Snce opening its doors in 1873, the Chicago Public Library system has served Chicagoans with free, open places to gather, learn, connect and read. Its 80 locations throughout the city provide innovative library services and technologies to give Chicagoans the tools they need to reach their goals and establish the city as a competitive force in the global marketplace.
Each library has been designed as a special place beyond home and work where people can come to improve their lives, nourish their intellect or savor entertainment. Rich literature collections, state-of-the-art technology, and cultural and public partnerships make the Chicago Public Library system a thriving, engaging presence in Chicago's diverse neighborhoods. Although the Chicago Public Library system has dramatically changed since its beginnings in an abandoned water tower after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, its mission to support all people with equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and other sources of information has remained constant.
On Aug. 29, 2015, the Chicago Public Library system opened a new 16,000-square-foot, two-story Chinatown Branch library to serve as a cultural and information center for those who seek information about the Chinatown community and Chinese culture. The feng shui-inspired structure was designed to harmonize with its surrounding environment and is partially covered with a "living" roof installed by Korellis Roofing Inc., Hammond, Ind.
Building a yin-yang roof