About Hall Branch

Neighborhood Served

  • Bronzeville
  • Grand Boulevard


  • Hall Branch was named for renowned African American surgeon, social activist and civic leader Dr. George Cleveland Hall (1864-1930).
  • Hall Branch was the first CPL location with an African American branch manager, Vivian G. Harsh, who served as its first manager.
  • It opened January 18, 1932.
  • On July 7, 2000, the Friends of Libraries USA and Illinois Center for the Book designated Hall Branch as a literary landmark in recognition of its promotion of African American literary culture by serving as a meeting place for such writers as Arna Bontemps, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay and Richard Wright.