Better Lake Street & access to your library

Lake Street detour

Better Lake Street, the Village of Oak Park’s nearly year-long improvement project to renew, reconstruct, and resurface a primary thoroughfare near the Main Library, began March 2. It promises new concrete and asphalt roadway surfaces, replacement and restoration of water and sewer mains nearing the end of their useful service lives, and new streetscapes. MARCH 6 … Read more

Thank you, Dontaná and Jenna!

Librarians Jenna and Dontaná with books

As your (very proud) public library, we’re thrilled to share the words of two Oak Park librarians who recently served on prestigious American Library Association committees, one related to children’s literature and the other to LGBTQ+ literature. Here’s a little bit more about those meaningful experiences. Jenna: Newbery Medal ‘We…were willing to change our thoughts … Read more

Community survey results are in

Main Library at night

One thousand responses to the library’s Community Needs Assessment Survey are now available. This survey’s goals were twofold: (1) to learn more about what keeps people from using library resources and (2) to help shape how library spaces could and should be used in the future. Key findings touch upon community needs and vision, the … Read more

One online calendar for all of Oak Park

Together, the six governing agencies of Oak Park are excited to introduce a new, free calendar service that enables you to easily keep track of Oak Park events! is a free website and mobile app that puts all six Oak Park government agencies and other local organizations in one online calendar. You can choose … Read more

When we’re closed, these warming centers are open

Close-up of snowflake

In an effort to proactively inform all about where to find shelter during severe weather, this information is now posted at all library front entrances and has been shared for posting with members of the Oak Park Homeless Coalition. As a reminder, the library is a defacto warming center, meaning we organically serve as one during library open hours … Read more

‘My mantra is to provide excellent customer service’

“Every time I walk through the doors of the library, the mantra I keep in my mind is: ‘To provide excellent customer service,’” says Rashmi Swain, Adult Education and Job Seekers Librarian. With 15 years of service to the library, Swain (pictured above, center) is among those celebrating milestone anniversaries this year. She and other … Read more

2020 Library Levy Request

The current Main Library building

The Board of Library Trustees approved the library’s 2020 budget at its October 2019 meeting, setting clear priorities to address building and IT infrastructure and maintenance needs and to achieve greater wage and salary equity. More background: From tax years 2009 through 2019, the library’s actual growth rate is 2.37%, according to data from the … Read more

Art in the library: Inspiring empathy, connection

In November, two traveling art exhibits that inspire empathy and connection are on display at the Main Library. When Home Won’t Let You Stay, in the Idea Box, shares stories and portraits of refugees. Community on a Shelf, in the Lobby Community Engagement Space, explores the human side of mental illness, community support, and libraries. … Read more

Request for Proposals, Instructions, and Specifications for Cleaning Services for the Oak Park Public Library

Main Library

Date Issued: Friday, October 18, 2019Proposals Due: Friday, November 8, 2019, 5 pmOpening and Recording: Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at 10 am, Main Library, Scoville Room The Oak Park Public Library is requesting proposals to contract for the provision of cleaning services for its three branch locations. All questions regarding this Request For Proposal (RFP) … Read more

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