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Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park

Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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4.7/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web
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, 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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  • Nice settings, modern open and bright. Plenty of space to read or meet. Very nice variety of books, magazines and reference material very centrally located. 
  • 3 floors of books and art. Great family area on the first floor with good kid books and reading areas. I love the promotional reading challenges they do in the summer. So many great places to read als...  read more »
  • Of course I love it! Architecturally significant building, like something in the Pacific Northwest. Great views. Great books, films. 
  • The worst place for college students to study! Kids/Teens running all around the library shouting and playing with each other. The librarians on the 2nd floor voices are VERY loud. Libraries are suppose to be quiet places to study and read. CLEARLY NOT THIS ONE! (Tried the 3rd floor which was no different in noise level) I tried to study here and had to stick my fingers in my ears to try to read. I WOULD NEVER RETURN HERE!!!
  • This library is beautiful. The staff are fantastic. The selection is excellent. I spend a lot of time here with my 2 year old. The children's area is great with lots of activities and things to play with as well as a great selection of books displayed in a way that my toddler can easily pick her own. The story times and other children's events are all phenomenal. The park is also super excellent. There is a great summer concert series here for families and the tot lot is very appropriate for younger kids. Plus, the park has free wifi so you can look at your phone instead of watch your kids, if you want!
  • One of the greatest libraries ever. So many books. Good area for children to play and read.
  • I have been there for so many years. Staff is been very helpful and polite. They let you get on Portable DVD and Chromebooks and Computers and Checkout stuff even if you are Chicago Public Library. You can watch DVD on the computers. Never Strict. Every Staff do a Great Job.
  • Absolute bliss for parents to get their kids book-friendly. Also when around, checkout their PBS collection in video section.
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