Albany Park Library

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Albany Park Library
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The library in 2004, which has since undergone renovation.
Established 1963
Location Chicago, Illinois

Albany Park Library is a branch of the Chicago Public Library located at 3401 W. Foster Ave. in the North Park neighborhood of Chicago, in the U.S. state of Illinois. It was opened in 1963[1] to serve both the Albany Park and North Park areas of Chicago, and is ADA compliant. It currently holds large collections of Korean and Spanish language materials.[2]


In 2012 the Albany Park Library received funding to begin a $15 million renovation of their 50 year old building. Notices were put up in June for residents of the area to use the nearby library at Northeastern Illinois University, and a bookmobile route of the city made sure to include the North Park section of Chicago on its route.[3][4][5]

Contruction of the new facility took just under two years, opening on September 13, 2014.[6] With an increase of 6,000 feet, additional space for a computer room, and expanded stacks for book storage, the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel declared the branch "the new gold standard" for libraries in the city.[7] One of the key features to the new library was a learning space built for toddlers, and since its creation picture book collection of the branch has grown by 30%.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Albany Park Branch Highlights". 
  2. ^ "Albany Park Branch Highlights". 
  3. ^ Isaacs, Deanna (August 13, 2012). "The Albany Park library puts on a disappearing act". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Albany Park Branch page
  5. ^ Albany Park Branch Construction Page
  6. ^ About Albany Park Branch
  7. ^ a b Welti, Patty (September 13, 2014). "Mayor Declares Albany Park Library 'The New Gold Standard'". dnaInfo. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 

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Coordinates: 41°58′30″N 87°42′49″W / 41.975117°N 87.713685°W / 41.975117; -87.713685 (Albany Park Library)