Coronavirus and your library

At this time, all three buildings remain closed until Monday, May 4. That could change. Your digital library is always open, with patron support available. For continued updates, visit this page (oppl.org/covid19) and the Village of Oak Park (oak-park.us/covid19).

Latest news

Gov. JB Pritzker extends ‘shelter in place’ order for Illinois until May 4. From the State of Illinois, find more details on:

Where to get COVID-19 facts

State & federal agencies

News from more local agencies

Your library FAQs & our answers

Since announcing building closures, we have answered questions on these topics and more. Need to know something not answered here? Call us at 708.383.8200 and leave a message. Or ask us via oppl.org/contact. A library staff manager will respond as soon as possible.

  • My account is blocked. What can I do? Contact us (708.383.8200 and oppl.org/contact), and we will work with you.
  • What’s happening with my holds? When we reopen, holds will be available for seven days.
  • Can I ignore any automated SWAN notifications? Yes, you can ignore them for now.
  • Should I return my materials now? Not yet. Please keep your materials until after we reopen. We can’t accept them right now. Remember, no fines!
  • Can I drop off book donations? Not yet. Keep your materials (books, DVDs, CDs) donations as we can’t accept them at the Main Library now. 
  • Can I make an interlibrary loan request? Yes, but only article requests may be fulfilled at this time. Any requests for physical materials will be postponed until the library reopens.
  • Is the library making outreach visits? No, we are not delivering anything, anywhere (no visits to homes, daycares, or senior centers).
  • Can I access all the online learning resources? Yes, and there’s so much there waiting for you! Only Ancestry.com is not accessible remotely.
  • Can you help with PIN resets? Yes, we can help reset your PIN remotely as the last four digits of the phone number on your account.
  • Can I make new meeting room reservations? Not yet. We are still working to reschedule meetings and events cancelled between March 12-March 30. 

Feeling sick? Call your doctor. And everyone should continue to…

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze in the crook of your elbow, or a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Get discounted internet access (eligibility criteria apply)

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering two months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with COVID-19. Learn more & see if you qualify »

Sign up for Oak Park emergency notifications

The Village of Oak Park has an alert system to notify residents or businesses when emergency situations occur. To sign up, just go to www.oak-park.us/notifyme, click on the green Sign Up for Alerts button and follow the instructions. Anyone who would like to sign up, but lacks access to a computer can call 708.358.5489 to be added to the voice message alert list. The Village distributes messages only when deemed important, such as alerts about severe weather, snow emergency parking and mosquito spraying. For more information, email prepare@oak-park.us.

Real-time updates directly from the CDC

The most effective way to prevent the spread of germs

According to the CDC, washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

The CDC recommends you follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Why? Read the CDC’s science behind the recommendations »

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