COVID-19: Our approach to put people & safety first

Main Library entrance

Vaccine information » About COVID-19 » Fact-checker » Here’s more about how your public library is continuing to serve you during the pandemic. Questions? Contact us now and call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources, contact our Social Services and Public Safety team. Summary of service levels 1 Digital collections and virtual services only. Remote customer service, virtual programs, and meetings. Buildings, returns, … Read more

Let’s work together to keep each other safe

Child and women wearing masks

With the help of the Oak Park Health Department, the Main Library has set a safe building capacity at 250 total. Maze Branch, open with limited services and hours, has a safe building capacity of 80 total. We expect to implement more service changes by July 5. Real-time capacity numbers display during open hours on … Read more

Maze Branch open with limited hours, services

Maze Branch

In-person, self-service visits to Maze Branch, as they are at the Main Library, look different than they did in pre-COVID times. For everyone’s safety, masks are required to enter and stay inside. Physical distancing of 6 feet is encouraged. Some tables and chairs (placed at a physical distance of at least six feet) are available … Read more

Local COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Person getting vaccine

As eligibility widens across Illinois for COVID-19 vaccinations, the information about how, where, and when to find appointments for vaccines grows. To help us all find useful, local resources, we have assembled this page and are updating it frequently. Have a question not addressed here? Contact us now » Ways to get vaccinated (English) » … Read more

Giving more attention & leadership to technology and collections

Elizabeth Marszalik, Leigh Tarullo, Kathleen Spale

During the past year, we’ve reaffirmed that technology and collections—both physical and digital—are core and essential services and functions of our library. And they require greater attention and leadership than ever. To address these needs, achieve our strategic objectives, and have a more significant and positive effect on our community and staff, we’ve shifted some … Read more

Improving building air quality & energy efficiency

Work is happening this spring at the Main Library to improve indoor air quality and to reduce electricity consumption and waste.  Air quality and safety: To support safety for our staff and community, we’re reducing the risk of airborne viral transmission by installing an air purification system in our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) … Read more

Coronavirus information

COVID-19

Coronavirus updates from the village, county & state Village of Oak Park » Cook County Travel Guidance » Illinois Department of Public Health » Illinois COVID-19 response » “Restore Illinois, A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State” » Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s announcements, executive orders, and briefings (watch live or listen to audio … Read more

Updated: Local business and COVID-19

Person shopping with medical mask on

“The information for businesses is changing so fast, and there’s so much information out there,” says Business & Government Librarian Bridget Optholt. Below, find some state and local resources for clarification and further help. The latest Illinois state plans and orders Read the March 18 plan from Gov. J.B. Pritzker: A Bridge to Phase 5 (pdf) and … Read more

Help SWAN beta test a potential new catalog

SWAN beta test catalog

As an Oak Park library cardholder, you have access to more than 10 million items from 100+ area libraries through the SWAN catalog. It’s this collaborative “resource sharing” that gives more people more access, more choices, and more value when using their public libraries. Why is SWAN testing a potential new catalog? To ensure the … Read more

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