The Hull House is what this Library draws most of it's inspiration from. The Jane Addams Hull House was a center that housed thousands of immigrants who were new to the country, where they could learn skills, sleep, and eat. The Hull House was shut down in 2012, the historic center of the community for decades. The Jane Addams Library now is placed just feet from it, and is a modern reinterpretation of the ideals that the Hull House once held.