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Harold Washington Library Center

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Address: 400 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
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The library houses approximately two million books and is a wonderful...

The library houses approximately two million books and is a wonderful example of Chicago's architecture.

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The Book House and Some of the Buzz on the Last Frontier

This library can be visited for its architectural design and its large book and information collection. In addition, the library center also presents lectures and discussions... read more

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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This library can be visited for its architectural design and its large book and information collection. In addition, the library center also presents lectures and discussions. For $3.00 last June I had the rare opportunity during the Printers Row Lit Fest to listen to one of the few men alive who has walked on the moon. Buzz Aldrin in conversation... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty cool place to visit in Chicago. The building is massive and a work of art on its own. Different pieces of art throughout the library were also amazing to see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building is a historic landmark and the best library in the Midwest, Outstanding library. There is a children's center, a teen's center, a popular works location, over 100 public computers, and endless isles of books. It is easy to reserve a computer, you just need a library card, if you don't have one you can acquire one within minutes... More 

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Mulhouse, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

It is located in the loop and is a typical architectural building. If you don't want to take some time to go Inside, just take a few minutes to admire the building from the outside

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Coshocton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

I only went to this library to view the 58,307 Vietnam veteran dog tags hanging from the ceiling. The story behind them is awe inspiring. And then you have the building itself. It's enormous inside an out and the figures on the roof are something else.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

This library was huge and the staff was very helpful and friendly. We conducted business here daily for a couple of weeks and it was the perfect place. They have private rooms you can reserve for free. There is plenty of room to study. This was definitely one of the best libraries I've ever visited.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Short visit to the Harold Washington Library Center. After visiting many libraries this year, I thought this library was more modern, but had similar features, such as murals, statues, plagues, and sayings written on the marble walls. Interestingly, there was displays like museums and archival buildings, such as displays about Harold Washington, and more. Like most massive libraries, I've noticed... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

I first entered this library (the central library for Chicago) some 20 years ago and have wanted to return for a long time. The years have been more than kind to it. It is as beautiful as it was decades ago and still filled with generous holdings. If you have questions, there are multiple staff to answer them and direct... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This is a gorgeous library with over $1 million in artwork throughout the building. I was especially moved by a memorial to men and women lost in Vietnam which will be on site through early 2017. If you have a tween/teen, they have a computer lab with 3D printing available on a first come basis for FREE. Be sure to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I am a huge lover of libraries and this one didn't disappoint. Cruised around all the floors - it is a quiet, peaceful space to get things done surrounded by books. One of the floors has jigsaw puzzles and games to play. There are displays about Chicago, book clubs and staff picks. The Harry Potter architecture with huge green owls... More 

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