UPDATE: Work is completed, and Maze Branch reopened March 14.

Making proactive improvements for your safety

Due to lower-level floor installation, Maze Branch will be closed February 29 through March 14. Ground moisture in Maze Branch’s lower level, as well as damage from previous years’ flooding (since addressed with the Village of Oak Park), has resulted in uneven linoleum in high-traffic areas.
Replacing the flooring “is about safety,” says Assistant Director Jim Madigan. “There are spots near the base of the steps and public bathrooms where tiles are curling up at the seams,” Madigan adds. “We’ve been monitoring this issue, and know we need to proactively address it, before there is a real concern.”
To install new lower-level flooring, the library has hired a local vendor to complete the concrete floor work and to install new marmoleum, a natural linoleum bio-based, highly durable, non-toxic, anti-microbial, easy-to-maintain surface. 
During this time, the library also will perform needed maintenance on six public desktop computers located throughout the building. Beginning February 27, public desktop computers and printing will be unavailable. On February 27-28, only library laptops will be available for onsite use.

Visit Main Library and Dole Branch

All Maze Branch meetings and programs previously scheduled between February 29 and March 14 have been either cancelled or rescheduled. Public computers; spaces to learn, collaborate, and create; and library-led classes, workshops, and storytimes will be available at Main Library and Dole Branch during that week. Find out more about public computersspaces, and events.

Questions about available holds?

Please ask us in person if you'd like to temporarily change your hold pick-up location to Main Library or Dole Branch.

What's next?

The library’s 2016 strategic plan calls for a capital needs assessment for the strategic maintenance of all library facilities and systems. This means we will be taking a close look at all library buildings, assessing and budgeting for what’s needed in the future.