Art in the Library

The Main Library is home to one of Illinois’ largest public art collections. The permanent collection features contemporary American art, designed to engage our multicultural community with works that are challenging, intriguing, and enduring.

Listen to these six local artists ‘In Conversation’

In an effort to enhance your public art experience and better connect you with the unique creativity and spirit of six local artists, brief recorded interviews are available. Click on LISTEN to hear the artist in conversation directly from this webpage. Or find each individual piece on your next visit to the Main Library and call the unique “In Conversation” phone number posted.

LISTEN: In Conversation with Nancy Fong »
Where to find it: Main Library Third Floor, Study Room D

Artist Nancy Fong

LISTEN: In Conversation with Jonathan Franklin »
Where to find it: Main Library Third Floor, Study Room F

Artist Johnathan Franklin

LISTEN: In Conversation with Jesse Howard »
Where to find it: Main Library Second Floor, Southeast Wall

Artist Jesse Howard

LISTEN: In Conversation with Tia Etu »
Where to find it: Main Library Third Floor, Study Room C

Artist Tia Etu

LISTEN: In Conversation with Tom Palazzolo »
Where to find it: Main Library Third Floor, Tech Center

Artist Tom Palazzolo

LISTEN: In Conversation with Chris Ware »
Where to find it: Main Library Third Floor, Study Room B

Artist Chris Ware

Learn more about each piece in the permanent art collection.

Hover over then click on images below for more detail. You can also use the search box to enter the artist name or title of the work.

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Watch: ‘We Cultivate Curiosity’

Thanks to Videographer Joe Kreml and the Village of Oak Park for creating this inside look at the library’s permanent art collection »

Funding for the permanent art collection

Original acquisitions were funded by the Bricks for Art program and Gala Preview Party prior to the 2003 opening of the Main Library building. Building such a collection is a process that continues. Today funds are raised through a percentage of sales of artwork exhibited in the gallery and through giving to the library. To learn more, contact Executive Director David J. Seleb (davids@oppl.org708.697.6911).

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