Join a Study Group and Take an Online Course

Join our study groups to gain new skills and connect with others in your community while learning something together in the library. We’re partnering with Peer 2 Peer University to host study groups to support learners who want to complete online courses together, in-person at the library. Each course lasts about…

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Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Public Library Join the National Summer Learning Association to Announce Chicago Public Library as the First-Ever Winner of the Founder’s Award in Recognition of the Summer Learning Challenge

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon and National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) CEO Sarah Pitcock today to announce that Chicago Public Library is the first-ever winner of NSLA’s Founder’s Award in recognition of its Summer Learning Challenge—aimed at eliminating the summer slide. In addition to being the inaugural winner of the…

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Chinatown Branch Opens Saturday, August 29

Our new Chinatown Branch opens at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 29 at 2100 S. Wentworth Avenue. Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a day of family activities and cultural performances. The 16,000-square-foot, two-story branch incorporates unique architectural elements with traditional library features: a partially covered “living” roof, Feng shui-influenced interior design and expansive views of…

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Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon Announce Expansion of Early Learning Educational Investments

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined this morning by Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Brian Bannon at the Albany Park Library branch to announce a significant expansion of Chicago Public Library early learning spaces across the city. Thanks to a $2.5 million grant from Exelon Corporation to the Chicago Public Library Foundation, CPL will open an…

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Borrow a WiFi Hotspot from Chicago Public Library

To increase Internet access throughout Chicago, we're launching Internet to Go, a pilot project to lend WiFi hotspots at three CPL locations, Brighton Park, Douglass and Greater Grand Crossing. A WiFi hotspot is a device you can use to connect a mobile-enabled device, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, to the Internet. The hotspot is portable, so you can connect your…

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Get Tickets to Selected Ravinia Concerts at CPL

We're once again joining with the Ravinia Festival to offer the Words and Music program for the upcoming Ravinia season. The program enables any adult with a valid Chicago Public Library card to obtain free tickets for lawn admission to 19 classical music concerts this summer at Ravinia. The first Words and Music…

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Take the Pledge with #IPledge20

Earlier this year, we launched our Take 20, Read Plenty campaign encouraging parents and caregivers to read at least 20 minutes a day with a child. Why Take 20, Read Plenty? Research shows that just 20 minutes improves a child’s vocabulary, nurtures learning and helps with school readiness. Not to mention—it’s really fun! With help from our…

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Book Meeting Rooms, Study Rooms Online

Planning a meeting with a community group? Getting together with classmates or colleagues? Booking space at the Chicago Public Library is easier than ever: We now offer online reservations for the meeting rooms and study rooms at CPL locations. Follow the links to see which locations have meeting or study rooms and to make a reservation at a specific location. Room capacity varies…

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Chicago Public Library, First Lady Amy Rule, Chance the Rapper Celebrate New Digital Media Lab for Teens on Chicago’s South Side

Chicago First Lady Amy Rule joined Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Brian Bannon, Chance the Rapper and Alderman Howard Brookins at the Woodson Regional Library to celebrate the opening of a new digital media lab to support CPL’s nationally-recognized YOUmedia program, which provides teens across the city with digital learning experiences.  This project,…

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One Book, One Chicago Hosts Reading Sprints on Twitter

This year, we’re doing something we’ve never done before—we’re hosting reading sprints for this season’s One Book, One Chicago selection on our Twitter account (@1book1chicago). Reading sprints are dedicated sessions where you and other Chicagoans can set aside a free hour to read together. You can participate from…

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