Public Library, Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago Public Library

Another public library, of 96,000-square-foot  facility.

Sustainably designed to meet energy efficiency and environmental design requirements, the conference center addition supplements the library’s public meeting space and growing need for community meeting places with a 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat, conference room and a 980-square-foot cafe. The cafe and conference room have access to a pre-function lobby area and restrooms. The renovation offered the library an opportunity to reorganize its collection, introduce new naturally-lit reading areas, provide additional meeting rooms, and upgrade the building’s infrastructure to accommodate current and emerging technology.

Additionally, the renovation provides new space for the library’s precious local history collection, passport offices and dedicated areas for public computers and teenage patrons.