May 20, 2022

Chicago’s Gerber/Hart LGBTQ Library and Archives “Houses More Than Just Books”

From The Chicago Tribune:

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives is billed as “the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ circulating library,” a repository for all things related to LGBTQ culture and history, from books to meeting minutes, posters to newspapers, even a Rosie O’Donnell doll.

The library has 14,000 books, 150 archival collections, thousands of newspapers, hundreds of videos and countless posters, according to Carrie Barnett, president of Gerber/Hart’s board of directors. But that’s just part of the story.


At one time, Gerber/Hart patrons came mostly for the books, which cover all aspects of LGBTQ history and culture; few other venues existed in which to find and read these works. Now, with books increasingly available online, it’s the library’s unique archives and special collections that are drawing attention, according to Wil Brant, the library’s interim director, former board president and a longtime volunteer.

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