When we’re closed, these warming centers are open

Close-up of snowflake

In an effort to proactively inform all about where to find shelter during severe weather, this information is now posted at all library front entrances and has been shared for posting with members of the Oak Park Homeless Coalition. As a reminder, the library is a defacto warming center, meaning we organically serve as one during library open hours … Read more

‘My mantra is to provide excellent customer service’

“Every time I walk through the doors of the library, the mantra I keep in my mind is: ‘To provide excellent customer service,’” says Rashmi Swain, Adult Education and Job Seekers Librarian. With 15 years of service to the library, Swain (pictured above, center) is among those celebrating milestone anniversaries this year. She and other … Read more

2020 Library Levy Request

The current Main Library building

The Board of Library Trustees approved the library’s 2020 budget at its October 2019 meeting, setting clear priorities to address building and IT infrastructure and maintenance needs and to achieve greater wage and salary equity. More background: From tax years 2009 through 2019, the library’s actual growth rate is 2.37%, according to data from the … Read more

Hoopla to require PIN beginning December 10

Hoopla on tablet being held over a table with winter greenery

As part of ongoing efforts to increase online security and data privacy, hoopla will begin to require all users to provide their library Personal Identification Number (PIN) to borrow and stream beginning Tuesday, December 10. During this upgrade, some hoopla content (more than 800,000 audiobooks, comics, ebooks, movies, music, and TV titles) may be affected … Read more

Art in the library: Inspiring empathy, connection

In November, two traveling art exhibits that inspire empathy and connection are on display at the Main Library. When Home Won’t Let You Stay, in the Idea Box, shares stories and portraits of refugees. Community on a Shelf, in the Lobby Community Engagement Space, explores the human side of mental illness, community support, and libraries. … Read more

Request for Proposals, Instructions, and Specifications for Cleaning Services for the Oak Park Public Library

Main Library

Date Issued: Friday, October 18, 2019Proposals Due: Friday, November 8, 2019, 5 pmOpening and Recording: Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at 10 am, Main Library, Scoville Room The Oak Park Public Library is requesting proposals to contract for the provision of cleaning services for its three branch locations. All questions regarding this Request For Proposal (RFP) … Read more

Free mental health assessments available


The library, in partnership with Rush University Medical Center is offering free mental health assessments (through prescheduled appointments) for children, teens, and adults on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Main Library. A Rush psychologist will conduct the onsite assessment. To learn more about these free assessments and to schedule an appointment, … Read more

Thanks for sharing all the great ways you use your library card

10 great ways

All September long, also #LibraryCardSignUp Month, Oak Parkers shared with us their favorites ways to use their cards. Many ways mentioned the joy of finding new releases, borrowing books to feed curiosities, and checking out titles that provide “the ability to be transported by compelling information and stories.” Here are 10 more unique ways that … Read more

You—and public libraries across the country—are facing a different type of censorship

Visit eBooksForAll.org to sign the petition

“Banned Books Week, being celebrated this year from September 22-28, usually is about challenging outright censorship,” wrote Kent Oliver, director of the Nashville Public Library, for a recent opinion piece published in his hometown newspaper. Now, “publisher Macmillan’s new e-book embargo must be challenged too.” We couldn’t agree more, Kent! Ebook embargo limits what libraries … Read more

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