About Us

The Orland Park Public Library serves the residents of the Village of Orland Park. We serve a population of more than 58,590 people and circulate over 920,000 items per year. The library moved into its new, award-winning 93,000 square foot building in September 2004. We house a collection of more than 316,500 items, including more than 103,196 downloadable ebooks and audiobooks.

Patrons of all ages have access to a well-rounded collection of both print and non-print materials, educational and recreational programs, computers and instructional computer classes, excellent reference service, outreach programs for seniors and homebound patrons, and services such as downloadable ebooks.

Location and Hours

Orland Park Public Library

14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
708-428-5100
708-349-8196 (Fax)

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Hours

9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Library Closings

    The library closes for these holidays:
  • Spring Holiday (Easter Sunday)
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (4th of July)
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas
  • New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Day

    The library will be OPEN for these holidays:
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • Presidents' Day

History of the Library

The Orland Park Public Library was formed in 1937 when the Orland Park Women's Club decided to make the founding of a public library its major activity for the year. Partial funding was provided by a WPA library project through the Illinois State Library Extension board in Springfield. Mr. Roy Loebe donated the Purple Candle Building to use rent-free. Many other donors contributed to the fledging library.

In 1940 the population of Orland Park was 631. In 1941 the Village Board passed an ordinance establishing a free public library operated by volunteers and stocked by donations. In 1943 a referendum was passed allowing taxes to be levied for the operation of the library.

By 1960 the population had grown to 2,592 and the library began receiving a new state library service, a bookmobile. This service continued until 1967 when the library joined the Suburban Library System. The population in 1970 was 6,391 and the Purple Candle Building simply could not hold another thing -- records were even stacked in a bathtub. Plans were made to move the library into a larger building.

Expansion came in the form of a gift. As the Orland Park Herald reported in January 1975, "In an unprecedented gesture of largesse Andrew Corporation gave a gift of a new Library Building to the community of Orland Park at the Village Board meeting on January 13." The 7,000 square foot building, the Aileen S. Andrew Memorial, at 14760 Park Lane was dedicated on November 14, 1976.

The Village of Orland Park kept growing; the population for 1980 was 23,045. The Andrew Foundation once again donated the needed money, providing an addition to the library building, which increased its size to almost 18,500 square feet. Besides the addition completed in August 1983, the library began contracting for bookmobile service from the Frankfort Public Library during the summer.

The 1990 census reported 35,720 residents and the library was again in need of space. The Library Board purchased a bookmobile and an expansion of the building was approved. The second addition added the bookmobile garage, meeting room, boardroom, and Technical Services area. There was also a small remodeling project to add shelves for the public where the old Technical Services area had been. Financing, for the first time, was through a municipal bond issue.

In 2002, the Board of Trustees placed a referendum on the ballot to build a new facility to be located on 149th and Ravinia Avenue, replacing the current facility. The referendum passed with two-thirds of the votes in favor of the proposed building. Michael Barnes, an architect from Lohan Anderson, designed the 93,000 square foot building and W.E. O'Neil was chosen as the General Contractor. The new facility officially opened at 14921 Ravinia Avenue on September 12, 2004 and has won numerous awards for its building design.

Employment

POSITION AVAILABLE
HEAD OF YOUTH SERVICES
FULL-TIME

We are seeking a team-oriented and innovative professional for a full-time position in Youth Services to manage a busy and dynamic department while maintaining a high level of efficiency and customer service to our patrons.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Reviews and manages work flow to insure timely and efficient service in the department including selection, acquisitions, cataloging and programming
  • Hires, trains, schedules, supervises and evaluates Youth Services department staff
  • Collaborates with Assistant Head of Youth Services in hiring, training, and evaluating shelvers
  • Actively participates in planning, development, departmental budgeting, and continual improvements of the library
  • Coordinates library-wide summer reading program
  • Is responsible for analysis and evaluation of children’s and teen services
  • Oversees collection development of children and teen materials in all formats
  • Oversees creation, development and implementation of all programs
  • Seeks out and applies for grants relevant to the Library’s mission

REQUIREMENTS

  • Possess extensive knowledge of Library service to children and teens
  • Possess extensive knowledge of children’s and teen literature
  • Ability to train and instruct department members in reference and reader’s advisory methods and tools
  • Ability to delegate tasks
  • General knowledge of library operations
  • Ability to read, write and communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing
  • Ability to set priorities, exercise initiative and make independent decisions
  • Ability to work effectively with public and staff

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science with 5 years public library youth services experience
  • Three years in a supervisory role
  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends
  • A valid driver’s license and ability to drive on library business

Position full-time, including some evenings and weekends. Starting salary $53,937 annually, plus benefits.

Applicants for all positions are subject to a background check.

Applications available at Information Desk in the library’s lobby and as a PDF.

Send cover letter, completed library application, resume and three references by June 3, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. to:
Human Resources/ Orland Park Public Library
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
or
hr@orlandparklibrary.org
Please indicate Head of Youth Services on application and subject line of electronic submissions

The Orland Park Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Policies

Public Policies

Governance

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Americans with Disabilities Act Statement

The Orland Park Public Library is subject to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals who require an accommodation for a disability for any of the library presentations should contact the library at 708-428-5100 at least five working days prior to the event.

Board of Library Trustees

The Board of Library Trustees consists of seven residents of the Village of Orland Park who are elected biennially to six year terms and serve as the policy making body of the library.

  • Nancy W. Healy, President
    nhealy@orlandparklibrary.org
  • Denis P. Ryan, Vice-President
    dryan@orlandparklibrary.org
  • Diane I. Jennings, Treasurer
    djennings@orlandparklibrary.org
  • Catherine M. Lebert, Secretary
    clebert@orlandparklibrary.org
  • Christian Barcelona, Trustee
    cbarcelona@orlandparklibrary.org
  • Joanna Leafblad, Trustee
    jleafblad@orlandparklibrary.org
  • Elan Kleis, Trustee
    ekleis@orlandparklibrary.org

The Board of Library Trustees meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 104. These meetings are open to the public. Public Comment Policy (PDF)

2016 Scheduled Meetings of the Board of Trustees (PDF)

Please visit the Public Records and FOIA page for the agendas and minutes from the Board of Library Trustees meetings.

FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act

The Illinois General Assembly has enacted a piece of legislation designed to provide full access to units of local government in Illinois. In 2009, the 96th Illinois General Assembly adopted P.A. 96-0542, effective January 1, 2010, making extensive amendments to the Freedom of Information Act.

On March 15, 2010, The Board of Library Trustees for the Orland Park Public Library adopted a Freedom of Information Act Resolution to comply with this legislation. The library has designated staff to handle any Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

FOIA Resolution (PDF)
Practices and Procedures (PDF)
Organizational Chart of the Orland Park Library (PDF)

Visit our FOIA Center to make and track FOIA requests.

Designated FOIA Officer
Robin O. Wagner
Assistant Library Director
Orland Park Public Library
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
FOIA@orlandparklibrary.org
rwagner@orlandparklibrary.org

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