Harold Washington Library – State/Van Buren (CTA station)

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Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren
Harold Washington Library-State-Van Buren.jpg
Station statistics
Address One West Van Buren Street
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Coordinates 41°52′37″N 87°37′42″W / 41.876862°N 87.628196°W / 41.876862; -87.628196
  Purple Line weekday rush hours only
Structure type Elevated
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 2
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened October 3, 1897
Closed September 2, 1973
Rebuilt June 22, 1997
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Formerly State/Van Buren
Library-State/Van Buren
Passengers (2012) 1,338,638 Increase 2.8% (CTA)
Preceding station   Chicago 'L'   Following station
One-way operation
Brown Line
toward Kimball
One-way operation
Orange Line
toward Midway
One-way operation
Purple Line
toward Linden
Pink Line
toward 54th/Cermak
  Farecard transfers  
toward Howard
Red Line
Transfer at: Jackson
toward O'Hare
Blue Line
Transfer at: Jackson
toward Forest Park
Route map
Purple, Orange and Pink Lines
west to Linden, Midway, and 54th/Cermak
Federal St.
Dearborn St.
Plymouth Ct.
State St.
Brown Line
east to Kimball

Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren (formerly Library-State/Van Buren, commonly abbreviated as Library) is a handicapped accessible 'L' station serving the CTA's Brown, Orange, Pink, and Purple Lines. Originally, the station was to have direct access to the second floor of the Harold Washington Library building, but this direct connection was never built. Farecard transfers are also available at the station for the Blue and Red Lines via the Jackson/Dearborn and Jackson/State subway stations, respectively. It was originally known as State/Van Buren when it first opened in 1897. The original station closed on September 2, 1973, along with six other stations, due to low ridership, and demolished in 1975.[1] The new station was rebuilt and reopened on June 22, 1997 in order to serve the city's central library, Harold Washington Library.[2] The Chicago Transit Authority board voted unanimously on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, to rename the station to its current name.[3] It is the second newest station in the Loop with Washington/Wells being the first.

Bus connections[edit]

View of Library-State/Van Buren from Dearborn Street


  • #2 Hyde Park Express
  • #6 Jackson Park Express
  • #10 Museum of Science and Industry
  • #22 Clark
  • #24 Wentworth
  • #29 State
  • #36 Broadway
  • #62 Archer (Owl Service)
  • #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express
  • #147 Outer Drive Express


  1. ^ Buck, Thomas (September 2, 1973). "CTA Shutting Down 7 Rapid Transit Stations Today". Chicago Tribune. p. 5. 
  2. ^ Hilkevitch, Jon (June 18, 1997). "Library Going on CTA Line - New Rail Station to Bring Riders Right Next to Books". Chicago Tribune. p. 3. 
  3. ^ Hilkevitch, Jon. "'L' stop named for Mayor Harold Washington". Chicago Breaking News. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren (CTA) at Wikimedia Commons