Chicago, IL —
The Gerber/Hart Library, Chicago's only LGBT library and archives, Tuesday announced a planned move from its current location in Edgewater to the Rogers Park neighborhood by the end of April.
"In 1998 we moved to the Granville location knowing that we would eventually outgrow the space," said Karen C. Sendziak, president of the library's board of directors. "Our needs have changed and the library board feels that the time has come to move."
The board said finding space that would accommodate the library's needs was not easy.
The new location at 6500 N. Clark will included 20 parking spaces and is located across from a CTA bus turnaround for the #36 Broadway and #151 Sheridan buses, making access easy for the entire LGBT community.
"We were able to take advantage of the current market conditions to negotiate a rental agreement that's superior economically," said Don Landers, a library board member for Gerber/Hart. "The new location also brings Gerber/Hart into a cluster of LGBT-friendly businesses, which is another positive for driving traffic to the library."
The library's board and volunteers are now tasked with moving the thirty-one year old collection from the current location at 1127 W. Granville Ave. to the new location in a short amount of time.
Tuesday's announcement follows a month of community concern and question over the future of the library, which was founded in 1981 and has since grown into being the Midwest's largest LGBT circulating library.