Oak Park Public Library (Dole Branch)

Oak Park Public Library (Dole Branch) – 255 Augusta St.

Recently we headed out west to check out the Dole Branch of the Oak Park Public Library. (Check out our posts profiling the main Oak Park Library and it’s connection to Ernest Hemingway). The smallest of the three OPPL branches, the Dole Branch opened in 1940 in a building that had previously been a church and a junior college. Today, in addition to the library, the building serves as a multipurpose community center.


The Dole Branch is small but charming. Be sure to look up for the quotes on the ceiling.

Especially cool here is the Adult Multicultural Section, where you can check out masks, dolls and other artifacts from around the globe.

It was banned books week when we visited and they had a nice little display right by the front door. Cheers to librarians, the unsung supporters of freedom!

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