Harold Washington Library Center

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Holidays and Closures

  • All Staff Institute Day
    Wednesday, April 24, 2024
    Closed All Day
  • Memorial Day
    Monday, May 27, 2024
    Closed All Day
  • Juneteenth
    Wednesday, June 19, 2024
    Closed All Day
  • Independence Day
    Thursday, July 4, 2024
    Closed All Day
  • Labor Day
    Monday, September 2, 2024
    Closed All Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
    Thursday, November 28, 2024
    Closed All Day
  • Christmas Day
    Wednesday, December 25, 2024
    Closed All Day

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About Harold Washington Library Center

  • View parking facilities within convenient walking distance of Harold Washington Library Center.

  • The Assistive Resources Center on the 5th floor of Harold Washington Library Center is for individuals with visual impairments or who have physical disabilities that prevent them from performing tasks such as using a computer mouse.

    The Assistive Resources Center has three individual computer rooms available by appointment. To make an appointment, please call (312) 747-4001.

    Each room has:

    • Large-screen computer with high-contrast keyboard, speakers, trackball mouse and laser printer
    • Flatbed scanner
    • Braille embosser
    • Tabletop video magnifier
    • Braille typewriter
    • SARA scan and read device

    The Assistive Resources Center computers offer:

    • Internet Explorer
    • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
    • JAWS screen-reading software
    • ZoomText screen magnifier
    • Duxbury Braille Translator, used in conjunction with the braille embosser

    Harold Washington Library Center has a videophone with video relay service for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Deaf or hard of hearing individuals may use the videophone to place video relay calls to hearing people, who receive the calls on a standard phone. Calls are routed through an interpreting center, where an interpreter, fluent in ASL and spoken English or Spanish, appears on the device. The deaf and hard of hearing caller signs the message to the interpreter, and the interpreter relays the conversation between the two parties. Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can also use the videophone to call other deaf or hard of hearing individuals with a videophone.


Featured Services

Teacher in the Library: Thomas Hughes Children's Library

Looking for help with school work? Join other kids and families for out-of-school learning support. Get help from a certified teacher to complete homework and improve study skills. Drop in for homework help and try Teacher in the Library in person.

Schedule is subject to change. Please call to confirm availability.


1:30 - 4:30 p.m.


Get computer help from a CyberNavigator tutor. One-on-one sessions are available by appointment and last up to an hour. Learn about:

  • Computer, email and Internet basics
  • Online job searching and resume writing
  • CPL website and online resources, eBooks and other digital content

Sessions available in English and French. Please call to confirm availability and make an appointment.


10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

2 - 7 p.m.

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