Special Collections


  • Award Books – Current nominees for Illinois student choice awards can be found on shelf unit 1, second floor.  These awards include Monarch, Blue Stem, and Rebecca Caudill.
     
  • Daily Stock Price Record – Accurate closing stock prices from the New York Stock Exchange, covering 1966 through 2004. This collection is stored with the Adult Reference books.
     
  • Fairy Tales & Folklore – Located on shelf unit 7, second floor.
     
  • Foreign Language Books -  We have modest collections of fiction and nonfiction materials in the Arabic, German, Hindi, and Spanish languages, located on shelf unit 22 on the first floor. Foreign language books suitable for children may be found on shelf unit 27 on the second floor. (The same languages are represented there, plus French, Polish, and Urdu.)
     
  • Genealogy – Our extensive collection of genealogical materials is intershelved with that of the Tinley Moraine Genealogists’ group. Both reference and circulating items are available.
     
  • Graphic Novels - Adult-level books written in “comic strip format” are stored on shelf unit 22. Graphic novels appropriate for teens are kept on shelf unit 38 on the second floor.
     
  • Investment Tools – Our subscriptions include ValueLine, Standard & Poors Outlook, and many others. Most are stored at the Reference desk.
     
  • Local History - More than 200 documents, maps, and brochures focusing on the history of Tinley Park are stored in our office.  A printed index is available. Ask at the Adult Reference desk.
     
  • Microfilm – We have archival microfilm for the Tinley Park Star, Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times. Please call in advance to find out if we have a particular date or date range.
     
  • Oversize – Books that are too large to fit on regular shelves are kept in the northwest corner of the main floor.
     
  • Pamphlet File – Located behind the reference desk, our pamphlet file includes travel and tourism information, maps, Chicago museums and landmarks, and many other subjects.
     
  • Parenting – A modest collection on topics of interest to parents, including literacy skills, potty training, and dealing with food allergies.  This collection is on shelf unit 13 on the 2nd floor.
     
  • Playaways – Each of these small MP3 players contains a single audiobook. There are approximately 100 Playaway audiobooks on each floor. On the first floor, Playaways are interfiled with the audiobooks; on the second floor, they are interfiled with the book collection. Headphones are not included.
     
  • Poetry – A separate collection of poetry for young people may be found on shelf unit 7, second floor.
     
  • Pop-Ups – We have a small collection of children’s pop-up books that may be enjoyed in the library only.  These are found atop shelf unit 13 on the second floor.
     
  • Songbooks – We own a large number of piano-vocal scores, fakebooks, and collections of sheet music; stored along the north wall of the main floor.
     
  • Teen Classics & Literature Notes – Classic titles that are often on required reading lists for school assignments and standardized tests.  Located on the second floor, northwest corner.
     
  • Textbooks – Selected K-12 textbooks from school districts 140, 146, 161, and 230 can be found on shelf unit 30, near the second floor computers.  These are for use in the library only.
     
  • Yearbooks - Browse our collection of yearbooks from schools in the Chicagoland area. We own dozens of volumes of Victor J. Andrew High School and Tinley Park High School.