Schedule a Field Trip to HWLC’s Thomas Hughes Children’s Library

Are you planning a field trip to Thomas Hughes Children’s Library at Harold Washington Library Center? We serve children through eighth grade, parents, teachers and adults exploring the children's collection.

  • Field trips are for children through eighth grade and adult students wishing to explore the children's collection. (A tour of HWLC for high school-age teens, college students and community organizations can be arranged separately.)
  • Most field trips last 30 to 90 minutes; we'll tailor your visit to fit your needs.
  • Field trips begin on the half hour and are offered between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays. If possible, please provide multiple preferred dates and times for your field trip. Field trips may be booked up to three months in advance. Some programs, such as book talks, require four weeks' notice.
  • A staff member will contact you via email to customize and finalize your field trip plans.
  • Additional questions? Check the Tours and Field Trips FAQs or call us at (312) 747-4200.
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  • About Your Group

  • We require one adult chaperon for every 10 students.
  • Is your group interested in getting library cards? * Required
    We can issue library cards for school groups, but please arrange to drop off your completed application forms at least two weeks prior to your visit to Thomas Hughes Children's Library.
  • Does your group want to use the lunchroom? * Required
    The lunchroom adjacent to the children's library seats 30 and is booked in 30-minute increments. Multiple bookings may be scheduled to accommodate additional students.
  • What program is your group interested in?
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  • Your Preferred Dates and Time

    Field trips begin on the half hour and are offered between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays. Field trips may be booked up to three months in advance. Some programs, such as book talks, require four weeks' notice.
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