Community Members,

To keep our patrons and employees out of harm’s way, the Library will not be open for regular business until at least Wednesday, April 8. Of course this timeline is subject to change based on the latest recommendations from health professionals. By preventing people from gathering together, we can slow-down the spread of this dangerous virus.

The Library has stopped charging for overdue materials and we will waive existing fines. Due dates for checked-out items will adjust with our closure dates. For your safety and ours, please do not return materials while we are closed.

Though the building is not accessible for now, the Library still provides a number of resources you can use from home. Staff members are adding updates to our website and Facebook page on a daily basis. You may download e-books and audiobooks; stream movies, television shows and music; read digital newspapers and magazines; and participate in online classes. Explore the website for more information about virtual opportunities and be sure to check-out the Library’s Local History page. There are all kinds of great images and descriptions about Oak Lawn’s past.

We are now looking at ways to provide limited remote services to patrons. Be sure to stay connected through our website and our social media outlets for updates. And please, please, please continue to take all necessary precautions.

We hope to see you back at the Library very soon,
Jim Deiters, Director

Announcement

Donate or Loan Your Historic Oak Lawn Artifacts

Do you have historic photos, objects, or documents related to Oak Lawn? Share them with us and help preserve the Village's past!

Loan or Donate to LH

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Donate or Loan Your Historic Oak Lawn Artifacts

Created by Kevin Korst on Nov 20th, 2017
Updated on Mar 26th, 2020

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History in Color: Bringing the Past to Life

Explore a selection of colorized images from the Local History archive and see Oak Lawn's past as never before.

Flickr Album Colorization

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History in Color: Bringing the Past to Life

Created by Kevin Korst on Jul 25th, 2019
Updated on Mar 24th, 2020

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Local History Collections Database

Search nearly 20,000 historic Oak Lawn items including photos, yearbooks, telephone books, postcards, documents, artifacts, and more!

PastPerfect Online Database

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Local History Collections Database

Created by Kevin Korst on May 8th, 2017
Updated on Mar 23rd, 2020

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Oak Lawn Village View Newspaper Archive

Explore digitized microfilm from the Oak Lawn Village View. Papers range from 1973-2013 and are hosted by the Internet Archive.

Oak Lawn Village View

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Oak Lawn Village View Newspaper Archive

Created by Kevin Korst on Jan 28th, 2020
Updated on Jan 30th, 2020

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Oak Lawn A-Z

From Agriculture to Zip Codes, explore a selection of historic Oak Lawn images through our Flickr digital exhibit.

Flickr Album A-Z

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Oak Lawn A-Z

Created by Kevin Korst on Jul 11th, 2019

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Oak Lawn A-Z Exhibit Poster

Purchase a commemorative exhibit poster at the second-floor Adult Services Desk for $10!

"Oak Lawn A-Z Exhibit Opening"

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Oak Lawn A-Z Exhibit Poster

Created by Patricia Pryal on May 8th, 2019
Updated on Jul 11th, 2019

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Oak Lawn Independent Newspaper Archive

Explore digitized microfilm from the Oak Lawn Independent. Papers range from 1933-2014 and are hosted by the Internet Archive.

Oak Lawn Independent

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Oak Lawn Independent Newspaper Archive

Created by Kevin Korst on Feb 1st, 2019
Updated on Jan 30th, 2020

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Explore the Local History Artifact Collection

View more than 1,100 Oak Lawn related artifacts including clothing, pennants, matchbooks, buttons, signs, and more.

LH Collection Artifacts

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Explore the Local History Artifact Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Sep 1st, 2017
Updated on Jan 9th, 2019

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Explore the Local History Postcard Collection

View more than 160 Oak Lawn related postcards from businesses, schools, churches, and more.

LH Collection Postcards

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Explore the Local History Postcard Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on May 25th, 2017
Updated on Jan 6th, 2020

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Explore the Local History Yearbook Collection

View more than 240 yearbooks from local schools and organizations including OLCHS, Richards, Covington and more.

LH Collection Yearbooks

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Explore the Local History Yearbook Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Jun 7th, 2017
Updated on Jan 6th, 2020

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Explore the Local History World War II Collection

View more than 400 items connected to World War II including photos, oral history interviews, objects and more.

LH WWII Collection

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Explore the Local History World War II Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Jan 17th, 2018

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Explore the Local History Phone Book Collection

View more than 60 local telephone books dating back to 1924 and search for families and businesses from Oak Lawn's past.

LH Telephone Books

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Explore the Local History Phone Book Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Jul 28th, 2017
Updated on Jan 6th, 2020

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Explore the Local History Aerial Photo Collection

Discover more than 140 different aerial photographs of Oak Lawn dating back to 1938.

LH Aerial Photo Collection

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Explore the Local History Aerial Photo Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Nov 7th, 2017
Updated on Feb 20th, 2020

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Explore the Local History Map Collection

View more than 50 different maps covering Worth Township and the Oak Lawn area.

LH Map Collection

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Explore the Local History Map Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Oct 25th, 2017
Updated on Apr 30th, 2018

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Explore the Local History 1967 Tornado Collection

View more than 1,200 tornado related items including photos, documents, written recollections, and oral history interviews.

LH Tornado Collection

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Explore the Local History 1967 Tornado Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Oct 13th, 2017
Updated on Jan 6th, 2020

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Explore the Local History Round-Up Days Collection

View more than 300 different items related to the Oak Lawn Round-Up including photos, documents, and more.

LH Round-Up Collection

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Explore the Local History Round-Up Days Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Oct 2nd, 2017
Updated on May 22nd, 2019

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