Who We Are

Engagement. Stewardship. Learning.

These initiatives come directly from Community Conversations with you, the Oak Park community, and the people that work with you every day, our library staff. They reflect shared values including collaboration, compassion, knowledge, opportunity, accountability, sustainability, and transparency, which inform and guide our transformative work. Our commitment to engagement, stewardship and learning means we are listening, learning and growing with our community by:

  • Building community partnerships, especially with other agencies serving Oak Park.
  • Renewing our own commitment to service for better library experiences.
  • Preserving community history and improving access to it.
  • Acting upon the community’s demand for financial and for environmental responsibility.

Review the library's strategic action plan.

Read our mission, vision, annual report and budget.

See a list of organizations we often team with to pursue transformational change.

Learn how we strive to create welcoming environments.

Library News

Get them while they last! A limited print edition of "Gone But Not Forgotten Landmarks" custom note cards are now for sale ($20 for 15 blank cards and envelopes) at all library locations and the Visit Oak Park Visitors Center. More >
Looking for recommendations? Browse our staff picks for 2014, and see what's hot this holiday season, your most requested titles. More >
All library buildings are closed on Friday, Dec. 5, for Staff Day. It's the one day a year when we all get together to grow and to learn how to best connect in the coming year, with you individually and with our community overall! More >

Meet the Board

Open to the public, meetings of the Board of Library Trustees are typically held at 7:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month. 

Library History

Founded as a public library in 1903, Oak Park Public Library recently celebrated 10 years in the current Main Library building and 110 years as a public library.


Working Here

We are engagers: turning and focusing outward toward our community. We are learners: listening to what our community tells us and to act purposefully to achieve our objectives. We are stewards: defending our shared values, to use vital resources responsibly, and to work collaboratively with our partners to prepare for the future. Review job postings.

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