Though the building is closed, the staff is still providing services. Here is the latest update from Director Jim Deiters.

How Do I?


How do I get a Library card?

Visit the Customer Services Desk on the first floor. Oak Lawn residents that are 16 years of age or older can obtain and/or renew their own library card. Patrons under 16 must have a legal guardian present to obtain a card. You must provide a photo ID with your Oak Lawn address. If your ID does not have your Oak Lawn address, you will need one of the following with your photo ID, dated within the previous 3 months:

  • A utility bill
  • Motor vehicle registration card
  • Property transfer certificate, lease, or mortgage papers
  • Voter registration card
  • Senior citizen membership card, class schedule, Public Aid card, or medical aid ID card
  • Envelope with a postal change of address label and current postmark
  • Current magazine with mailing label
  • Pre-printed checks
  • Any pre-printed form of a current bill with name and address

Parents and legal guardians who wish to get a card for a minor under 16 must present proof of residency and sign the application acknowledging responsibility for library materials lent out to the minor.

Additionally, business and property owners may receive a library card. A business owner or officer may apply for a card by presenting proper identification and a current tax bill or a letter on the business' stationery requesting such service, signed by a business owner or officer. Only one card may be issued to a property or business owner and cards are good for one year.

How long can I keep Library materials?

Loan Period
Audiobooks, Books, Magazines 3 weeks
CDs, DVDs, Video Games 2 weeks
Interlibrary Loan materials Determined by the owning library

How do I renew items?

Log into your account at or call 708-422-4990 x100 during regular Library hours.

Alternatively, many materials will automatically renew with our automatic renewals feature. Audiobooks, books, CDs, and DVDs are all eligible for two renewals. Items from the Beyond Books collection, eBooks and Video Games are not renewable.

Items will not be renewed if:

  • Another patron has a hold on the item
  • The item has reached its maximum number of renewals
  • Fines on your account have reached $5
  • Your account activity has been blocked

How much are overdue Library fines?

Fines for most overdue materials are 10 cents per day (this includes audiobooks, books, CDs, and magazines). Beyond Books items, DVDs, and Video Games accrue fines at $1 per day. See the entire list of fines and fees here .

How do I pay fines and fees?

Fines and fees can be paid at the Customer Service desk or through your online account. Sign in to view your online account here .

How do I know when my hold is ready for pick up?

You will receive an automated phone call, text, or email letting you know when your hold is ready for pick up. If you have not received a notice that your hold is ready for pick up, it has not been processed yet.

How many titles can I check out?

Oak Lawn patrons may check out a maximum of:

  • 20 CDs
  • 10 DVDs
  • 3 pre-loaded MP3 Playaways
  • 2 Video Games
  • 2 items from the Beyond Books collection


How can I request a book from another library?

The catalog is the Library's listing of everything we own for you to check out - and it lists all the items that 96 other area libraries own as well! With this catalog and a library card, you can reserve items from other libraries and we will have these items sent here for you to pick up and check out. You may also select to pick up materials at another library if you prefer.

Can't find something in the catalog? We might still be able to help. Request an item from outside of our system.

Where can I find eBooks on the OLPL website?

All eBooks are integrated into the OLPL catalog. Or read more about Media on Demand and Hoopla.

How can I suggest a purchase?

We love hearing your ideas to expand our catalog. If you would like to suggest a book title, CD or Beyond Books item, please stop by the Youth Services Desk for kids or the Adult/Young Adult Services Desk for teens and adults or call 708-422-4990.


How do I reserve a meeting room at OLPL?

Meeting room reservations can be made through LibCal at . the Library's online scheduling system - and is free of charge for Oak Lawn residents and Oak Lawn-based groups and organizations. Non-residents will be charged a non-refundable fee $50 for each date that the Meeting Rooms are booked. The person(s) reserving the room is responsible for payment by check which must be received within 7 days after submitting their request.

Rooms available in the lower level include:

Meeting Room Name
Room Seating Arrangement
Oak Lawn Rotary Room (A) Up to 35 people Auditorium-style, with rows of chairs
Meeting Room B Between 50-75 people Auditorium-style, with rows of chairs
Meeting Room C Up to 30 people Six tables arranged in a rectangle, surrounded by chairs
Mary Nelson Room Up to 12 people Four tables arranged in a square, surrounded by chairs

Two flexible walls separate the three rooms (A, B and C) which can be retracted to accommodate larger groups.

How do I reserve a study room at OLPL?

The Library has six group study rooms available from the Computer Center on the second floor. All rooms are equipped with a whiteboard or a chalkboard. A quiet study area is also available for use by individuals. The quiet study area includes eight study carrels with two seats each and five round tables.

Study rooms may be booked in person at the Computer Center desk, by phone at 708-422-4990 Ext 540 or online at . Reservations are available for a maximum of two hours per person per day and may be booked up to two days in advance.

How do I schedule an appointment with an OLPL librarian?

To assist with more in-depth questions, patrons may request one on one appointments for reference, genealogy, eBook or computer help at . Appointments are limited to one hour. There is no fee for this service. Please be as specific as possible when describing your topic. We cannot provide legal, medical or tax advice.

How do I use the drive-thru service?

Patrons can drop off their books without stepping foot inside the Library. Enter through Cook Avenue or Dumke Drive.

How do I learn more about the Library's reading programs?

Reading for programs such as 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, Abe Lincoln and Summer Reading can be tracked at .

How do I receive home delivery?

By the Hand Outreach is a delivery service of library materials for Oak Lawn residents of any age who cannot use the library due to physical limitations or illnesses. Audiobooks, books, CDs, and DVDs are all available. There is no charge for this service. Contact Tippi Price, Customer Services Department Head, at 708-422-4990 for more information.

How do I learn more about ESL services?

OLPL's Conversation Circle offers new ESL learners an opportunity to practice speaking English in a supportive and relaxed environment. Students share conversations on various topics with fluent speakers. To find the most up to date meeting sessions, check out our calendar of events. For other questions, contact Adult & Young Adult Services Department Head Mary Williams at 708-422-4990 Ext. 510.


How do I donate books?

You can donate acceptable, "gently used" materials at the donation drop-off area for the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library, located on the first floor of the library near the Cook Avenue entrance. Fill out a tax donation form available at the Customer Services desk to receive a tax letter by mail acknowledging your donation.

Acceptable items
Unacceptable items
CDs Encyclopedias
DVDs Outdated Text books
Magazines Readers Digest Condensed Books
VHS tapes

Where is the book sale located? How much do the items cost?

The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library have an ongoing book sale located on the first floor of the library in the northwest corner. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases that are beyond their regular budget.

Hardcover books 50 cents
Paperback books 25 cents
Magazines 10 cents
Audiovisual materials Priced as indicated

How can I donate to the Library Foundation?

Donate online at . In May 2018, the Community Library Foundation launched a Foundation Donation campaign to benefit the Local History Unit at the Oak Lawn Public Library. Your tax-deductible donation to the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1993, will make an enormous difference and enable Local History to create annual exhibits, purchase artifacts, develop programs and cultivate online databases.

For more information, or to include the Library Foundation in will or estate plans, participate in a corporate match program, or make a gift of stock, contact Library Director Jim Deiters at 708-422-4990 Ext. 300.


How do I connect to wireless?

Free Wi-Fi is available to patrons inside the Library or outside near the Cook Avenue parking lot. Within the Wi-Fi settings on your device, select OLPL Wireless. You will be prompted to enter a User ID. Click Accept; your device will be connected to Wi-Fi for two hours.

How do I use one of the Library's computers?

From Internet access to scanning to 3D printing, the Computer Center on the second floor has so much for you! Patrons with valid Oak Lawn Public Library cards can access computers for free for up to an hour. A valid card is not expired and has less than $5 in fines. Patrons without a library card may purchase visitors passes for $1. A free 15-minute Computer Walk-Up station is available for patrons without a library card, limited to one use per day.

Some of the other Computer Center services are free (faxing), while others have small costs associated with them (laminating small items and 3D prints).

How do I operate the AV equipment in the lower level meeting rooms?

For patron convenience, all of the lower level meeting rooms are equipped with AV instruction guides for how to use the computer, screen and projector. Instead of bringing your own personal laptop, put your presentation on a USB flash drive to connect to the Library's equipment.


How can I get access to the newsletter?

Our quarterly newsletter features events, programs, services, movies and more. Newsletters are mailed to every active residence in Oak Lawn and copies are available inside the Library.

How do I explore Oak Lawn's past?

Local History looks at the evolution of the Oak Lawn community. Located on the second floor, patrons have the chance to see digital exhibits, use interactive tools, watch historic videos, go on tours and more. It all starts with a quick trip upstairs! The Local History Room is open regular Library hours.

There are also more than 15,000 items in the Local History online database at . Photos, yearbooks, telephone books, artifacts and documents are included and cover topics such as the 1967 Tornado, Round-Up Days, schools, churches, businesses and military service.

How do I volunteer to work in the Friends' Bookstore?

The Friends of the Library is always accepting applications for bookstore volunteers, which consists of sorting book donations and stocking the store. One four-hour shift per week is required. Volunteer forms are available at the Customer Services Desk. For more information, call Bookstore Chair Carole Onwiler at 708-422-8646.

Created by Erin Foley on Aug 1st, 2018 @ 8:20 AM.
Updated on Feb 10th, 2020 @ 8:19 AM.