Since first opening its doors to the public in 1873, the Chicago Public Library has maintained its status of one of the City’s most democratic of institutions — providing all Chicagoans with a free and open place to gather, learn, connect, read and be transformed.
“We welcome and support all people in their enjoyment of reading and lifelong learning. Working together, we strive to provide equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and other resources. We believe in the freedom to read, to learn, to discover.”
The Gary Comer Youth Center offers positive extracurricular alternatives in a welcoming and safe environment. Our mission is to provide the support for all of our students to graduate from high school, prepared to pursue college and careers. The Youth Center draws its primary membership from youth on Chicago's South side. In addition, the Youth Center offers numerous special events and activities open to the broader public throughout the year.