Chicago, IL

Chicago Public Library, West Loop Branch

Donated to the City of Chicago by Sterling Bay, the West Loop Library is the first-ever Chicago Public Library branch in the community and the 81st for the city. The two-story adaptive reuse project preserves the industrial character of two buildings that were formerly part of the Harpo Studios campus, while creating a new cultural and social center for the neighborhood. The library features various programmatic areas, including all-ages reading spaces, community meeting rooms, and a YOUmedia teen digital learning space with a recording studio. In addition, a “Tinkering Lab” provides a digital space for children, who are also served by several early learning spaces. These include existing alcoves transformed into storytelling rooms, featuring interactive play elements and walls with magnetic and writeable surfaces for enhanced learning.

street view of the Chicago public library building
a women reading in a library designed with exposed brick
Chicago library with exposed wooden beams and black metal
library with finished wood floors, tables, seating and computers
long oak wood island in the middle of the Chicago library
people enjoying a librarby sitting under black light fixtures
a group of people collaborating at a table in the chicago library
two people working on computers in the chicago library
exposed brick wall with a black sterling bay reading room sign
someone walking down a black staircase in a library
a kid reading infront of a reference and circulation desk
kids enjoying a childerens play area with color cushions
kids playing with toys and childerens books on grey carpet
a librarian reading a book to a group of kids under warm lights
a group of people meeting in a colorful conference room
an orange abstract corner with a painted quote by rumi
painted orange wall with quote in a childerens reading room
a lady with a guitar and heahphones in a private sound studio

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