The 2014 Annual Report highlights how Chicago Public Library is reimagining the ways we access information, inspire learning and engage communities:
- The Library launched a new website in 2014, with an investment of more than $1 million from the Chicago Public Library Foundation. Between the April launch and the end of 2014, the new site received approximately 43 million pageviews and 7.7 million visits. Through this site, the Library continues to expand its digital offerings—free to patrons—with access to Zinio, an online newsstand, and Hoopla, an online portal to books, music, movies and television.
- Since opening in July 2013, the Library’s award-winning Maker Lab has served over 137,000 visitors, who can access 21st century technology such as 3D printers, laser cutters and digital design tools. A grant to the CPL Foundation from Motorola Mobility Foundation extended the lab’s support through December 2015.
- 83,000 Chicago schoolchildren read over 66 million minutes and extended their learning over the summer by participating in Rahm’s Readers, the Library’s Summer Learning Challenge, funded by the Chicago Public Library Foundation.
- The new, 16,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Albany Park Branch features a YOUmedia for teens, an interactive early learning area for children, a large community meeting room, two study rooms, a self-checkout unit and additional computers.