Three new public libraries will soon be built on the south and west sides of Chicago, according to city officials.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office, along with the Chicago Public Library and other city departments, announced plans Friday to build new libraries in the Back of the Yards, Humboldt Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods. The Back of the Yards branch will be moved from the Back of the Yards High School campus to a mixed-use development building at 4630 S. Ashland Ave.
In addition to a 16,000 square foot library, the building will also include a health care center, performing arts center, headquarters for the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, as well as spaces for nonprofit organizations. lucrative Chicago Commons and Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation. . The project will be funded by a $15 million grant from the State of Illinois.
The Humboldt Park Library, meanwhile, will be built as part of a $55.3 million mixed-use development at the corner of North Avenue and Pulaski Road. The development will include 16,000 square feet for the library, as well as 75 affordable housing units and offices for Humboldt Park Health.
In addition to planned locations for Back of the Yards and Humboldt Park, Chicago Public Libraries secured $18 in funding for a new Woodlawn Library Branch, according to the department.
The city says the three projects demonstrate its “ongoing efforts to promote literacy, education and community engagement.”