Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Public Library, Chicago
(4.5/5 based on 140+ 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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  • This is a gorgeous library with over $1 million in artwork throughout the building. I was especially moved by a memorial to men and women lost in Vietnam which will be on site through early 2017. If y...  more »
  • The world's largest public library: its area is 70294 sq. meter. Here you can find books in all languages of the world. It is named in honour of the first black mayor of Chicago. Great building resembles a castle. On the roof are thick with formidable creatures. At 9 floor there is a beautiful winter garden. Be sure to visit this place.
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  • I am a huge lover of libraries and this one didn't disappoint. Cruised around all the floors - it is a quiet, peaceful space to get things done surrounded by books. One of the floors has jigsaw puzzle...  more »
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  • At the Harold Washington Library, I spent numerous days waking up looking for employment on the computer; hoping that something will come through besides an email. My sister who called me everyday...while I was in the shelter helped me with job placement at a home health care agency. My sister was also in another shelter waiting for housing. But, after talking with the staff at the shelter I decided to make the best move asking an experienced friend. Also, the resources are great by asking the staff at the library. Plus, you can't go wrong by using books for materials for school, office, or social groups.
  • Great place excellent service. In and out fast. Love the self-check. always can find a great book.
  • 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.
  • 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