Please wear a mask inside all library buildings, at outside storytimes, and when visiting the Book Bike

Child and women wearing masks

From the Village of Oak Park Health Department on July 28: “Public health officials recommend wearing masks in indoor public settings. With another 25 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported over the past week, local public health officials are recommending that everyone, including those fully vaccinated, consider wearing a mask in public indoor settings. The … Read more

Local COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Person receiving a vaccine

As eligibility widens across Illinois for COVID-19 vaccinations, the information about how, where, and when to find appointments for vaccines grows. To help us all find useful, local resources, we have assembled this page. Have a question not addressed here? Contact us now » Ways to get vaccinated (English) » Ways to get vaccinated (Spanish) … Read more

A new & improved catalog experience

SWAN beta test catalog

As an Oak Park library cardholder, you have access to more than 10 million items from 100+ area libraries through the library’s catalog. It’s this collaborative “resource sharing” that gives Oak Parkers—and all SWAN library users—more access, more choices, and more value when using their public library. And now, you’ll find it even easier to … Read more

Librarian Shelley Harris recognized for dedication to young people

Shelley Harris holds an AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) board in the Maze Branch Community Sensory Garden

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Youth Services Forum has awarded Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris with the 2021 Golden Ticket Award for her “outstanding local contribution” to young people through programs that “promote a love of literature and instill positive feelings about libraries.” Shelley’s “creativity, incredible work ethic, and commitment to serving young patrons and their … Read more

One online calendar for all of Oak Park is a free website and mobile app that puts all six Oak Park government agencies and more local organizations in one online calendar. You can choose to create a personalized event feed and even sync events to your Google or iOS calendars. You can also choose to receive notifications if events change. Sign up … Read more

Maze Branch open with expanded hours

Maze Branch Library

In-person, self-service visits to Maze Branch, as they are at the Main Library, look different than they did in pre-COVID times. Masks recommended For everyone’s safety, masks are recommended to enter and stay inside the building. Physical distancing of 6 feet is encouraged. Some tables and chairs (placed at a physical distance of at least 6 feet) … Read more

Susanne Fairfax appointed to Board of Library Trustees


In a unanimous vote, the Board of Library Trustees appointed Oak Park resident Susanne Fairfax to fill its current vacant seat. Fairfax is invited to the board’s July 24 strategic planning session. She will be formally installed as a trustee for the special two-year position at its July 27 regular meeting. ‘Ability to re-envision and … Read more

A presidential portrait artist’s earlier work is on permanent display at your library

Easter Realness #2

The Obama Portraits are now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, through August 25. President Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley. But did you know that an earlier work by Wiley is on display on the Main Library third floor, open to all to experience anytime the library is … Read more

COVID-19: Our approach to put people & safety first

Main Library entrance

Vaccine information » About COVID-19 » Fact-checker » Here’s more about how your public library is continuing to serve you during the pandemic. Questions? Contact us now and call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources, contact our Social Services and Public Safety team. Summary of service levels 1 Digital collections and virtual services only. Remote customer service, virtual programs, and meetings. Buildings, returns, … Read more

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