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Mobile hotspots

  • Keep for one week; renew up to five times if no one is waiting.
  • Must be an Oak Park Public Library cardholder.
  • 4G device connects WiFi-enabled smartphones, tablets, and laptops to the Internet from any location within Sprint’s 4G coverage area.
  • One hotspot connects up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices; a fully charged device lasts about six hours.
  • Check out and return at service desks in all three buildings. Replacement cost is $80.
  • Comes in a zipped bag with power cord, adaptor, and instruction card.
  • Connect to the internet with the ZTE Warp Connect Hotspot (pdf) »
  • Can reciprocal borrowers check out a hotspot? Currently, hotspots are available only for Oak Park Public Library cardholders. Looking for options? Communities including Chicago and Forest Park offer mobile hotspots to their library cardholders.


  • Inside the library: use the “opplair” network.
  • Outside the Main Library: use “scovillepark” network, available in partnership with the Park District of Oak Park.

Desktop computers

  • Available during open hours until 10 minutes before the building closes.
  • Internet access and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher).
  • Dedicated stations for individuals with visual impairments and for children with special needs.

Session limits

  • For express sessions: 20 minutes
  • For regular sessions: two hours

Mobile devices

  • Includes laptops and iPad Minis for on-site use only.
  • Requires a library card registered with us and less than $50 in fees.
  • Cardholders are responsible for loss or damages, so devices should never be left unattended.

Loan limits

  • For adults and teens:
    • iPad Minis and laptops: up to two hours.
    • DVD players: up to four hours.
  • For children ages 8-13:
    • DVD players: up to four hours.
  • For children in grades 4-8:
    • Chromebooks: up to two hours.

More about laptops

  • WiFi Internet access and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Save documents to a flash drive and use it to print directly from library copiers; black and white ($0.15 per page) or color printing ($0.25 per page) is available.

More about DVD players

  • Come with headphones.
  • For adults and teens: 13.3-inch swivel screens. Built-in USB and SD card readers. Play music, movies, view pictures.
  • For kids: 9-inch screens. Play music, movies, view pictures.


  • At all library locations.
  • Color copies, double-sided copies, and oversize copies (legal and tabloid sizes).

Printing in the library

  • At all library locations (color and black and white).
  • NEW! The Technology Center is home to new equipment, including a new 3D printer, laser cutter, scan/copy/print station, and an oversized copier with advanced functionality. While some of these tools currently are used only at librarian-led public events, plans are in the works to expand access to new maker technology. More about Digital Learning at the library »

Wireless printing from anywhere


  • Scan documents and photos using library copy machines and scanners.
  • No charge for scanning.
  • Scanners allow scanning to email.


  • Local and long-distance faxing is available using the copy machine in the Main Library Lobby.
  • FedEx Office offers international faxing.


Digital (email, scan to USB, save to OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox)

  • No charge

Copying and printing

  • Black and white, regular size, 15¢ per side.
  • Black and white, oversize, 30¢ per side.
  • Color, 25¢ page per side.


  • 50¢ per page.