Who We Are

Engagement. Learning. Stewardship.

These strategic initiatives come directly from Community Conversations with you, the Oak Park community, and the people who 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, learning and stewardship 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 learning for better library experiences.
  • Preserving community history and improving access to it.
  • Acting upon the community’s demand for financial and 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're creating welcoming environments.

Browse a list of fast facts on how we're committed to engagement, learning, and stewardship.

Meet our staff and learn more about the dedicated individuals who work at the library.

Library News

07/31/2015 - You asked for shorter wait times and more availability of new and popular fiction. We've responded by creating Hot Picks, new in-the-library displays dedicated to new and popular adult fiction, non-fiction, and DVDs. More >
07/31/15 - Changes are taking place on the second and third floors of the Main Library driven by goals to improve all customer experiences, support daily interactions, and better support learning environments for everyone. More >
07/30/2015 - Librarian Rashmi Swain connects a library patron with the resources she needs from the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center, enabling enjoyment of library services and stories in a whole new way. 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.


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