Beginning Jan. 11: Use Augusta (north) door to enter Dole Branch Library

Call us if you need an accessible entrance

If you need to use the elevator to enter the library, please call  708.386.9032 when you arrive and request the west (Cuyler Avenue) door be unlocked. Signs will be posted on both exterior Dole Center entrances with the phone number. 

Why did the Park District make this change now?

This change comes for the Park District of Oak Park to comply with the Village of Oak Park’s public health order in response to the current surge of COVID-19 cases.

  • Specifically, the Oak Park order mandates proof of vaccination for customers age 5 and older at fitness centers such as health clubs, yoga studios, recreation centers and dance studios. It also applies to indoor venues where food or drink are served for on-premise consumption, such as restaurants and entertainment venues. The village order largely mirrors similar vaccine requirements that went into effect on Monday, January 3, in Chicago and other suburban Cook County communities.
  • Dole Center’s west (Cuyler Avenue) exterior door will almost always be locked. It will be opened and monitored by a Park District of Oak Park employee only during pre-scheduled park district program times. 

The library is not included in the village order

The Park District of Oak Park owns the Dole Center, and the library is a tenant in that building. What’s more, the Park District is included in the village order, the library is not.

For the library, any future decision related to proof of vaccination to enter any library space must be approved by the Board of Library Trustees. The board’s next virtual regular meeting is Tuesday, January 25, and proof of vaccination for entry to library spaces will be added to the meeting agenda. 

Putting people and safety first

  • In support of everyone’s safety, food and drink are prohibited in all indoor library spaces to encourage proper mask wearing, covering nose and mouth, at all times.
  • For questions about the public health order, please contact the Village of Oak Park.

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