Our new manager of public safety asks, ‘How can I empower others?’

As our library’s approach to public safety has evolved over the past five years, library staff member Aaron Alonzo has grown along with it. He started at the library in 2017 in a part-time role, and has since worked to become a leader in the organization. This month, Alonzo was promoted to Manager of Public Safety. … Read more

Our approach to put people & safety first

Main Library entrance

As we share information about COVID-19, here’s information about how your public library is continuing to serve you during this pandemic. Questions? Contact us now and call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources and support, contact the library’s Social Services and Public Safety team. Now: Digital & virtual services only To help continue to contain the spread of COVID-19 and … Read more

Coronavirus information


Buildings closed; digital library, virtual-only service until December 16 Since Wednesday, November 11’s announcement to close the Main Library until Thursday, November 19 due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19, more health advisories (for Chicago and suburban Cook County) have been issued. Both advisories go into effect at 6 am Monday and last 30 days. To … Read more

‘I returned items. Why are they still showing up on my account?’

Return items here

Are you seeing items on your library account that you already returned? Getting notifications that you think you shouldn’t? Is “DELINQUENT” displaying on your self-checkout screen? Don’t worry! Returned items are quarantined When you return your library items, they are not checked in immediately. This means it is taking longer than it used to for … Read more

Keeping book clubs going strong

Book Club Kids include: a bag, discussion questions and 10 copies of the same book

Like our library-led book groups, many community-based book clubs are continuing to stay connected virtually during this pandemic. To help support everyone’s love of reading and need for social connection, here are three library services (two of which are new) to help keep you and your book club both together and on top of what’s … Read more

Register now: Virtual Restorative Justice Conference enters final week

Restorative Justice Conference 2019 Community Committee

The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity Oak Park’s third annual Restorative Justice Conference has been taking place virtually all October, and it wraps up on Friday, October 30. This year’s theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. The goal has been to provide the community with strategies to cope in these extreme times. “2020 has been … Read more

Books Empower: How we’re partnering to give new books to people who need them most

Books Empower: Book delivery

‘The kind of project that makes us love Oak Park’ With funding from the Illinois State Library, we’ve launched an initiative to distribute new, free books to community members who are most in need of resources. Recipients will be able to keep these books forever and use them to build their home libraries. This new … Read more

Introducing Tech Tips: Using tabs in your internet browser

While our in-person programs are now on hold, we’re launching a new digital learning series called Tech Tips. In biweekly blog posts and emails, library staff will share digital learning tips in a short, approachable, and easy-to-digest manner. “We came up with this idea to reach our patrons who often attend our digital learning programs … Read more

Let’s work together to keep each other safe

Keeping each other safe sign at the Main Library

Buildings closed; only virtual services now. More » For Service Level 2: Building capacity limits & practices The Main Library has a total building capacity limit of 120 people, and a floor limit of 40 people. We’ll be doing hourly broadcast reminders to encourage everyone to keep their visit to 1 hour or less. Before you … Read more

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