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Harold Washington Library Center

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The library houses approximately two million books and is a wonderful example of Chicago's architecture.
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400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-1216
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-747-4300
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Chicago has a VERY walkable downtown, and we did a lot of exploring. We noticed these huge and amazing rooftop ornaments, and got a closer look. Although the building has the size and general appearance of a classic older building, it is actually brand new,...More

Thank BenLar137
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good library. Nice and clean, not much of a mess. Huge collection of books for people to read. Really quiet place, which is perfect for reading in peace.

Thank 21Joseph1337
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is now the Chicago Public Library. Of course, computer search of the collection is available. Computers are free to use and there are classes about computer usage. The collection itself is somewhat lacking for a big city, but understandable in light of the great...More

Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have truly enjoyed this center from its opening. there is always an exhibit somewhere in this building that challenges. currently, the Veteran's memorial on the third floor is particularly poignant. on the top level is one of the finest public spaces in Chicago, and...More

Thank jeffrey k
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We were so glad we went here. It is an amazing library & according to guide book it is largest in world. We looked briefly at each floor but what is so amazing is the top floor, The Winter Garden. There are small tables and...More

Thank eliz39
Reviewed 3 October 2018

The library has a large collection and interesting Vietnam Memorial on the 3rd floor. Often the library is full of vagrants and homeless people looking to avoid the elements.

Thank Loren_L_1976
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

I went here because my friend wanted to go when we visited the area so I dragged along. The main entranceway stank of urine but once you got further inside that was no longer noticeable. The winter garden was disappointing, there are a couple of...More

Thank Sarah E
Reviewed 20 September 2018

A friend told me me about this exhibit. My brother was killed in Vietnam. I am glad we took the time to see it. It is impressive. The only thing I regretted was that the brochures about it were not available. Apparently a grant that...More

Thank Eleanor D
Reviewed 20 September 2018

What a beautiful library! I like to visit libraries when I travel (former librarian). This library is easy to find after you get off the train, it's a huge building and be sure you go to the 9th floor to see the Winter Garden. Gorgeous!

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

I enjoy visiting great city libarys and this is no exception. The building is massive and to be honest I don't think the inside is as great as the outside.

Thank IAN D
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