About Us

The Orland Park Public Library serves the residents of the Village of Orland Park. We serve a population of more than 56,767 people and circulate over 759,000 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 268,000 items, including more than 4000 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 innovative 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
REFERENCE LIBRARIAN I
ADULT SERVICES DEPARTMENT
PART-TIME

We are seeking an innovative and service-oriented professional responsible for reference, readers' advisory, and programming. This part-time position provides an opportunity to work in a spacious facility for a library-oriented community with a strong commitment to customer service.

Responsibilities

  • Provides reference and readers' advisory services
  • Provides collection development
  • Develops and conducts book discussions and other book related programming
  • Prepares bibliographies, pathfinders, and more

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of reference and readers' advisory service
  • Extensive knowledge of bibliographic tools and reference resources in print and electronic formats
  • Knowledge of adult literature

Qualifications

  • Masters in Library Science degree required
  • Must be able to work and communicate with the public and staff in English
  • Valid driver's license and applicable insurance required

Position part-time, including evenings and weekends. Starting salary $19.09 per hour.

Applicants for all positions are subject to a background check.

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

Completed applications must be received by Monday, April 28, 2014 by 5 p.m. Application must be accompanied by a resume and three references to:
Andrew Masura, Head of Adult Services
Orland Park Public Library
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
Electronic submissions should be sent to: andrew.masura@orlandparklibrary.org

The Orland Park Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Policies

Policies

Meeting Room Policy PDF

Meeting Room Rules and Regulations PDF

Meeting Room Reservation and Use Agreement Form PDF

Study Room Policy PDF

Display Policy PDF

Display Policy Exhibit Release Form PDF

Patron Behavior Policy PDF

Unattended Children Policy PDF

Public Access to Electronic Information Networks Policy PDF

Electronic Information Networks User Agreement PDF

Electronic Information Networks User Agreement for Children, Age 17 and Under Form PDF

Wired Public Access to Electronic Information Networks Denying Access Agreement PDF

Collection Development Policy PDF

Collection Development Policy - Material Complaint Form PDF

Reference Policy PDF

Interlibrary Loan Policy PDF

Circulation Policy PDF

Circulation Policy - Non-Resident Cards PDF

Program Attendance Policy PDF

Media Access & Consent Policy PDF

Program Participant's Consent Policy PDF

Homebound Policy PDF

Volunteer Policy (under revision)

Adult Volunteer Application PDF

Food Policy PDF

Governance

Establishment Ordinance PDF

Mission Statement PDF

Bylaws of the Board of Library Trustees PDF

Public Comment Policy PDF

Investment of Library Funds Policy PDF

Library Bill of Rights PDF

Freedom to Read Statement PDF

Freedom to View Statement PDF

Access for Children and Young Adults to Nonprint Materials PDF

Free Access to Libraries for Minors PDF

Diversity in Collection Development PDF

Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records PDF

Freedom of Information Act Resolution PDF

Freedom of Information Act Practices and Procedures PDF

Policy with regard to the Collection, Use, Disclosure and Protection of Individuals' Social Security Numbers PDF

Social Media Use Policy PDF

Communications Systems/Email Policy PDF

Resolution Prohibiting Firearms on Library Property PDF

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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 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
Denis P. Ryan, Vice-President
Diane I. Jennings, Treasurer
Catherine M. Lebert, Secretary
Julie Ann Craig, Trustee
Dan Drew, Trustee
Beth Gierach, Trustee

The Board of Library Trustees meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 105. These meetings are open to the public.

2014 Scheduled Meetings of the Board of Trustees (DOCX)

Agenda for Board of Directors' Meeting on April 21, 2014 (PDF)

Archive of Board Meeting Minutes

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)

Please send your written requests addressed to:

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

The Secondary Designated FOIA Officer
Scott Remmenga
Finance Manager
Orland Park Public Library
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
sremmenga@orlandparklibrary.org

Financial Information