Barack Obama Foundation releases request for qualifications for presidential library

The Barack Obama Foundation released a request for qualifications for the planned Obama presidential library Thursday afternoon.

The document asks institutions across the country seeking to host the president’s library how their proposal will satisfy the library’s “guiding principles.” It also asks for details on a proposed facility’s site, accessibility and community “to demonstrate a capacity to successfully build and maintain a future presidential library.”

“Our vision is to create a space that reflects President Obama’s values and priorities throughout his career in public service and serves as a force for good in the surrounding community and throughout our world,” foundation leader Marty Nesbitt, a Kenwood resident and friend of the president, said in a prepared statement.

An Obama library is being pursued by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago and Chicago State University, as well as the University of Hawaii and Columbia University.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he supports a unified Chicago bid for the library.

Click here, to view the Barack Obama Foundation’s request for qualifications.