Back of the Yards
About This Library
Chicago Public Library opened its first branch in the Back of the Yards/New City community in 1972. The branch later was housed in two other nearby locations and most recently occupied a double storefront at the Yards Plaza Shopping Mall at 47th Street and Damen Avenue. The branch closed in 2010.
Plans to open a new library on the campus of the new, state-of-the-art Back of the Yards High School began in 2012, with the branch opening August 26, 2013. Back of the Yards Branch is a 8,300-square-foot, full-service public library featuring bilingual programs, services and collections for adults, teens and children.
Teen-focused programs and collections support and enhance the high school curriculum, and children’s activities include early childhood programs, family story times, games and Duplos, STEM-based programs and homework help.
The branch also features a community room, digital media lab and public computers to support digital literacy and the workforce development needs of adults in the community.