About Us

The Orland Park Public Library serves the residents of the Village of Orland Park. The library moved into its award-winning 93,000 square foot building in September 2004.

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:
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANT 2
PART-TIME

The Orland Park Public Library is currently accepting applications for a part-time position in the Information Technology Department.

Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities include installing and testing necessary software and hardware
  • Providing users with network technical support
  • Setting up and maintaining basic network operations, including assembly of network hardware
  • Registering patrons for and assisting in use of public computers
  • Training staff and patrons on technology use and software
  • Teaching computer and technology classes

Requirements

  • Considerable ability to work and communicate effectively with the public and staff in a friendly and professional manner
  • Experience with computer imaging, user profile management and hardware repair
  • Proven knowledge of Windows TCP/IP networks
  • Proven knowledge of operating systems, network standards, protocols, and troubleshooting techniques
  • Experience in current technology including Microsoft Windows, Internet, Email (Outlook and webmail), MS Office suite, Office 365 and other cloud-based systems and basic troubleshooting
  • Ability to troubleshoot an array of AV equipment including PCs, projectors, and wireless mics
  • Experience with audio/video editing and production software is a plus
  • Physical ability and manual dexterity to: install, maintain, and operate computer equipment, peripherals and software; enter data on keyboard accurately; move throughout the building; read computer screens; bend, stoop, reach, transport, and lift up to 60 pounds

Qualifications

  • Minimum two years of completed computer science coursework
  • Proven knowledge of Windows OS
  • Proven knowledge of Windows TCP/IP networking
  • Experience with library ILSs and library related software and vendors is a plus
  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends

Position is 20-24 hours per week including evenings and weekends.
Starting salary is 19.50 per hour includes an IMRF benefit.

Applicants for all positions are subject to a background check.


Applications are available at the Welcome Desk in the library’s lobby and as a PDF

Completed applications must be received by Monday, December 3, 2018 by 5 p.m. to
hr@orlandparklibrary.org. Please put in subject line “IT Assistant 2.”

The Orland Park Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: November 14, 2018


POSITION AVAILABLE:
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANT 1
PART-TIME

The Orland Park Public Library is currently accepting applications for a part-time position in the Information Technology Department.

Responsibilities

  • Troubleshoots basic computer hardware, software and network problems
  • Registers, schedules and assists patrons in the use of public computers
  • Registers, schedules and assists patrons in the use of the SMART Lab equipment
  • Schedules and monitors the second floor study rooms
  • Assists patrons and staff on the use of mobile devices
  • Assists patrons and staff on mobile/technology services offered by the library (Overdrive, Hoopla, RBDigital, Roku)
  • Trains staff and public in the use of technology and software
  • Monitors the Computer Commons and study room area on a regular basis

Requirements

  • Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn library automation systems
  • Experience in current technology including Microsoft Windows, Internet, Email (Outlook and webmail), MS Office suite (Word, Excel, etc.), mobile devices and operating systems (iOS and Android), and basic troubleshooting
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 2 years public contact work experience
  • Proficiency with Windows required
  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends

Position is 12 to 18 hours per week including evenings and weekends.
Starting salary is $13.90 per hour.

Applicants for all positions are subject to a background check.


Applications are available at the Welcome Desk in the library’s lobby and as a PDF

Completed applications must be received by Monday, December 3, 2018 by 5 p.m. to
hr@orlandparklibrary.org. Please put in subject line “IT Assistant 1.”

The Orland Park Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: November 14, 2018


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

Necessary Knowledge

  • Knowledge of reference and readers’ advisory service
  • Extensive knowledge of bibliographic tools and reference resources in print and electronic formats
  • Knowledge of adult literature
  • Experience in current technology including Microsoft Office, Internet and Outlook

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 $22.40 per hour.

Applicants for all positions are subject to a background check.


Send cover letter, resume, application and three references
by November 28, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. to hr@orlandparklibrary.org
or mail
Orland Park Public Library
Human Resources
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462

Please indicate Adult Services Reference Librarian on application and subject line of electronic submissions.

The Orland Park Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: November 8, 2018


POSITION AVAILABLE:
REFERENCE LIBRARIAN I
YOUTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT
PART-TIME

We are seeking an innovative and service-oriented professional responsible for reference, reader’s advisory and programming. This part-time position gives the applicant an opportunity to work in a large library with a strong commitment to children, teens and caregivers.

Responsibilities

  • Provides reference and readers’ advisory service using print and electronic resources
  • Develops and conducts programming, book discussions and/or school visits
  • Is regularly scheduled at the Youth Services’ public service desks

Necessary Knowledge

  • Possess knowledge of reference and readers’ advisory services
  • Possess knowledge of children’s and teens’ literature
  • Extensive knowledge of bibliographic tools and reference resources in both print and electronic formats
  • Experience in current technology including Microsoft Windows, Internet, Email (Outlook and webmail), MS Office suite (Word, Excel, etc.)

Qualifications

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

Position is part-time at 12 – 18 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends.
Starting salary is $22.40 per hour.

Applicants for all positions are subject to a background check.


Send cover letter, resume, application and three references
by November 26, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. to hr@orlandparklibrary.org
or mail
Orland Park Public Library
Human Resources
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462

The Orland Park Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: November 6, 2018


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)

2018 Scheduled Meetings of the Board of Trustees (PDF)

2019 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

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