Serving, reflecting, and welcoming
Transgender is an umbrella term that applies to people whose gender identity does not conform to what society has commonly associated with birth sex. The Oak Park Public Library has created a unique collection to serve transgender people and everyone seeking information, including employers, medical providers, allies, friends, and family. Materials are available to most Illinois library cardholders.
Learn more about gender identity through this brief introductory video from The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in New York >
Access to the collection
- These materials in the SWAN catalog may be borrowed by most library cardholders in Illinois.
- Selected Titles from the Transgender Resource Collection (PDF)
- LGBTQ Books for Teens (PDF)
- Free to Be: Books Celebrating Non-Traditional Gender Roles for Children (PDF)
- $200 Transgender Bookshelf
For libraries and other organizations interested in our work, be sure to visit our Library Toolkit.
Awards, recognitions, and publications
- Gordon M. Conable Award of the Public Library Association
- OPAL award from Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA)
- Designation as an Exemplary Project by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (PDF)
- Chicago Gender Society Community Partner Award
- Wednesday Journal (PDF)
- Windy City Times
- I Love Libraries.org
- Lambda Literary
- "When Collection Development Leads to Staff Development," in Serving LGBTIQ Library and Archives Users edited by Ellen Greenblatt
- "Crossing Barriers," in Winning Grants by Pamela H. MacKellar and Stephanie K. Gerding