About the Oak Park Library

The Oak Park Library enjoys a history of strong community support and patronage as individuals come to rely on the Library to explore new and emerging technologies. They are welcome to browse books, magazines, audio tapes, movies and music. The Library offers a quiet environment in which to study, learn, research, explore and work. 

The Library can be a valuable resource for self-development. For children, the library encourages a zest for reading, a passion for learning, and a quest for knowledge. For teens, the library evolves into a support mechanism that fosters inclusion, develops self-image, creates opportunities for learning, and promotes self-expression. Libraries help children develop interests and hobbies. They can also gain a sense of accomplishment and purpose. Libraries are a place to socialize, support educational goals, develop literacy, test skill sets, and plan for the future.

Adults and seniors visit the library for its community gathering space, its technology petting zoo, helpful resources, personal assistance, resourceful information and entertaining activities. Topics on subjects like marriage, pregnancy, parenting, self-improvement, cooking, caregiving, financial planning, college, career development and employment are popular with adults. Seniors can benefit by the camaraderie, resource assistance, financial planning, retirement planning, health care information, and wellness promotion.

The Library is the City's center for information, education, activities and events. The Library hosts popular community events, including concerts, art exhibits, author signings and children's events.

The Mission

The Mission of the Oak Park Library is to provide materials, services and information to the diverse community within the City of Oak Park to meet the community's lifelong educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs. This has been the catalyst for the Library's program and service development.


Oak Park Library Director Karen White-Owens and her dedicated staff enjoy servicing the emergent needs of the Oak Park community. On a yearly basis, they:

  • register 1,000 card holders
  • circulate104,000 items
  • answer 23,300 reference questions
  • loan 6,766 items to other Oakland County libraries
  • serve 45,000 computer and wireless users
  • engage 6,570 to attend programs
  • enjoy 146.000 annual visits

New Developments

The Oak Park Library recently upgraded the computer center and doubled the number of computers available for public use. The computers have increased user functionality, facilitates remote printing, and has document stations that provide patrons with increased capabilities, including the ability to scan to email, utilize cloud services, and fax online. Computer classes are available to anyone wishing to learn the basics.

RBdigital services were added, complements of the Friends of Oak Park Library.  These services allow patrons to read library emagazines using desktop computers, tablets and mobile devices.

A Brief History of the Oak Park Library, pdf.