These days, libraries have fallen a little by the wayside, as we get all of the information we need from the internet. But isn’t it nice to curl up with a good book sometimes? It also helps if the library you’re going to is interesting, like the ones on these list. These are some of the stranger libraries in Illinois.
1. Joe and Rika Mansueto LIbrary
This library is located at the University of Chicago. You will notice the amazing design of the building first. But what you don't see is the underground robotic system that actually retrieves your books. 1100 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637.
2. International Museum of Surgical Science
First, the wood walls and green chairs make a truly stunningly beautiful atmosphere. But what these walls contain are far from beautiful: detailed descriptions of gory surgeries. 1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610.
3. Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
Certainly, there is much to see at the actual Art Institute of Chicago. But if you're lucky to see it, there is a wonderful library featuring art and architecture libraries. 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603.
4. Oriental Institute, Research Archives
This wonderful research area is dedicated to near East studies. Wood carvings on the wall, an elaborately painted ceiling, and a "Lotus" window make it truly jaw-dropping. 1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637.
5. Poetry Foundation Library
This is the only library in the Midwest that is dedicated solely to poetry. There are a whopping 30,000 volumes in the stacks. 61 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654.
6. Gerber/Hart Library
This library has the largest collection of LGBT titles in the United States. There are over 14,000 volumes. 6500 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626.
7. Read/Write Library Chicago
This community-run and community-based library is unlike anything you've ever seen. It is a quirky collection of books and zines. 914 N. California, Walton Entrance, Chicago, IL 60622.
8. Leather Archives and Museum
Trust us, this is the tamest photo we could find. This museum and library is the first formally organized archive of stuff related to the leather community (and we aren't talking about motorcycles). 6418N N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626.