David Seleb and La Shawn FordThe library can now provide more distinct places for small groups to learn and connect, as three additional study/conference rooms are available on the Main Library’s third floor, due in large part to the foresight and support of Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago.) The library formally thanked Rep. Ford in a short presentation and reception at 9:30 am on Wednesday, November 18, outside the rooms on the Main Library's third floor.

“Study spaces at the library have always been in high demand,” said Executive Director David J. Seleb. In 2014, a total of close to 14,000 people used the four original study rooms on the Main Library’s third floor. “With Rep. Ford’s support that secured the state funding to help pay for this project, the library was able to expand a popular service, and give Oak Park more of what it has told us it wants. We thank Rep. Ford for his vision in introducing the legislation, which resulted in the generous appropriation that helped make this happen.”

"The library is a great steward of tax dollars," Rep. Ford said after the ribbon cutting at his November 18 visit, calling the library "a true nonprofit."

Rep. Ford introduced appropriations approved in 2013 by the Illinois General Assembly that granted $100,000 to the Oak Park Public Library to help build the rooms. Funds were managed and distributed by the Illinois State Library, a division of the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. Chicago-based Nagle Hartray Architecture and construction firm Bulley & Andrews completed the work. Team leads from both companies are Oak Park residents.

Public meeting spaces at the library

Three new rooms in the southwest corner of the Main Library's third floor are now available for public use. Two new rooms accommodate groups of two to four people. The third, a larger conference room, holds groups of two to 12 and is equipped with a large HD screen for digital presentations. 

A total of seven rooms are now available for up to three hours at a time, every day of the week. No library card is required and certain registration limits apply. In addition to the Main Library, both branch libraries offer public spaces. Find more details about using and reserving library spaces.