About This Library
Hiram Kelly Branch, the second oldest branch of the Chicago Public Library, underwent an extensive renovation and was rededicated December 7, 1989.
The branch houses four art pieces: “If You Believe” by Robert Dilworth, “Wacko I” by Carl Kock, “The Schomburg Library” by Jacob Lawrence and “Still Life with Books and Globe” by Richard Willenbrink. The pieces were funded through the Percent for Art Ordinance administered by the City of Chicago Public Art Program.
Named for Chicago businessman and library benefactor Hiram Kelly, the branch first opened June 24, 1911. Prior to that time, a local stationer’s shop housed a neighborhood delivery station.