Transgender Resource Collection

Our library values all people. We are committed to serving everyone while creating safe and inclusive spaces. The Transgender Resource Collection is curated to support transgender people and anyone seeking more information.

About the collection

In the broadest sense, the collection is specifically focused on the transgender community, reflecting experiences and raising awareness about gender identity and expression. It focuses more on contemporary titles geared toward a general interest level. It also includes all ages, all formats, and both fiction and nonfiction titles. This means that titles can be found in all areas of the library, but are easily accessible. Read our Collection Strategy Statement and email our Collection Management Team at with any questions »

Looking for kid-specific learning & resources?

Hal is a children’s librarian who specializes in serving LGBTQ+ young people and their allies.

Online resources

Subscription-based resources available with your Oak Park library card and PIN:

Articles & books


  • Gale in Context: Biography: Explore authoritative biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study, including a collection of biographies on notable LGBTQIA+ figures. To start your search, choose Browse People and then select LGBTQIA+ Figures from the dropdown.

Magazines & newspapers

Browse these digital magazines and newspapers with your Oak Park library card and PIN:

Awards, recognitions & publications

Originally funded (2005) by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the federal Library Services and Technology Act, the Transgender Resource Collection continues to be an integral collection to the library.

  • Award from Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA)
  • Designation as an Exemplary Project by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
  • Windy City Times
  • Lambda Literary
  • “When Collection Development Leads to Staff Development,” in Serving LGBTIQ Library and Archives Users edited by Ellen Greenblatt
  • “Crossing Barriers,” in Winning Grants by Pamela H. MacKellar and Stephanie K. Gerding