We’re thrilled to have you join us, and are eager to share details to help you get the most out your library experiences. Working with you, the library provides opportunities for lifelong learning, creating spaces to connect and engage, fostering 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 drivers’ 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 and non-profit get a card? Yes! Oak Park-based business and non-profit organizations can show a lease or tax bill, a photo ID and share information on the person responsible for any fines or lost materials.
- I don't live in or have a business in Oak Park. Can I get a card? Yes! To receive full Oak Park benefits, you may purchase a card for an annual fee of $395.21. On Jan. 1, 2015, that price increases to $449.24.
Log into 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). Very often your PIN is initially set up to be the last four digits of your phone number. You can change your PIN at any time. Learn more about:
More about your card and account
- To check out materials, use checkout stations, public computers and to print, 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 state-wide 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.