Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Public Library, Chicago

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4.5/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
The Harold Washington Library Center is the central library for the Chicago Public Library System. It is located just south of the Loop 'L', at 400 S. State Street in Chicago, in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is a full-service library and ADA compliant. As with all libraries in the Chicago Public Library system, it has free wifi internet service. The building contains approximately 756000sqft of space. The total square footage is approximately 972000sqft including the rooftop garden penthouse, according to the Zoning department of the city of Chicago.
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  • Whether you are local or visiting, please check out the building, it is amazing. From the outside to the inside it is a jewel. 
  • Here on vaca we stopped in to tour what appeared to be a beautiful old building. Though it was beautiful it was not old. We skipped most of the building and headed up to the 9th floor . This was a gre...  read more »
  • stopped in to take a peak .. the floor was pretty and they had some interesting art. alot of it was very dark and a bit disturbing. my fav was the pieces that are from the vetran museum .. my fav was ...  read more »
  • Beautiful 9th/10th floor. It's a must see! And it's free! Take a book or take a friend and spend some time up there. Especially on a raining day, it's simply splendid.
  • I love this library. It has All The Books. And if it doesn't have All The Books it will find them for you. And there's great art everywhere and the work tables are big and plentiful. Note: Sometimes, as a lady, I do some side-eye at the HWL; there are a number of roving males who are not there to read. But it's a big city and this is a public library. You're gonna get some weirdos. Girls, just be aware of your surroundings and if you're getting skeeved or harrassed, tell someone. There are librarians and security there to make the library a safe and happy place and if the person is a repeat offender, they'll show them the door when they see them walk in.
  • A very nice library. There are music practice rooms on the 8th floor and the upper floors (4 and higher) are quiet, and good for working in.
  • Well it is the main Public Library in Chicago. I went there last week and became a member, an easy process thanks to friendly staff. The books I was looking for were reference, which means there is only one of them in CPL system and you cannot check them out, the bad news is that you cannot see which book is reference through their website, but the good news is that they are all kept in this Center. Nice building, nice spaces for reading. However, you can find all different kinds of ppl walking around since it's a public library!
  • The building it's truly impressive and massive, I went one and had to just get to the last floor to see the winter garden that is so beautiful, i couldn't check all the book selection and I can't wait for come back and spend my days in there. Didn't see creepy people
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