Magazine article American Libraries

Getting Bookish in the Windy City

Magazine article American Libraries

Getting Bookish in the Windy City

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Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., sits at the northeast edge of Printer's Row--a rugged South Loop area once home to the city's bustling publishing houses and railroads. Visit the Popular Library Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Telephone: 312-747-4300.


Over half of the visitors to the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., come hoping to uncover leads in their genealogical quest. The rest come for a superlative noncirculating collection in the humanities and a highly selective book-store covering genealogy, cookbooks, postcards, and the history of the book.

The Newberry is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Telephone: 312-943-9090.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the Polish Museum of America Library presides northwest of the Loop at 984 N. Milwaukee Ave. Started in 1915 as a collection of 4,000 volumes in the library of the Polish Roman Catholic Union, its growth has included extensive holdings on World War II and newspapers published in the United States and Poland.

The Polish Museum Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday from 1 to 7 p.m.; and is closed on Thursday and Sunday. Telephone: 773-384-3352.

The Asher Library, located in the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies at 618 S. Michigan Ave., is one of America's largest Jewish libraries. From an unparalleled collection of rare maps of the Holy Land to more than a thousand films, it yields treasures in every format including sound recordings and sheet music.

The Asher Library is open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rare books, photographs, and documents await the serious collector at the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, an essential stop for materials on Lincoln, the Civil War, and American History, in the River North area at 357 W. Chicago Ave. Proprietor Daniel Weinberg offers expert authentication and appraisal by appointment. …

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