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New Library Branches Will Anchor MXUs on South, West Sides 

Chicago Public Library said Monday that two new libraries will be part of mixed-use developments planned for the Back of the Yards and Humboldt Park communities on Chicago’s South and West Sides, respectively. Part of the city’s INVEST South/West initiative, each of the new libraries will anchor MXUs that also include residential and commercial spaces.  

“The inclusion and creative reimagining of library resources as community hubs within the buildings elevates these two simple mixed-use, residential projects to the status of new civic icon,” said Commissioner Maurice Cox of Chicago Department of Planning and Development.  

Each new library facility will offer a built-out early childhood active learning space, and programs and spaces for area children, teens and families. Free one-on-one homework assistance will be provided for school-aged children. Teens will have access to technology, resources, and classes that inspire exploration, creativity, and learning through the YOUmedia program.  


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