Library for the People Episode 6: The Future of Libraries

Chicago Public Library is turning 150 and we have stories to tell. This six-episode limited series podcast takes us on a journey – from building a library after the Great Chicago Fire to reimagining what libraries could be. Along the way, we will meet different Library People: librarians, patrons, authors, and so much more. Each episode will bring a mix of voices and stories found in Chicago’s 80+ branches that make Chicago Public Library a city treasure and a leader in the space.

Read a transcript of episode 6.

Take a deeper dive into episode 6 of the Library for the People podcast, focusing on the future of libraries.

CPL's Impact and Initiatives

Episode 6 delves into CPL's impact and initiatives over the past 150 years. The photos above offer a glimpse into these topics, including photos of the Harold Washington Library Center Construction, CPL co-located housing and library locations, the Winter Garden and students enjoying their 81 Club cards.

Reimagine Your Public Library Exhibition by Human Scale

Photos of the exhibition created by Human Scale to help people imagine what kind of library they want to have in their community. The exhibition, which wrapped up in June at the Chicago Cultural Center, featured square pieces users could snap together to create visual blueprints of their ideal space. 

Locations Visited

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