Holds, Returns & Lockers

You can pick up and return most library items at any Oak Park library location or other SWAN library—unless otherwise indicated on the item.

Walk up to return books anytime in the book drop located on the northeast side of the Main Library building (and just south of the Grove Avenue cul-de-sac).

Placing items on hold

Picking up items on hold

  • It’s easy to change the way you are notified about your holds. Learn more here »
  • Inside each library, there is dedicated shelf space where you will find items alphabetized by cardholders’ last names.
  • Lockers are available outside and inside the Main Library for secure, contact-free pickup and returns. How to get started using a locker »

Returning library items

  • Items can be returned to the Oak Park Public Library or other SWAN library, unless otherwise indicated (those items are marked with specific return instructions).
  • Book drops—for library items only—are located inside and outside library locations. If book drops are full, please do not leave items near, next to, or on top of book drops.
  • Anyone who has checked out library items is responsible for them until they are checked in.
  • Lockers are available outside and inside the Main Library for secure, contact-free returns and pickups. Follow these instructions to get started using a locker »

More outside library book drops

Drive up: Village Parking Lot 55

See on Google Maps. Drive into the lot to access the curbside book drop. 

Walk up: Main Library Lockers

Lockers are available outside or inside the Main Library. How to use a locker »

Drive up: Maze Branch

Two book drops are curbside in front of Maze on Gunderson Avenue.

Dole Branch book drop

Walk up: Dole Branch

One book drop is near Dole Center’s north entrance (on Augusta Street).