“Transgender” is an umbrella term that describes anyone whose gender identity does not match their sex assigned at birth. The Oak Park Public Library has created a unique collection to serve transgender people and everyone seeking information, including employers, medical providers, allies, friends, and family. Materials are available to most Illinois library cardholders.
About the collection
As one of the first U.S. public libraries to offer a Transgender Resource Collection (beginning in 2005), Oak Park continues to support the curation of an inclusive collection. Read our Collection Strategy Statement and please reach out with any questions.
Awards, recognitions & publications
Funding for the initial creation of the Transgender Resource Collection came through 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.
- 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
- I Love Libraries.org
- 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