The Oak Lawn Public Library serves more than 50,000 residents from Oak Lawn and other surrounding communities.
The library offers access to a vast collection of resources for research and recreation.
The library was founded in 1934. Although the original library building is long gone, a new library was built in the 1970s, and underwent an attractive upgrade in 2002.
Patrons of all ages are encouraged to take advantage of the library's generous borrowing privileges, Internet workstations and wireless access, electronic databases, cultural and educational programs for children and adults, community meeting rooms, convenient book and video drops, patron café and the opportunity for lifelong learning.
All Oak Lawn residents and property taxpayers within the village are eligible for a free library card.
In addition to its extensive collection of books, DVDs, and CDs, the library offers the Bookworm Café, where patrons can enjoy tea, coffee, and sandwiches.
- Hours: Mon - Thu, 9am - 9pm; Fri, Sat, 9am - 5pm; Sun - 1pm - 5pm
- Handicap Accessible: Building is ADA-compliant, including elevator, accessible restrooms, and ground-level entry doors.
- Founding Date: Aug 01 1934
- Parking: Free lot
- Size of collection: 300,945
- Specialties: Electronic databases, free Wi-Fi, local history, law library, computer labs, public art gallery, car repair manuals
- Services: Audiobooks, Movies, Music CDs, Research databases, Resources for job seekers
- Internet use policy: Children must be accompanied by adult. Filtering options in use for youth computers.
- Programs/classes: Adult and children's programming and activities, including lectures, "how to" classes, free movies, an art gallery, reading clubs, open-mic nights, concerts, cooking classes, AARP driving classes, lectures, and writing classes.
- Book donation information: Friends of the Oak Lawn Library operates a used bookstore. All book and movie donations are tax deductible. Textbooks and Readers Digest compilations are not accepted. Donations may be dropped off during library hours.
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Private events: No