About Us

The Orland Park Public Library serves the residents of the Village of Orland Park. The library serves a population of more than 56,767 people and circulates over 900,000 items per year. The library moved into its award-winning 93,000 square foot building in September 2004. The library houses a collection of 244,051 books; 24,511 DVDs; 5,011 Blu-rays; and more. Downloadable ebooks and audiobooks are also available through the library's website.

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 storytimes for children.


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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:
CIRCULATION CLERK
CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT
PART-TIME

The Orland Park Public Library is currently accepting applications for a part-time clerk in the Circulation Department.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Perform circulation and information desk functions.
  • Learn online catalog system.
  • Provide patrons with basic information about library services.
  • Provide excellent customer service.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Work effectively with staff and publics.
  • Possess basic computer skills.
  • Read, write, and communicate verbally in English.
  • Learn the library’s automation system.
  • Follow tasks to completion.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or equivalent and one year of work experience in a public contact position.
  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends

Position is 12 to 18 hours per week including evenings and weekends.
Starting salary is $13.25 per hour.

Applicants for all positions are subject to a background check.

Applications are available at the library’s information desk and as a PDF.

Completed applications must be received by Monday, October 2, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Please direct applications to:
hr@orlandparklibrary.org
or mail to
Orland Park Public Library
Human Resources
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462

Please put Circulation Clerk on the application or in the subject line of electronic submission.

The Orland Park Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




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 gives applicant an opportunity to work in a spacious facility with a strong commitment to customer service in a library-oriented community.

Responsibilities

  • Provides reference and readers’ advisory service using print and electronic resources.
  • Is regularly scheduled to work the Adult Services Desk.
  • Assists in collection development as assigned.
  • Maintains expertise concerning Library’s online catalog and other online services.
  • Provides instructional training on electronic resources.
  • Develops and conducts programming, book discussions and/or school visits.

Necessary Knowledge

  • Possess extensive knowledge of adult reference and readers advisory tools in both print and electronic formats.
  • Knowledge of adult literature.
  • Knowledge of library automation systems.
  • Experience in current technology including Microsoft Windows, Internet, Email (Outlook and webmail), MS office suite (word, Excel, etc.), and basic troubleshooting.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science.
  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends.
  • Access to transportation.

Position is 12 to 18 hours per week including evenings and weekends.
Starting salary is $21.00 per hour.

Applicants for all positions are subject to a background check.

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

Completed applications must be received by Monday, September 25, 2017 by 5:00 P.M. Applications must be accompanied by a resume and three references directed to:
Human Resources/Orland Park Public Library
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
or
hr@orlandparklibrary.org

Please indicate Adult Services Reference Librarian on the application or in the 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.

  • Christian J. Barcelona, President
    cbarcelona@orlandparklibrary.org
  • Joanna M. Liotine Leafblad, Vice-President
    jleafblad@orlandparklibrary.org
  • Diane I. Jennings, Treasurer
    djennings@orlandparklibrary.org
  • Elan Kleis, Secretary
    ekleis@orlandparklibrary.org
  • Nancy Wendt Healy, Trustee
    nhealy@orlandparklibrary.org
  • Daniel McMillan, Trustee
    dmcmillan@orlandparklibrary.org
  • Charles McShane, Trustee
    cmcshane@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)

2017 Scheduled Meetings of the Board of Trustees (PDF)

Library Board Committees(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
Orland Park Public Library
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
FOIA@orlandparklibrary.org

Financial Information