Navigating COVID-19 together
Putting people & safety first
Contact-free holds pickup, Main Library only. Buildings, parking garage remain closed to public. Staggered returns to begin.
Main Library open with specific capacity limits and some onsite staff for materials, technology support. Public computer use by appointment only.
Dole & Maze reopen. Smaller-scale public meetings and library programs. Study room use only by appointment. Full stacks, special collections access.
Full service restored. Larger-scale library programs. Onsite storytime, outreach to preschools.
Now (Service Level 2): Main Library only open Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm
- Self-service: Coming inside? Here’s what you need to know »
- Contact-free: Use your public library without entering the building »
Next: Anticipating Service Levels 3 & 4
- The majority of library services will be reintroduced and all buildings will be open.
- There may be limitations on larger group gatherings for meetings and programs.
- Programs for children in grade school and older may be offered as well as adult and teen programming; children must be able to understand and practice safe hygiene and physical distancing.
- Community engagement and outreach to young children in-person will remain suspended.
- Some seating will be reintroduced but configured to allow for physical distance.
- Study rooms may be used with one or two people.
- Computers are accessible at physically distant intervals.
- Desk staff are available on the service desks but only one staff member per desk.
- Voter registration, proctoring, and notary services will be available.
- Service desks will be fully staffed.
- Device checkouts will be permitted and all computers are in operation.
- All seating areas will be back on the floor.
- Larger group gatherings of all ages for meetings or library programs will be allowed in meeting spaces at all locations.
- The Community Engagement team will make Book Bike visits and attend outreach events.
- Visits to preschools and storytimes will resume.
- Art exhibits may be scheduled.
About physical materials access
Beginning June 22, options to return materials expand to include:
- Both outside the Main Library entrance and inside on the first floor.
- Curbside book drops will open:
- In Village of Oak Park Parking Lot 55 (at North Boulevard between Kenilworth and Oak Park avenues). See on Google Maps »
- At Maze Branch on Gunderson Avenue.
- At Dole Branch on Augusta Street.
- Please note: You will be responsible for items left outside book drops. If drops are full, please do not leave items next to or on top of the drop. Thank you!
Yes. When logged into your library account, you can add titles you want to remember to “My Lists.” Find instructions from SWAN here »
For now, due dates for all SWAN library materials have been extended as needed. SWAN is a consortium of nearly 100 west suburban libraries, and when it comes to late fines, the lending library’s rules apply. It can be confusing, so if you have questions, please contact us.
Yes, but please note that many university and public libraries are currently unable to fill interlibrary loan requests. This may cause delays, or we may be unable to fill your request at this time. Visit oppl.org/requests to get started »
No, please do not bring materials donations (books, DVDs, CDs) to any location. Find area locations who may accept book donations now »
We are following protocols set by the CDC, the American Library Association, and additional health care and library agencies. Right now, any returned materials will be quarantined for three days before being checked in. This is based on recommendations by RAILS and research conducted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services: “Research Shows Virus Undetectable on Five Highly Circulated Library Materials After Three Days.“
We plan to follow guidelines set by the CDC, the library industry’s best practices, and the Oak Park Department of Public Health. Read more about what we’re doing to keep each other safe »
About summer reading, in-person events, meetings & community visits
Not until Service Level 3.
Learn more about using virtual meeting spaces.
I have another question & want to speak to someone
Please contact us! We continue working remotely, answering your questions as quickly as we can. Call us at 708.383.8200 and leave a message. Or ask us via oppl.org/contact. A library staff member will respond as soon as possible.