The library plays a critical role in archiving and supporting its community's local history. In addition to having specially trained librarians dedicated to Special Collections and Local History, we regularly partner with other local institutions dedicated to preserving the past, and we've played a part in creating local history along the way, serving as a public library since 1903.

Hacking Hemingway

Beginning this summer, we'll begin to offer unprecedented access to rare archives from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and the library. More>

Digital Archive

Find photos, documents, and first editions of Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and other famous figures. More>

Steiner Index

Research your Oak Park home's history, as well as more buildings in Oak Park and River Forest. More>

Local Authors

Learn about authors and cultural figures from Oak Park, both past and present. More>

More resources about local history