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New study ranks Chicago Public Library 1st in U.S. and 3rd in world
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CHICAGO, IL.- A new international study ranks the Chicago Public Library No. 1 in the United States and No. 3 in the world, ahead of Shanghai (5th), Singapore (7th), New York (9th), Beijing (13th), Hong Kong (17th) and London (30th).

“Libraries serve as economic and social anchors in our communities, which is why it is so important to invest in these neighborhood hubs,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This report adds to the volume of research recognizing the leading global role that Chicago Public Library has taken in leveraging technology to enhance library services and underscores the fact that Chicago is recognized internationally as a world-class city.”

The empirical study ranked the core services of public libraries across the globe and was released by the Information Science Department of Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf in Germany. It ranks Chicago first domestically and third internationally as one of the 31 major urban libraries taking a leadership role in supporting “smart cities” in the “knowledge economy.”

The Chicago Public Library is comprised of the Harold Washington Library Center, two regional libraries and more than 70 neighborhood branches. All locations provide free access to a rich collection of books, DVDs, audiobooks and music; the Internet and WiFi; sophisticated research databases, many of which can be accessed from a home or office computer; newspapers and magazines; and continue to serve as cultural centers, presenting the highest quality author discussions, exhibits and programs for children teens and adults. Visit www.chipublib.org for more information.





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February 1, 2014

Capa in Color: International Center of Photography shows Robert Capa's color photos

An American Treasure: The Clark Family treasures to be offered at Christie's

National Gallery of Art announces major new acquisitions from the 15th through 20th centuries

Sotheby's announces Worldwide Heads of Contemporary and Impressionist & Modern Art

Yorkshire Sculpture Park welcomes an unusual new equestrian resident by Julian Opie

Brooklyn Museum to present Ai Weiwei's first North American survey exhibition

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames anchors winter season at Addison Gallery

Christie's Old Masters Week achieves $68 million in New York; Rothschild Prayerbook sells for $13,605,000

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec manuscript up for auction by New Hampshire based, RR Auction

Sole camera from NASA moon missions to be auctioned by Vienna's Westlicht Gallery

Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition features new works by Kaz Oshiro

Exhibition of drawings and assemblages by Al Taylor opens at David Zwirner in London

Dürer on the road to seccess: Final spurt with special opening hours at Städel Museum

New study ranks Chicago Public Library 1st in U.S. and 3rd in world

The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts appoints James Voorhies as Director

NY State Museum opens exhibition on Franklin Roosevelt's "First New Deal" in New York

The Studio Museum in Harlem presents exhibition of photographs by Carrie Mae Weems

Exhibition of new work by Frank Thiel opens at Sean Kelly

New Bedford-based artist Jennifer Avery opens exhibition at Yellow Peril Gallery

Shirin Neshat debuts new work at Rauschenberg Foundation's Project Space

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