Oak Park Public Library (Maze Branch)

Oak Park Public Library (Maze Branch) – 845 Gunderson Ave.

Last week we checked out the Dole Branch of the Oak Park Public Library, today let’s head over to the South Branch, better known as the Maze Branch, renamed so in 1957 after a community librarian.

The South Branch originally opened in 1915 in a rented space on Harrison St., moving to its current location on Gunderson Ave in 1936. With help from a $22,000 grant from the Public Works Administration (WPA), architects E.E. Roberts and Elmer C. Roberts built a beautiful space inspired by Georgian design and Regency period English architecture.

The main room features a beautiful cathedral ceiling, along with fireplace and cozy chairs.

The kids area is charming and the stacks feature numerous book displays, each done with care. If you’re in the area and never seen the place, stop by and check it out!

In the meanwhile, if you missed our posts profiling the main Oak Park Library and it’s connection to Ernest Hemingway, give those a look too 🙂

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