Oak Park Elementary School District 97, and Dominican University to serve … Read more

Library director joins Harwood Institute board

David Seleb and Rich Harwood in April 2019

Our library’s Executive Director David J. Seleb has joined the board of directors of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. He began serving on the 11-member board in June 2020, as he continues to lead the library using the Harwood Institute’s “turning outward” approach. “The Harwood Institute has profoundly influenced my professional and personal life … Read more

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