Here's just a few ways we're committed to strategic priorities of engagement, learning, and stewardship.

Engagement

  • By teaming with other local organizations, the library works to achieve its mission, and have an impact on what matters most to Oak Park. Read more about our Manager for Community Resources, and how community conversations help inform our strategic priorities.

  • As your public library, one of the most vital roles we have is to offer you an exceptional customer experience. It’s a goal we strive for every day, and it’s why we are continuously asking you to tell us about your experience.

  • Providing opportunities to connect with your neighbors and talk about topics that matter is one of the primary goals of our community-wide summer reading  program, One Book, One Oak Park.

Learning

  • The library was a founding member of the Collaboration for Early Childhood, a nonprofit committed to helping Oak Park children get a strong start in life. Each year, we join in key community events such as kindergarten registration, book fairs, and family literacy programs.

  • Our children’s librarians routinely participate in instructive workshops and preschool screenings, take storytimes on the road to engage early learners, and visit area schools in the spring to promote summer reading.

  • All three library buildings offer spaces where kids and teens can participate in after-school activities, study and do homework, and connect with teachers, tutors. Learn more about study rooms at the library.

Stewardship

  • At the Main Library, we have steadily reduced energy usage by installing LED lightbulbs in the parking garage, lobby, and elevators. Overnight, we keep only about 20% of the building’s lights on—just enough so that our cleaning crew can work to make your experience the best it can be. Learn more about the sustainable building design, including our green roof.

  • We are able to fund innovative projects and programs through generous donations to our seven dedicated library funds, including the Paperback Rider, Oak Park's beloved book bike.

  • Thanks to a grant from the Illinois Secretary of State, the world now has digital access to rare Ernest Hemingway archives. Learn more about Hacking Hemingway.