Poetry Foundation Library
The Poetry Foundation Library is the Midwest's only library dedicated to poetry. Visitors to the library may browse a collection of 30,000 volumes, experience audio and video recordings in private listening booths, and view exhibits of poetry-related materials. In addition to providing public access to its collections in the form of a reading room, the library hosts interactive programs to inspire a wider readership for poetry in people of all ages. Learn more about using the library.
The origins of the library are in the working collection of Poetry magazine. Titles originally sent to the magazine for review or acquired for editorial needs now comprise a distinctive collection of the poetry of the past century.
The library's current collection aims to present the best poetry, in English or in translation, of the modern and contemporary era, and to include representative selections of the major poetic works of all eras. The collection contains individual author monographs, anthologies, journals, rare and limited editions, broadsides, chapbooks, criticism, and prose works by poets. Audio archives include restored recordings of poets, like Gwendolyn Brooks and Czeslaw Milosz, reading their own work.
The Poetry Foundation Library welcomes group visits from students of all ages and lifelong learners. To learn more, or to arrange a visit, contact library staff at [email protected].
To contact the librarian, please email [email protected] or call 312.799.8057
The building will be closed to the public Monday, August 28 through Monday, September 4.
The building will be closed to the public on Monday, September 25th.