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Harold Washington Library

32 Reviews
Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Mon - Thu 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Fri - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-3 hours
Address: 400 S. State Street, Chicago IL 60605
Phone: +1 312-747-4300

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There is a lot of history and architectural beauty to this library! Be sure to check out the reading room on the top floor.

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  • Reed S
    Reed S

    Quick patronage

    This is a very interestingly designed local library. While it looks much older, it is quite new. They have all the basic options as a library should, with a metropolitan design.

    Reviewed on /Date(1598364947000+0800)/
  • TakenByTravel777

    Building and Garden Worth It

    I love libraries, and this is worth a trip to see the exterior of the building with the owl cornices. There's also a train stop that will bring you right there. On the 9th floor, there's a beautiful o...

    Reviewed on /Date(1582801077000+0800)/
  • teatour_karen
    Los Angeles, California

    Great building with art and atrium space on top floor

    I love architecture and this library built in the 90s has some really nice details. I just happened to walk through out of curiosity on my way to the Monadnok Building. There is a Jacob Lawrence mos...

    Reviewed on /Date(1582190858000+0800)/
  • CharlieV2011
    Chicago, Illinois

    Nothing Nice Inside

    The building maybe beautiful on the outside, but inside is a different story. Yes there are books here, but this really isn’t a library. There are scores of homeless people here; people listening to m...

    Reviewed on /Date(1578904994000+0800)/
  • Betty C
    Betty C

    Beautiful building

    It is a beautiful building, there is always a special exhibit and it hosts numerous events. Of course lots of resources, artwork and a quiet place to study. You have to visit the gorgeous atrium on t...

    Reviewed on /Date(1577804463000+0800)/

Additional Information


At the Harold Washington Library Center visitors will find 756,000 square feet and 10 different levels. The Harold Washington Library Center was built in 1987. Its impressive collection of books is housed in a building of old-world architecture. A rooftop winter garden provides a nice retreat from the 13 million works housed below, while hosting the periodic special exhibition. The Guinness Book of Records acknowledges the library as being the largest public library building in the world.
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