About YOUmedia

About YOUmedia

Teens, come explore, create, collaborate, check out books, develop new skills and lead with us!

What We Do

YOUmedia is a library and studio space at Chicago Public Library designed specifically for teens. You can hang out, mess around and geek out on projects to create your own music, video, 2D and 3D design, photos and podcasts with help from skilled mentors.

YOUmedia equipment is available for free to teens in high school. First-timers need to sign up. Returning students just need to sign in.

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High School

Grades 6 - 8

Learn more about YOUmedia's history, philosophy and partnerships.

Special Projects

ChiTeen Lit Fest

ChiTeen Lit Fest is a safe and creative space for you to unlock and discover your unique voice through the literary arts as we bring together young people from Chicago to celebrate their talents and so they can express themselves through exceptional and honest art. Keep an eye out for opportunities to plan the fest, participate in workshops and attend special guest performances and events before the next fest.


We consider proposals for new and continuing partnerships twice a year to provide programs across the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) spectrum to teens throughout Chicago. For more information, contact teenservices@chipublib.org.

YOUmedia FAQs

  • You can hang out, mess around and geek out. All YOUmedia locations have laptops, cameras, music and gaming equipment, and some YOUmedia locations have 3D printers, vinyl cutters and more. It's an open environment where you choose what you want to do and skilled library staff provide coaching and assistance. And of course there are books, too!

  • YOUmedia is available at more than twenty CPL locations.

  • YOUmedia locations are designed for certain grades. View high school locations and locations for grades 6-8.

  • Check with each YOUmedia location for hours.

  • YOUmedia is free. It doesn't cost anything to use equipment or visit any YOUmedia space.

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