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

Mission & Strategic Plan

Mission (Why We Exist)

The Oak Lawn Public is a rich learning environment that engages and strengthens the community through diverse collections, programs and services.

Vision (Where We Are Going)

The OLPL strives to be a local hub of activity bringing together current resources and technologies to foster discovery and to inspire intellectual growth.

Values (What We Believe)

Exceptional Customer Service – In order to achieve the Library’s vision of being at the center of community activity, staff must provide patrons with exceptional customer service, ensuring their return for years to come.

Outstanding Communication and Promotion – To achieve the Library’s vision, staff must effectively communication available resources and services to community members. The goal is to make residents aware of all the Library has to offer and to persuade them to take advantage of these amenities through person-to-person marketing, an effective online presence, and mindful publicity.

Integrated Community Involvement – Staff will connect with all community members to make the Library a hub of activity that engages residents and strengthens lives.

Focused Collections, Programs and Services Staying true to the Library’s mission, staff will provide collections, programs and services that engage and strengthen the community.

Demonstrated Fiscal Responsibility Staff and Board members will utilize revenues prudently to offer resources that strengthen the community by fostering discovery and inspiring intellectual growth.

Well-Maintained Facility Following the Library’s vision as a hub of community activity, the building will remain a clean, safe and inviting destination. An up-to-date and attractive physical plant creates a lasting impression.

Targeted Technology – The Library will engage and strengthen the community by sharing technologies that foster discovery and inspire intellectual growth.

Engaged and Educated Staff Patrons will receive outstanding service from staff members who foster discovery and inspire intellectual growth. The goals of this value will be achieved through appropriate hiring and training and internal communication.

March / 2020

Created by Erin Foley on Jun 2nd, 2017 @ 5:27 PM.
Updated on Mar 9th, 2020 @ 10:31 AM.