About Kelly Branch

Neighborhood Served

  • Englewood


  • Kelly Branch, the second oldest branch of the Chicago Public Library, opened June 24, 1911.
  • It was named for Chicago businessman and library benefactor Hiram Kelly.
  • The branch underwent an extensive renovation and was rededicated December 7, 1989.


  • Kelly Branch features artwork funded through the Percent for Art Ordinance administered by the City of Chicago Public Art Program:
    • a painting entitled “If You Believe” by Robert Dilworth
    • a painting entitled “Wacko I” by Carl Kock
    • a lithograph entitled “The Schomburg Library” by Jacob Lawrence
    • a painting entitled “Still Life with Books and Globe” by Richard Willenbrink