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Harold Washington Library Center


Taking up an entire city block, the Harold Washington Library Center was recognized as the world's largest public library by the Guinness Book of World Records. Built by Hammond, Beeby & Babka in 1991, this massive library was named in honor of the late Harold Washington, a former mayor who played an important role in its construction.

Fun Fact: The Harold Washington Library Center houses nearly 6.8 million books.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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