The Oak Park Public Library is a community-centered organization that anticipates and responds to local aspirations (literacy, safety, diversity, inclusion, equity, affordability, and health) in part through its public programs. If you are interested in presenting a program with the library, please read through the following information and complete the form on this page.

Reasons to program with your library include:

  • Supporting literacy of all kinds for everyone;
  • Providing public space for in-person dialogue on topics the community cares about;
  • Increasing collaboration between local agencies; and 
  • Offering opportunities for more human connections.

Considerations include:

  • Aligning with the library's strategic plan;
  • Presenter background/qualifications;
  • Connection to and duplication of other community programs;
  • Relation to library collections, resources, exhibits, and other programs;
  • Desired collective impact;
  • Budget; and 
  • Desired date, time, and location. 

Priority is given to programs of an arts, cultural or humanities nature, to programs that encourage civic, digital, and financial literacy and community discourse, and to programs promoting race and social equity. For low-income families, library programs are a critical community resource. For the youngest library users, programs start children on a path to early literacy.

If you are interested in presenting a program with the library, your proposal will reflect these reasons and understand these considerations. The library receives hundreds of suggestions each year, and therefore is unable to respond to all submissions. If your submission is accepted, a library representative will contact you to discuss next steps.

Program timeframe, proposal deadlines

If program is in...the proposal deadline is:
December through February...August 1
March through May...December 1
June through August...March 1
September through November...  May 1

Payment

The library's terms of payment are net 30 days from the completion date of the program. Your check will be mailed to you within four weeks after the completion of your program, upon receipt of your signed program agreement(s), W-9 form and independent contractor certificate with valid tax ID number.

Copyright

The library has been advised that performance of copyrighted works in library programs without the proper licensing is a violation of copyright law. Performers and musicians who use music or other copyrighted materials in library programs should only use music or material for which they have permission to use, however they intend to use it. The library expects that performers and musicians will obtain any necessary copyright permission and/or license for any non-original works used for any library program. This includes works performed live and/or use of recorded music in library programs.

I have read the above guidelines and am ready to submit a proposal.

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