Civic Engagement

As your public library, we strive to fulfill our community’s aspirations. One way we do this is helping you strengthen your civic literacy muscle. Civic literacy includes learning more about where you live, connecting with neighbors, and becoming an informed citizen. Have a question not answered here? Tell us now »

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“There is a rewarding, even exhilarating role for each of us in making democracy real.” —Frances Moore Lappe, Daring Democracy

The 2020 Census count begins April 1, 2020. Get a refresher on what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted. Learn more »

The Presidential Election is November 3, 2020. See suburban Cook County election results, get key information unique to your voting address or you, and find information about registering to vote. Be an informed voter »

At the library, you can print popular state and federal tax forms at no charge; use library computers to file taxes online; and find resources and referrals for more specialized help. Print tax forms, file online at the library »

New to Oak Park? Want to learn more about where you live? Find out more and sign up for Burbio.com »

Teaching people how to be better consumers of information is the fundamental task at the heart of our profession, as noted by the American Library Association. Check out resources and stay informed »

Do you want to learn more about a particular issue? Ask a librarian and find sources you can trust. Our librarians use their research capabilities and local expertise to deliver fact-based information to meet your needs. See our areas of expertise »

Want to connect with others, support your public library, and make your community a better place? Learn more about volunteering at your library »

Learn how to apply to become an election judge, run for local office, get a referendum on the ballot, and contact your local representatives. Get involved »

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