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

July 12: A new & improved catalog experience

SWAN beta test catalog

Want all the details? Watch the short video (just click on the image above). As an Oak Park library cardholder, you have access to more than 10 million items from 100+ area libraries through the SWAN catalog. It’s this collaborative “resource sharing” that gives more people more access, more choices, and more value when using … Read more

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

Easter Realness #2

The Obama Portraits are on display at the Art Institute of Chicago June 18-August 25 For Illinois Residents, museum admission will be free June 18–25, the first week that The Obama Portraits will be on view. To reserve free admission tickets, Illinois residents must reserve a ticket online in advance. Resident status will be verified using the zip code … Read more

Working together to keep everyone at every age safe

Child and women wearing masks

With the state’s June 11 move to Restore Illinois’ Phase 5 and the Village of Oak Park’s Health Department following suit, the library is making changes regarding its COVID-19 protocols. Building capacity limits have been removed. During open hours, real-time building occupancy counts continue to display in a bar at the top of this website. … 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

Maze Branch open with limited hours, services

Maze Branch

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

Local COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Person getting 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 and are updating it frequently. Have a question not addressed here? Contact us now » Ways to get vaccinated (English) » … Read more

Giving more attention & leadership to technology and collections

Elizabeth Marszalik, Leigh Tarullo, Kathleen Spale

During the past year, we’ve reaffirmed that technology and collections—both physical and digital—are core and essential services and functions of our library. And they require greater attention and leadership than ever. To address these needs, achieve our strategic objectives, and have a more significant and positive effect on our community and staff, we’ve shifted some … Read more

Improving building air quality & energy efficiency

Work is happening this spring at the Main Library to improve indoor air quality and to reduce electricity consumption and waste.  Air quality and safety: To support safety for our staff and community, we’re reducing the risk of airborne viral transmission by installing an air purification system in our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) … Read more

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