Local History

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.


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. See the Steiner Index »

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