Better Lake Street & access to your library

Better Lake Street, the Village of Oak Park’s nearly year-long improvement project to renew, reconstruct, and resurface a primary thoroughfare near the Main Library, began March 2. It promises new concrete and asphalt roadway surfaces, replacement and restoration of water and sewer mains nearing the end of their useful service lives, and new streetscapes.

MARCH 6 UPDATE: Stage 1 work to remove and replace sewers and utilities on Lake Street between Oak Park Avenue and Euclid Avenue. Good weather allowed crews to work quickly and safely. A westbound traffic lane on Lake Street will remain open in the work zone, with a detour for eastbound traffic at Oak Park Avenue. Work on sewers and utilities is scheduled for completion in May.

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Learn more at where you can read more project FAQs, sign up for weekly construction email updates (we’re recommending everyone sign up!) and find more details about parking

Access to the Main Library

Specific to the Main Library and its 834 Lake St. address, here’s what we have learned from the Village:

  • Pedestrian and moving vehicle traffic will not be restricted directly in front of the Main Library, yet drivers may often be restricted to one lane being open at a time.
  • If Main Library parking garage access would need to be restricted, it would be for hours, not all day or days.
  • In April and May, construction at the intersection of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue will require that intersection be closed periodically and traffic rerouted.
  • Later this year, construction on Lake Street between Forest and Harlem will require that portion of Lake Street be closed for weeks, and traffic rerouted.

Let us know how we can help

During construction time, we want to ensure your access to library spaces, materials, and services continues to be as smooth as possible. That said, be sure to remember:

Your branch libraries

Both Maze and Dole branches offer meeting room rentals, spaces to pick up your holds (review your Preferred Pick Up Location after logging into your library account), and street parking. Log into your account now »

Home delivery

Home Delivery is available to all Oak Park cardholders unable to come into a library location, either indefinitely or for a short time—for example, while recovering from surgery or caring for a newborn. Contact us at 708.452.3469 and, sharing your name, address, and telephone number to learn more.

Your digital library

Whether you want to stream and download ebooks, digital audiobooks, movies, and music or research and learn remotely by accessing hundreds of vetted databases and tools, an Internet connection and your library card and four-digit PIN can get you started, with access from anywhere at anytime.

Questions? Contact us now »

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