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Values & priorities

  • Vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities: We exist to empower every voice in our community, and we share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park’s aspirations. As a public library in a Book Sanctuary Community, we value democracy and intellectual freedom and encourage everyone to read diverse and inclusive books.
  • Equity and anti-racism: We are a library for everyone.
  • Free people read freely: We defend your freedom to read and stand up against censorship.
  • Data privacy: We provide privacy statements for individual third-party vendors.

Our story

  • News and stories: Useful information to help you get the most out of your library.
  • Evaluating our impact: Qualitative and quantitative data about library work.
  • History: In 2023, we celebrate 120 years as a public library, and 20 years in the current Main Library building.
  • 2022: A year in review: Annual highlights and accomplishments.

Working here


  • Board of Library Trustees: Elected officials responsible for the library’s policies, budget, vision, mission, and strategic plan. 
  • Budget: Current year’s budget and previous years’ audited financial statements.
  • Policies: Board-approved governance of library operations.


  • Friends of the Oak Park Public Library: A separate 503(c) organization supporting the library and building community bridges.
  • Donate: Give to endowment funds to support your library’s future.
  • Civic engagement: Stay informed, understand governmental processes, and exercise your citizenship rights and obligations.
  • #OPPLChampions: Support the library on social media.

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