Harold Washington Library – State/Van Buren station

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Harold Washington Library
State/Van Buren
Harold Washington Library-State-Van Buren.jpg
Location 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
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 2
Structure type Elevated
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened October 3, 1897
Closed September 2, 1973
Rebuilt June 22, 1997 (1997-06-22)
Previous names State/Van Buren
Library-State/Van Buren
Passengers (2014) 1,240,103[1]Decrease 1.5% (CTA)
Rank 61 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
Loop Elevated
One-way operation
Orange Line
toward Midway Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
toward Midway Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
Orange Line
Rush period special
(7-9 a.m.)
One-way operation
One-way operation
Purple Line
toward Linden
Pink Line
toward 54th/Cermak
toward Kimball
Brown Line
One-way operation
Route map
Purple, Orange and Pink Lines
west to Linden, Midway Pictograms-nps-airport.svg, 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, formerly State/Van Buren, commonly abbreviated as Library) is an '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.[2] The new station was rebuilt and reopened on June 22, 1997 in order to serve the Harold Washington Library.[3] The Chicago Transit Authority board voted unanimously on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, to rename the station to its current name.[4]

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

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Due to possible double-counting of physically-connected stations, the CTA's official 2014 tally of stations was 145, but for ridership purposes reported having only 143 stations.


  1. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2014" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. March 5, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Buck, Thomas (September 2, 1973). "CTA Shutting Down 7 Rapid Transit Stations Today". Chicago Tribune. p. 5. 
  3. ^ Hilkevitch, Jon (June 18, 1997). "Library Going on CTA Line - New Rail Station to Bring Riders Right Next to Books". Chicago Tribune. p. 3. 
  4. ^ 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