Oak Park is home to a library for everyone. Entrepreneurs, new businesses, and nonprofit organizations have access to spaces, training and events, subscription-based resources, and local community information.
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As our Business and Government Services Librarian, Bridget Optholt helps you find the resources you need as a business owner or entrepreneur. She also collaborates closely with librarians curating the collection for businesses and entrepreneurs, develops related programming, and cultivates community partnerships based on healthy living.
Get a library card, gain full access
Oak Park business owners, nonprofits, and employees can get a library card and gain full access to all the services and resources the public library offers. These cards have a one-year expiration from issue date but may be renewed by phone (call 708.383.8200).
- Owners can apply with a lease or a tax bill and a current photo ID.
- Employees can provide current proof of employment and contact information for the business or nonprofit owner (who will be responsible for any fees or lost materials).
Reserve a meeting space
Host your next meeting or event at the library. Reserve a room online, by phone, and when visiting a library service desk. Virtual meeting spaces are an option, too!
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Find titles recommended by the OPRF Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Affinity Group for summer 2022 below.
Discover industry trends & collect valuable data
Subscription-based resources available with your Oak Park card & PIN include:
- Barron's: Investing and financial news.
- Business Source Premier: Essentials for the business researcher.
- Crain's Chicago Business: Chicago business news.
- Foundation Directory Online (FDO): Find grants, requests for proposals, and more.
- Illinois Legal Aid: Articles and referrals to free and low-cost legal aid offices.
- Legal Information Reference Center: Full-text of top consumer legal reference books.
- LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com): Business-related classes and workshops.
- Morningstar Investment Research Center: Financial stock and mutual fund information.
- Record Information Services: Data on new homeowners, businesses, and more for market research.
- Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA): Directory of 14 million businesses and 89 million residents.
- Regional Business News: Business journals, newspapers, and newswires.
- Small Business Reference Center: Books, tools, and videos that address small business topics.
- Value Line: Information on stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities.
Connect with community organizations
Find support from Oak Park-area organizations.
- Allies for Community Business: Provides local capital and coaching for businesses.
- Available commercial real estate: Shows available local real estate for businesses.
- OPRF Chamber of Commerce: Member-based organization supporting the Oak Park and River Forest small business community to stay informed, network with other members, and provide marketing opportunities.
- Oak Park Economic Development Corporation: Serves developers, property owners, and businesses seeking sites, financing, or other assistance in the development, sale, purchase, lease, or rehab of commercial property within Oak Park.
- Score Chicago: Provides free business tools, workshops, and face-to-face or online mentoring to aid in the success of small businesses.
- Village of Oak Park Business Services: Manages business licenses, permitting, zoning, and health department/fire safety inspections.
- Women's Business Development Center: Provides free mentoring, programs and services to support and accelerate women’s business ownership.