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Oak Park Public Library

Address

834 Lake St.

Neighborhood

Oak Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 12pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Website

oppl.org

Description

The Oak Park Public Library’s Main Library is the culmination of design goals to create a civic building that adds to the architectural heritage of Oak Park, reflects the diversity of the community and minimizes impact on the natural environment. Designed by the firm of Nagle Hartray Architecture in collaboration with interior design firm Eva Maddox Branded Environments, the 104,000-square-foot structure was awarded the Chicago Building Congress Merit Award for Best New Construction – Suburbs in 2004. A third-floor Special Collections department is home to collections that reflect the cultural heritage of the community. Physical items include collections related to Frank Lloyd Wright, the Open Housing Movement and The Scoville Institute, a precursor to the Oak Park Public Library founded in 1903.

Visitor Experience

Visitors can enjoy self-guided poster tours highlighting architectural aspects of the current library building as well as unique items in Special Collections. Guided 10-minute tours led by Special Collections library staff members will be offered at 11am and 3pm on Saturday, October 15 and at 1pm and 3pm on Sunday, October 16. Also on Saturday at 1pm, a free screening of the film "Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright's Modern Masterpiece" will take place in the Main Library’s Veterans Room. This documentary pulls back the curtain on Wright’s first public commission in the early 1900s through the recent restoration of the building to its original beauty.