About Us


About Underground Books

Underground Books opened in the summer of 2003 under the direction of St. HOPE (Nonprofit 501c3) and is part of the 40 Acres Cultural Center in Oak Park. 
Since the closing of the only library in Oak Park in the 1970’s,  it became the mission of St. HOPE founder, Kevin Johnson, to ensure that the students and the community had access to books.
Known as the “literary hub of Oak Park”, Underground Books provides programs and learning opportunities for the community and contributes toward ensuring all children have the same access to education and knowledge.   
Underground Books hosts author talks & book signings by local and national authors, lectures, poetry events, children’s activities, pop-ups by local black-owned vendors and much more!

Managed and operated by Georgia “Mother Rose” West, the bookstore has proudly become a well-known pillar in the Oak Park community.


The bookstore has a knowledgeable team of staff who are ready to assist with all needs!

In addition to Georgia “Mother Rose” West who has been a staple in the bookstore since 2003, the store has expanded its staffing team and continues the tradition of hiring Sac High students and alumni.