Are you a local author, musician, or filmmaker? Your creative work belongs at your public library.
Submit, create & publish your work
Oak Park Creates is an opportunity to share your creative work—your book, your music, your movie—and have it become part of a unique and growing local creators’ collection. Have questions? Get answers in the FAQ section below or email email@example.com »
Submit to the collection
Physical and digital books, movies, and music are considered for inclusion in this local creators’ collection.
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FAQs: How to become part of the Oak Park Creates collection
Who can contribute?
Anyone with direct ties to Oak Park—including current and former residents and those who work or attend school here—can submit materials for consideration to include in the collection.
What can I submit?
Creators can share any physical format such as books, discs (DVD, Blu-ray, CD, LP), and other self-contained objects that can be stickered and labeled for loan. As with other items in the SWAN catalog, the library becomes the owner of all items shared.
Ebooks and digital audiobooks, movies, and music can be submitted for inclusion in the library’s digital collection. Acceptable filetypes include:
- Ebooks: ePub2, ePub3, or PDF
- Audiobooks and music: MP3
- Movies: MP4, MPG, AVI, 3GP, FLV, DIVX, WEBM, or OGG
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Who can see or borrow my work from the library?
As part of the Oak Park Creates collection, your work will be available for checkout to everyone with a library card in the SWAN library network, about 1 million people, and on display for checkout on the Main Library’s second floor.
Digital titles selected for the Oak Park Creates collection will be available to download and stream online.
Additionally, creators can opt-in for the opportunity to gain state and nationwide exposure if selected to become part of one of these digital collections for local authors available through inkie.org:
- Indie Illinois collection, a statewide collection of ebooks promoting independently-published local authors
- Indie Author Project Select, a Library Journal-reviewed collection of self-published adult and young adult fiction available to readers across the country
- Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project, an annual author contest in Illinois
Available to everyone in Illinois at no charge, inkie.org is a suite of resources that support local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allow readers to access locally-produced content.