Serving as a public library since 1903, we play a critical role in archiving and supporting local history. Librarians are dedicated to Special Collections, and we regularly partner with local organizations preserving the past. 


The library hosts monthly genealogy meet-ups to connect community members, unique subscription resources, and librarian expertise to help you research your family history. Find the next meet-up on our events calendar and sign up for the library's Genealogy Meet-up monthly emails. 

Discover anywhere, anytime access to a variety of online resources to support your local history and genealogy research, whether you're a beginner or advanced. A sampling of popular tools is listed on this page. Browse the full list.

Steiner Index

Research your Oak Park home's history, as well as that of more buildings in Oak Park and River Forest. More.