Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Public Library, Chicago

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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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  • August 10, 2017
    Impressive. The building is magnificent and when you start going up and watching all the floors, plenty of books, you know you are surrounded by tons of knowledge. Highly recommendable to visit the la...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    If you're looking for a quiet spot to take a minute and relax with a book or some work or just sit quietly with your traveling partner to rest, the atrium is absolutely beautiful.  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    The Harold Washington Library is the central library for Chicago. It is located in the South Loop. It was completed in 1991 and named after former Chicago mayor, Harold Washington.  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    Essential visit whenever in Chicago. Stunning building, inside and out. Massive collection has most anything you many desire. There is an auditorium in the basement featuring speakers often. Music CDs, especially jazz is extensive. Discarded items from the collection can also be gotten for free in a small room right off the media department on ground floor. Lots of space to study and relax. Nice exhibit room on the top floor with changing exhibits.
  • June 26, 2017
    This is unacceptable. I have been trying to connect with an associate to reserve a book for over 30mins. I called, a machine answered and had me on hold. When I finally had the chance to speak to someone, she was unable to additional me and transferred me to the "first floor" (I'm not sure what it means). The phone rang and range and rang for over 3mins now one answered then got disconnected. Now try again 3 times!!
  • June 13, 2017
    The best library in Chicago! Except for the transients that come to sleep and snore from opening to closing, and the loud talkers. Besides that, there's so much information here it's unbelievable.
  • March 7, 2017
    This has everything you want in a library and the building itself is fantastic. Located in the middle of the South Loop, its is definitely a place to visit when you're in town, or to come by whenever you're downtown. Don't miss the Winter Garden on the top floor! It is breathtakingly beautiful and serene.
  • March 1, 2017
    I've been here many times and will continue to go. The librarians are very helpful and friendly--better than what you find in the burbs. I don't think it's a great place to study or work because there are a number of people using it as a daytime shelter to sleep and hang out. I basically look for books, check out, and leave.

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