General Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I donate books?
Donate your “gently used” books, magazines, CDs and videos to the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library Ongoing Book Sale at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. Due to space limitations, the Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and older text books. The donation drop-off area is near the Library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the Customer Service desk to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation.
The Friends Ongoing Book Sale provides an ever-changing variety of books, magazines and other forms of media at bargain prices. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost 10 cents each. Audio visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases that are beyond their regular budget.
How can I renew material?
The Oak Lawn Public Library now makes renewing easy with automatic renewals. Eligible items include books, CDs and DVDs.
Items will not be renewed if: another patron places a request on that item; the item has reached its maximum n umber of renewals; fines on the account have reached $5; your account activity has been blocked; the item is an eBook.
To renew items yourself or check due dates on your account, visit catalog.olpl.org or call 708-422-4990 Ext 100 during regular Library hours.
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.
Where can 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
How can I request a book from another library? (ILL)
The SWAN catalog is the Library’s listing of everything we own for you to check out – and it lists all of the items that 80 other area libraries own as well! With this catalog and an up-to-date library card, you can reserve items from other libraries and we will have these items sent here (interlibrary loan) for you to pick up and check out or you can choose another library for pick-up. When you create and login to your online account, you can also renew items, view your fines and pay bills.
How do I reserve a computer?
The Computer Center, located on the second floor, includes 21 computers for public use and 4 laptops that can be used in the Library (Requires a photo ID, limited to 2 hours per day). Each of those computers provides access to the Microsoft Office suite of products (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word) as well as access to the Internet. Printing is available on all computers for $.10 per page for black & white printouts and $.30 per page for color. Flatbed and high speed scanners are also available. Time may be reset, by presenting library card to staff, when computers are available.
Patrons with valid Oak Lawn Public Library cards have free access to computers. A valid card is not expired and has less than $5.00 in fines. Patrons with a valid non-Oak Lawn Public Library card may present their library card for 1 free hour of time. Patrons with no library card may purchase a visitor pass for $1.00 per 1 hour of computer use.
How do I reserve a meeting room at OLPL?
Meeting room reservations can be made through LibCal
- 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 via check.
- Rooms available in the lower level include:
- Oak Lawn Rotary Room (A) - Seats up to 35 people
- Meeting Room B - Min: 50 and Max: 75
- Meeting Room C - Seats up to 30 people
- Mary Nelson Room - Seats up to 12 people
Two flexible walls separate the three rooms (A, B and C). They can be retracted to accommodate larger groups.
The Library provides one room arrangement per room:
Oak Lawn Rotary Room - Auditorium-style, with rows of chairs
Meeting Room B - Auditorium-style, with rows of chairs
Meeting Room C - Four tables arranged in a square, surrounded by chairs
Mary Nelson Room - Four tables arranged in a square, surrounded by chairs (limit: 12)
How long can I keep Library materials?
All print materials, audio books and items from the Beyond Books collection may be checked out for 3 weeks. All movies, music and video games may be checked out for 2 weeks. Loan periods for Interlibrary Loan materials are determined by the owning library
How many times can I renew materials?
Automatic renewals makes this an easy process.
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.
What services are included with the OLPL library card?
Your library card provides access to a vast array of services and opportunities.
How much are overdue Library fines?
Fines for most overdue materials are 10 cents per day (this includes print items, CDs and audiobooks). See the entire list.
How do I use the drive-thru service?
Patrons are able to drop off their books without stepping foot inside the Library. Enter through Cook Avenue or Dumke Drive.
What is the Local History exhibit?
Local History looks at the evolution of our community of Oak Lawn. 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! We hope you enjoy.
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 receive home delivery?
Home Delivery service - or By the Hand Outreach - is a mail delivery or pickup service of library materials for Oak Lawn residents of any age who cannot use the library due to physical disabilities or illnesses. Books, compact discs, books on CD, and movies are all available. There is no charge for this service. Contact Tippi Price, Customer Services Department Head, at 708-422-4990 for more information.
Created by Erin Foley on
Jun 3rd, 2017 @ 4:46 PM.
Updated on Aug 13th, 2018 @ 10:13 AM.