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Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park

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Founded as a public library in 1903, the Oak Park Public Library provides 53,000 residents public access to information, spaces and services through three buildings and its website, oppl.org. Led by a publicly elected Board of Library Trustees, the library has 125 employees, many who team with local leaders and community organizations to support learning, literacy, and community connections. As a member of the SWAN library consortium, the library offers its cardholders access to nearly 8 million items. Cardholders can also download and stream digital books, audiobooks, movies, and music from anywhere, anytime. The library is dedicated to preserving local history; its special collections include materials from the childhood of Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Rice Burrows and Frank Lloyd Wright.
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  • The Oak Park Public Library is excellent, with a multitude of in-person and online services and programs. Service is uniformly excellent and the institution strives to meet the needs of a diverse comm...  more »
  • Lots of choices in books, video, and resource material. The space is beautiful and comfortable. The staff is very friendly and helpful  more »
  • This is a great library with multiple resources for locals and tourists. They also have a nice computer room and some study rooms that are excellent for small groups up to 4-5. I love this library.  more »
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  • They really should call this the Oak Park Social Club with Books instead of a library. It is very nice for that purpose, but for a library, it is simply too loud. I agree with the other posters that this place is simply too loud for studying. People walk into the quiet areas to have phone conversations or round-table discussions or eat meals. The silent room is often full of people listening to music or watching movies on their laptops who can’t hear the noise they’re making. I tried to study for the LSAT here, and I ended up finding more peace and quiet in a coffee shop. The staff is largely unhelpful and unwilling to enforce quiet. I suggest just going in, borrowing your books, and taking them home.
  • Great selection, and it is very nice that they took away the fines. The only big problem is that it is way to loud, and as other reviews said, it is like a social club.
  • The resources are there, but the place is not well organized for all the services it provides. It's as if it is always being rearranged piecemeal depending on what group of users, in the name of diversity, screams the most. Hey, I am a senior and would like a recliner and nap area! It's a shame the library has this "identity complex" because it is frustrating to use. It cannot be a bookstore, Redbox, snackshop, teen center, homeless shelter, internet cafe, theater, concert hall, playground, daycare, school, etc... This library needs strong leadership and planning. The Friends can't do it. They can't even handle the booksale.
  • Love it! Is clean, huge and has big selection. The parking lot is of great convinience. Is very kid/toddler friendly, has tons of activities for kids.
  • Love this library. Huge book selection. Nice people. Parking free.

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