Oak Park’s library is as old as the village itself. Originally housed in the Scoville Institute – a private collection opened in the 1880s – the Oak Park Public Library got a building of its own in 1964 and opened its current doors in 2003.
The library has weathered its share of controversy over the years, from its original departure from the Scoville Institute building more than 50 years ago to the $30 million referendum in the early 2000s that paid for the building we now see on Lake Street.
Today, the library’s challenges look quite a bit different than those in the past. Like libraries everywhere, staying relevant in the smart phone era requires a much different approach, with a greater emphasis on cultural programming, technology and community engagement. I recently sat down with our library’s executive director, David Seleb, to discuss this and more. I hope you enjoy the conversation.