Annual Wilks Bike Ride
9TH WARD LIBRARIES ** indicates the locations that are outside of the ward but still service and welcomes 9th Ward residents
“The public library is where place and possibility meet.” — Chicago native and author Stuart Dybek
Since first opening our doors in 1873, we've served all Chicagoans with free and open places to gather, learn, connect, read and be transformed.
Our 80 locations provide the innovative library services, technologies and tools Chicagoans need to reach their goals and to establish our city as a competitive force in the global marketplace.
Our libraries are that special third place—beyond home and work—where people come to improve their lives, nourish their intellect or savor entertainment.
Our rich collections, state-of-the-art technology, and cultural and public partnerships make us a thriving, engaged leader in Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.