The Reader’s Choice: Harold Washington Library Center

OK, it’s not a branch, and technically neither are the regional libraries with big video collections (Sulzer on the north side with 14,531 titles, Woodson on the south with 3,937). But if you’re patient you can have any of the library system’s 13,079 DVDs or 25,880 VHS tapes transferred to your local branch. If you’re not, you might want to check out for an index of the 556 titles you can download for home viewing. Many of these are PBS specials and the like, but you can also find plenty of classic dramas and comedies, among them The Kid (1921), Nosferatu (1922), Steamboat Bill Jr. (1927), Metropolis (1927), A Star Is Born (1935), My Man Godfrey (1936), Love Affair (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Meet John Doe (1941), The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Night of the Living Dead (1968), and Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972); more contemporary fare includes Perfect Blue (2000), Super Size Me (2004), and The World’s Fastest Indian (2005).   Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4300,

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