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Hope College Prep In Englewood Is Closed, But Where Will The Books Go?

The future of the school's library collection is safe, assures CPS.

Now that Hope College Prep's is closed, the library collection will be donated to other schools in the area, according to CPS.
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ENGLEWOOD — It’s a familiar routine, one that plays out every time a Chicago Public School closes its doors for good: Papers and equipment are filed into boxes as furniture is broken down or driven away to its new home.

Now that John Hope College Prep, one of four neighborhood schools phased out to make room for the new Englewood S.T.E.M. High School opening in the fall, has graduated its final senior class, some are concerned about the future of its library collection.

There were rumors the school had only two weeks to find a destination for the hundreds of books collected over the years. Not true, according to CPS, which said the books from Hope that meet selection criteria are in the process of being donated to other CPS schools, per district policy. 

“The two-week timeline for donation is not accurate. As long as there are suitable books that meet the district’s standards, they can be donated to other schools,” said CPS in a statement Tuesday. “After books have been donated to other school buildings, the school will work with external partners to donate the remaining books.”

It’s unclear which schools will receive the books, or how many books have been donated so far.