President Obama’s library and museum will be built at either the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York or the University of Hawaii. The Barack Obama Foundation announced the shortlisted locations on Monday afternoon, along with a Request for Proposal document, providing more details of what the President and First Lady are looking for in the library.
In its release today, The Obama Foundation lays out the physical requirements of the library, its connection to the public -- and a section that, for the first time, lays out some of the priorities guiding Obama's post-presidency.
The Program section describes the "mission and vision of the Library and Foundation" as ensuring the Library accurately "represents and explains the presidential legacy," "articulates a compelling, shared vision," "generates discourse and dialogue," "inspires an ethic of citizenship" and even, in keeping with the First Lady's White House cause, "supports a healthy lifestyle."
The deadline for the in-depth proposals from the four sites will be December 11, 2014. The Obama Foundation's board of directors will share their recommendations with the President and First Lady in early 2015.
The Obama Library will be the 14th presidential library under the National Archives and Records Administration. The last library to open was the The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. President Obama attended the opening ceremony in May 2013 along with former Presidents Carter, Bush and Clinton.