Help us envision your public library’s future

ThoughtExchange

2020 was a year like no other. As we look ahead and plan for a library in a post-pandemic world, we want to know what you think. That’s why we are inviting you to share your thoughts using ThoughtExchange, a unique tool for gathering feedback, and ideas in an open-ended, confidential, and easy-to-use digital environment. Our question … Read more

Local COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Person getting vaccine

As eligibility widens across Illinois for COVID-19 vaccinations, the information about how, where, and when to find appointments for vaccines grows. To help us all find useful, local resources, we have assembled this page and are updating it frequently. Have a question not addressed here? Contact us now » Ways to get vaccinated (English) » … Read more

COVID-19: Our approach to put people & safety first

Main Library entrance

Vaccine information » About COVID-19 » Fact-checker » As we share information about COVID-19, here’s information about how your public library is continuing to serve you during this pandemic. Questions? Contact us now and call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources and support, contact the library’s Social Services and Public Safety team. To help continue to contain the spread of … Read more

Maze Branch to open April 19 with limited hours, services

Maze Branch front entrance

As restrictions lessen and more vaccine appointments become available, we expect to open the Maze Branch Library with limited hours and services on Monday, April 19. In-person, self-service visits to Maze Branch, as they are at the Main Library, will look different than they did in pre-COVID times.  For everyone’s safety, masks will be required to … Read more

Coronavirus information

COVID-19

Coronavirus updates from the village, county & state Village of Oak Park » Cook County Travel Guidance » Illinois Department of Public Health » Illinois COVID-19 response » “Restore Illinois, A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State” » Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s announcements, executive orders, and briefings (watch live or listen to audio … Read more

Updated: Local business and COVID-19

Person shopping with medical mask on

“The information for businesses is changing so fast, and there’s so much information out there,” says Business & Government Librarian Bridget Optholt. Below, find some state and local resources for clarification and further help. The latest Illinois state plans and orders Read the March 18 plan from Gov. J.B. Pritzker: A Bridge to Phase 5 (pdf) and … Read more

Help SWAN beta test a potential new catalog

SWAN beta test catalog

As an Oak Park library cardholder, you have access to more than 10 million items from 100+ area libraries through the SWAN catalog. It’s this collaborative “resource sharing” that gives more people more access, more choices, and more value when using their public libraries. Why is SWAN testing a potential new catalog? To ensure the … Read more

Let’s work together to keep each other safe

Child and women wearing masks

With the help of the Oak Park Health Department, the Main Library has a safe building capacity set at 120 total, or 40 people per floor. Maze Branch, come April 19, will have a safe building capacity of 40 total. Real-time capacity numbers display during open hours on the top bar of this website and … Read more

Meet Rose, your new Health & Senior Services Librarian

Rose Barnes, Health and Senior Services Librarian

As our new Health and Senior Services Librarian, Rose Barnes is your go-to for resources on health and wellness and senior services. “I am most interested in exploring more ways to incorporate health and wellness programming into the library while also creating spaces for conversation and growth,” she says. “I am passionate about practicing yoga, … Read more

Meet Alex, our new Teen Services Librarian

Teen Services Librarian Alex Gutierrez

Joining our Teen Services team is Librarian Alexander Gutierrez! “I’ve always wanted to be a librarian and have the opportunity to work with youths because of their energy and optimism,” he says. His path from library volunteer to librarian Alex has been with the Oak Park Public Library since 2016, when he started as a … Read more

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