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Building Stories: Chicago Public Library – Chinatown Branch


How can a library embody both community and discovery?

Since first opening its doors in 2015, the Chinatown Branch of Chicago's public library system has become a neighborhood destination for learning and cultural life. SOM's sustainable approach for the building integrates a unified set of design principles, reflective of shared local values, with a programmatic diversity spanning age groups. We revisited the library in 2018 to see how the unique space has served its larger civic purpose, as well as the individual patrons who use it on a regular basis.

This video features interviews with library staff and members of the Chinatown community alongside new footage of the LEED® Platinum-certified civic, educational, and social center.