We’re thrilled to have you join us, and are eager to share details to help you get the most out of your library experiences. Working with you, the library provides opportunities for lifelong learning, creates spaces to connect and engage, and fosters a love of reading and a commitment to literacy.
Get a library card and account
- Apply online for a temporary account. You can immediately search the SWAN catalog to place up to three holds and access online resources. Then, within 14 days, bring your photo ID and proof of residency to complete the process at any library location.
- Apply in person at any library location. Bring your driver's license or state ID, and proof of Oak Park residency, such as a utility bill or recently postmarked mail.
- Can my child get a card? Yes! You and your child will need to visit the library together. Parents/guardians must sign the application form for children and teens under 18 and show proof of Oak Park residency.
- Can an Oak Park-based business or nonprofit get a card? Yes! Oak Park-based businesses and nonprofit organizations can show a lease or a tax bill, plus a photo ID and contact information for the person responsible for any fines or lost materials.
- Can a non-Oak Park resident get a card? Yes! To receive full Oak Park benefits, you may purchase a card for an annual fee of $449.24.
Log in to your account
- To log in, you need your library card barcode number (the 14-digit number that appears on the label under the barcode) and your personal identification number (PIN), the last four digits of the phone number on your account.
More about your card and account
- To check out materials and to use checkout stations, public computers, and printers, you need your library card barcode number (the 14-digit number that appears on the label under the barcode) and your personal identification number (PIN).
- Store your barcode number in your smartphone, memorize it, or bring in your physical card.
- Oak Park Public Library cards also may be used at most libraries in Illinois. If visiting a library outside Oak Park and the SWAN consortium, ask if they are a statewide reciprocal borrower. Bring your ID and Oak Park Public Library card. Registration may be required on your first visit. Be sure your account is clear of any fines.
- Anyone who has a valid Metropolitan Library System card, a Chicago Public Library card, or other Illinois library card may use Oak Park Public Library resources. Registration may be required on your first visit.
- All cards issued since March 20, 2012, have no expiration date. Cards issued before March 20, 2012, should be renewed (in person with a photo ID) one last time when the card expires.
- Please report a lost card immediately. We will mark it as lost, which protects you if it is misused. You may get a replacement card for $1.