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Chicago Public Library
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Established 1873
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Branches 79
Size 5,721,334 volumes (July 2010, ALA data)
Access and use
Circulation 10 million
Population served 2.8 million
Other information
Budget $106,000,000
Director Brian A. Bannon

The Chicago Public Library (CPL) is the public library system that serves the City of Chicago in the U.S. state of Illinois. It has over 80 libraries in the city. The system was made in 1873.


In the aftermath of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, Londoner A.H. Burgess, with the aid of Thomas Hughes, drew up what would be called the "English Book Donation," which proposed that England should provide a free library to the burnt-out city. The Chicago Public Library was created directly from the ashes of the great Chicago Fire. Burgess wrote on December 7, 1871 in the London Daily News that "I propose that England should present a Free Library to Chicago, to remain there as a mark of sympathy now, and a keepsake and a token of true brotherly kindness forever..."


Central library

Harold Washington Library Center

Regional libraries


Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
  • Sulzer Regional Library


20070325 Carter Woodson Regional Library
Carter G. Woodson Regional Library
  • Woodson Regional Library

North District

North Austin Branch
  • Albany Park Branch
  • Austin-Irving Branch
  • Harold Bezazian Branch (Uptown)
  • Bucktown-Wicker Park Branch
  • Budlong Woods Branch
  • Richard M. Daley (West Humboldt Park) Branch
  • Dunning Branch
  • Edgebrook Branch
  • Edgewater Branch
  • Galewood-Mont Clare Branch
  • Humboldt Park Branch
  • Independence Branch
  • Jefferson Park Branch
  • Lincoln-Belmont Branch
  • Lincoln Park Branch
  • Logan Square Branch
  • Mayfair Branch
  • John Merlo Branch
  • North Austin Branch
  • North Pulaski Branch
  • Northtown Branch
  • Oriole Park Branch
  • Portage-Cragin Branch
  • Roden Branch
  • Rogers Park Branch
  • Uptown Branch
  • West Belmont Branch

Central District

George C. Hall Branch
Chicago Bee Branch
Legler Branch
  • Austin Branch
  • Back of the Yards Branch
  • Blackstone Branch
  • Brighton Park Branch
  • Canaryville Branch
  • Chicago Bee Branch
  • Chinatown Branch
  • Richard J. Daley Branch
  • Douglass Branch
  • Gage Park Branch
  • Garfield Ridge Branch
  • George Cleveland Hall Branch
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch
  • Legler Branch
  • Little Village Branch
  • Rudy Lozano Branch
  • Mabel Manning Branch
  • McKinley Park Branch
  • Near North Branch
  • Roosevelt Branch
  • Sherman Park Branch
  • Toman Branch
  • Water Works Outpost
  • West Chicago Avenue Branch
  • West Town Branch

South District

Kelly Branch
  • Altgeld Branch
  • Avalon Branch
  • Beverly Branch
  • Brainerd Branch
  • Chicago Lawn Branch
  • Clearing Branch
  • Bessie Coleman Branch
  • Greater Grand Crossing Branch
  • Hegewisch Branch
  • Jeffery Manor Branch
  • Kelly Branch
  • Thurgood Marshall Branch
  • Mount Greenwood Branch
  • Pullman Branch
  • Scottsdale Branch
  • South Chicago Branch
  • South Shore Branch
  • Vodak East Side Branch
  • Walker Branch
  • West Englewood Branch
  • West Lawn Branch
  • West Pullman Branch
  • Wrightwood-Ashburn Branch
  • Whitney M. Young, Jr. Branch

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