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

Connect Virtually to Our Cultural Institutions

Missing Chicago-area museums and zoos? Your family can experience them online!

Chicago Institutions Share Their Resources, Videos and Livestreams

Art Institute of Chicago : Learn about some of the most famous pieces in the museum’s collection.

Brookfield Zoo is using Facebook Live at 11:00am daily to feature an animal and an animal care specialist. The videos will be saved afterwards on Facebook and on the zoo’s YouTube channel . #BrookfieldZoo #BringingTheZooToYou

The Field Museum’s Learning Resources contain science toolkits for preschool through 12th grade, and its Brain Scoop blog features educational videos about the museum. The museum’s Facebook page and Instagram feed contain videos of Sue the dinosaur’s explorations of the Field since the museum has been closed.

The Museum of Science and Industry’s Resources for Out of School Time feature Resources for Families:
Hands-On Science contains lots of fun, hands-on science projects.
Online Games offer fun as well as learning in the fields of biology, chemistry and physics.
Summer Brain Games' archive of science experiments offer absorbing and fun science experiments and activities.
At MSI’s Facebook page and msichicago Instagram feed, you and your children can enjoy videos of the museum’s baby chicks and the museum’s best experiments.

The Shedd Aquarium’s Classroom Resources features videos and student guides:
On the Shedd’s Facebook page and Instagram feed, different animals appear every day on video --  penguins, bullfrogs, porcupines, sea otters, and more!

Created by Mary Donovan on Mar 20th, 2020 @ 9:33 PM.
Updated on Mar 24th, 2020 @ 8:26 PM.