Obama Presidential Center to House New Branch of Chicago Public Library
The Obama Presidential Center, which will be built in Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side, will include a new branch of the Chicago Public Library, according to the mayor’s office.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined the Obama Foundation to make the announcement Wednesday morning.
This is the first time a presidential center will have a public library inside.
But while officials have signed a letter of intent spelling out how they envision a public library branch operating on the campus, it is just the first step in a longer process to secure the facility.
Any contracts or leases would have to be presented to the City Council for approval. The council also would have to approve a budget that sets aside funding for staffing, books and technology to be placed in the proposed library branch.
Unlike other public library branches that close on Sundays and typically operate only until the early evening, the Obama branch will have hours that match the foundation’s other programs. But instead of full staffing, the branch will have self-service checkout options, officials said.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.