Oak Park Public Library

The library is the third in a succession of public libraries on this site.

Public Library

Historic Village Center Site

The library’s architecture builds upon the community’s rich architectural heritage, some of which—Frank Lloyd’s Unity Temple and Jens Jensen’s Scoville Park—informs the library’s environment. Design included a partial street closure that increased floor area, decreased building height, and made the library a direct participant in Jensen’s park.

The library’s primary public facades create complementary backdrops to other historic designs. The stone-faced street façade reflects the formal architecture of neighboring buildings, including Unity Temple. The undulating, copper-clad park façade mimics tree lines and provides an organic background that will naturally patina over time.

The library is located in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District.

Oak Park, IL

Square Footage
138,000 square feet

Chicago Building Congress Design Award