Chicago Public Library encourages lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge through materials, programs and events, and cutting-edge technology.

Chicago Public Library serves all Chicagoans with locations citywide: Harold Washington Library Center, two regional libraries and more than 70 neighborhood branches. Find a location near you.

All locations provide a rich collection of books, DVDs, audiobooks and music; computers and WiFi; and newspapers and magazines. Each year, Chicago Public Library recommends the Best of the Best, CPL’s selections of the very best books published that year.

CPL locations serve as cultural centers, presenting the highest quality events for kids, teens and adults. Harold Washington Library Center features exhibits celebrating Chicago history and the work of local artists.

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