Chicago’s public library system has been transformed from a single branch into a living laboratory for researchers, thanks to the city’s groundbreaking new $1.6 billion capital campaign.
The city’s new capital campaign for the city and surrounding suburbs is a key step in the transformation of the public library into a more robust, sustainable entity that will enable more people to access books in their communities and to access the city as a global research and research-oriented hub.
The Chicago Public Library’s budget has doubled over the past decade, and the library’s $1 billion capital investment in the city will provide for the development of new library buildings, expanded research and outreach programs, expanded programming, and other initiatives that will strengthen the public’s library experience.
“We have an opportunity to really take the city of Chicago and turn it into a lab that can serve the public better,” said Tim Hulme, director of the Chicago Public Libraries, adding that the city has a history of attracting a lot of talent, and that he sees the new capital funding program as the first step toward creating a library where “everybody can have access.”
The library is located on the South Side, in the heart of the city, with a campus of nearly 50,000 square feet and a full library with more than 50,600 books.
It is a highly visible part of the cultural fabric of the downtown area and serves about 1.4 million people each month.
But it is also a relatively small part of Chicago’s overall library system, with about 6,000 branches.
To fund the capital campaign, the city allocated $1 million in funding to the library system.
The funds will go toward the renovation of several existing libraries and the expansion of a new library building, which is expected to open in 2021.
The new library will be located on an existing portion of the library building that was originally designed to be a new branch.
The newly renovated library will also have a new, fully functional, computerized learning center.
The project is being led by the city Department of Cultural Affairs, the Chicago Parks Department, and Community Reinvestment Partnerships.
“The city of a hundred years ago had one branch.
We’ve now got six,” Hulle said.
“It’s a huge step.
It’s the beginning of a long process.
The new $100 million library will open in 2020, and a second branch, the $150 million library, is slated for 2021. “
But the key thing is that this will create a place that everyone can access, and everyone can use.”
The new $100 million library will open in 2020, and a second branch, the $150 million library, is slated for 2021.
Hulgeme said the new library was a perfect fit for the community and the city because it was located right across from the existing branch, which had been shuttered for nearly 30 years due to a lack of funding.
He said that the library will continue to serve the entire community, regardless of where one lives.
“I think that the success of this library will give us an opportunity for other people to find the books that they’re looking for, and for us to provide them access to a world-class library experience that is accessible to everyone,” Hultme said.
The library will have three branches, with the new building being the largest, with an estimated capacity of 2,500 books per library branch.
Each branch will also be a research and educational center.
“Our goal is to have a library that serves everyone, regardless if you’re in Chicago or a nearby neighborhood,” Huling said.
In addition to the new branches, the new $250 million library is expected also to include additional research and instructional facilities and a new collection center, Huling added.
“This is the next chapter in the history of the building,” Hulsing said.
He added that the new facility will be dedicated to providing a more inclusive and culturally sensitive experience for library users.
“One of the things that’s important about our new building is that it is going to be designed in a way that it’s going to encourage people to explore more and to interact more with the library,” Hulin said.