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 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 >

Finding more online

Download these images and more through the Illinois Digital Archives >