Library Closed until January 2nd

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The library will be closed for the holidays. We will close at 5pm on Thursday, January 21st and we will re-open on Tuesday, January 2nd at 8am.

If you need assistance during this time, you can email our reference librarians at: Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.

We look forward to seeing you in the new year!


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Things to do in Chicago this Holiday Season


Ice Skating in Millennium Park — The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink (55 N. Michigan Ave.) is open through March 4, 2018. Free admission and amazing views of the Chicago skyline. Free skating lessons (Friday – Sunday one hour before the rink opens). Skate rentals $12.

ZooLights — The Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark St.) offers luminous displays, hot beverages, and nightly ice carving demonstrations. Friday December 8, 2017 ‚Äď Sunday, January 7, 2018

Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier — Navy Pier (600 E. Grand) offers an indoor winter carnival through Sunday, January 7, 2018. Check out the 15-foot “snow tubing” hill, toboggan tunnel, winter mini golf, carnival rides, and the Blackhawks ice-skating rink.

Morton Arboretum Illumination — The Morton Arboretum‚Äôs (4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle) Illumination, is an award-winning, one-mile outdoor walking tour on a paved path winding through 50 acres of The Morton Arboretum‚Äôs celebrated tree collections. Tuesday December 5 2017 – Monday January 1 2018.

Music Box Christmas Show ‚Äď The Music Box (3733 N Southport Ave) offers a double feature screening of White Christmas¬†and¬†It’s a Wonderful Life¬†through December 24, and Christmas carols sung during intermission.

The Museum of Science and Industry’s Christmas Around the World ‚Äď The Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S Lake Shore Drive) offers a forest of more than 50 trees and displays representing holiday traditions and cultures from around the world. Through Sunday, January 7, 2018

New Years Eve

Fireworks – Navy Pier’s New Years Eve fireworks can be viewed from the pier or any number of locations on the lakefront.

Chicago Resolution Gala ‚Äď Celebrate New Year‚Äôs Eve at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand) at the Resolution Gala in the Grand Ballroom, featuring more than 30 bars, unlimited drinks, a fully-stocked buffet, DJs, and fireworks. Sunday, December 31, 2017. You must be 21 to enter.

Windy City Soul Club — The Logan Square Auditorium (2539 N Kedzie Blvd) hosts the best soul dance party for New Year‚Äôs Eve, with soul music, Motown, regional hits, and sing-along classics. Sunday, December 31 2017.

Guided By Voices ‚Äď Celebrate the New Year with Guided by Voices at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.) Saturday, December 30, and Sunday December 31, 2017

Sun Ra Arkestra ‚Äď The music of avant-garde bandleader Sun Ra‚Äôs intergalactic, big band lives on this New Year‚Äôs Eve at Constellation (3111 N. Western Ave.). Now under the direction of saxophonist Marshall Allen. Saturday, December 30, and Sunday December 31, 2017

Noname ‚Äď Coming off her amazing performance at Lollapalooza this year, Bronzeville‚Äôs Fatimah Warner (Noname) closes out 2017 at Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln Ave.)¬† featuring songs from her debut mixtape, Telefone. Saturday, December 30 and Sunday December 31 2017.

Bob Mould + Helen Money ‚Äď Bob Mould, the former leader of H√ľsker D√ľ and Sugar, plays a trio of year-end shows at Evanston‚Äôs Space (1245 Chicago Ave). Also on the bill is cellist Helen Money

Local H — Local H, the pioneering two-man band with guitarist Scott Lucas and drummer Ryan Harding have been pounding out blistering live shows for more 25-years. Ring in the New Year in style at the Subterranean (2011 W. North Ave). Saturday, December 30 and Sunday December 31 2017

Murder by Death ‚Äď The Bloomington, Indiana quintet, which has been around since 2001, ushers in the New Year at the Bottom Lounge¬†(1375 W. Lake Street)


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Need Help Getting Through Your Finals?

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Believe it or not, the Fall semester is almost over. Unfortunately, before you can head back home for the holidays, you’ve got final exams to take, papers to write, and presentations to make. The Columbia Library is here to help.

Quiet Spaces to Study ‚Äď Do you find it hard to study in your dorm room? The Library has plenty of quiet spaces for individual and group study. There is a quiet study zone on the 3rd Floor. You can also go online and reserve study rooms in advance. Simply use the¬†EMS Web Client. Study rooms are also available on a walk-in basis.¬†There are also plenty of study spots on the 5th and 4th floors including the Blum Conference Room and Lurie Lounge.

Books to Help You Prepare for Finals ‚Äď The Library has a variety resources designed to help you during finals week. We‚Äôve got books specifically designed to help art and media students take finals; books to help you memorize facts for finals; books to help you develop study strategies; books to help you become a strategic learner; books to help dyslexic students; books to help you develop self-confidence; and more. Explore the catalog, or stop by 2nd floor Ask Desk, and we‚Äôll point you in the right direction.

Ask a Librarian for Help ‚Äď Do you need research help, or help with citations, copyright, or finding primary sources? Columbia‚Äôs Library staff are here to help: Live Chat, phone: 312 369 7900, Email, or in person at the 2nd floor Ask desk.

Online Resources Available –¬†We have 76 resource guides designed to help Columbia students. Find help with research papers,¬†citation resources,¬†copyright resources,¬†and more.

$1 coffee – Re-fuel for your long study sessions with a $1 cup of coffee available on the 1st floor of the library.


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Mark Your Calendar: December Events in the Library

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De-stress Fest: Free Hot Cocoa

Monday, December 4th, 10am-12pm

Enjoy a free cup of hot cocoa while supplies last!

Library Zine Night

Monday, December 4th, 6-10pm

Join us for our December Zine Night, a chance for you to work alone or collaboratively on zines, comics, artist books, or other paper projects in the library. This month our featured demo will be mini-matchbook zines!

De-stress Fest: Therapy Dogs

Tuesday, December 5th, 2-4pm

Come relax in the best way possible – with the Canine Therapy Corps! Get all your bell rubs and pats in as part of the Library’s De-stress Fest celebration.

5C Comedy Open Mic: De-stress Fest Edition

Wednesday, December 6th, 6-8pm

Have jokes? Need an audience? Come on down to the Library’s 5C Comedy Open Mic night! Sign up at 6pm for a five-minute slot.¬†The show starts at 6:30 p.m.

De-stress Fest: Mini-golf and Games

Thursday, December 7th, 12-4pm

Stop by and relax with a variety of games including our very own mini-golf course!

Old Hollywood Murder Mystery

Friday, December 8th, 4-7pm

Join the Columbia College Chicago Library Gaming Society for an evening of interactive murder mystery fun and a swanky 1930s Hollywood party, complete with hors doeuvres, mocktails, music, dancing, and Hollywood gossip aplenty. Costumes encouraged, but not required.

Read, Talk, Make! Session

Wednesday, December 13th, 6-8pm

Join the Library and the Aesthetics of Research for our Fall 2017 installment of The Book to Art Club featuring our first title Grimm’s Fairy Tales. We will have a wide selection of supplies on hand: paint, markers, colored pencils, paper, collage materials, glue, scissors, etc. We will be doing some brief technique demos to get you started, including collage, printmaking, paper puppets, and book sculptures.


Career Resource Collection

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Are you interested in finding that perfect job, internship, or career in the creative professions?

The Columbia Library offers an impressive collection of career resources in the arts and media fields. We have the latest books, periodicals, and online resources to help you jump-start your job search, find salary and wage information, write eye-catching resumes and cover letters, prepare for job interviews, network, change careers, and negotiate the salary you deserve. We also have resources to help you apply for graduate school, find a job in another city, or work from home.

Discover what jobs and careers are emerging in your creative discipline. Find out how to build skills and experiences for your resume. Learn how to present your own personal brand, and prepare for life after college.

The Career Resource Collection, which has over 750 career resource guides, is located on the 2nd floor of the Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave.


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Things to do in Chicago during Thanksgiving Weekend


Things to do in Chicago during Thanksgiving Weekend

Staying in Chicago for the Thanksgiving weekend?  Lucky you.  Chicago is a holiday travel destination and the Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the season. If you make it off the couch after turkey and all the trimmings, Chicago offers a host of free or low-cost holiday events and attractions. It is also a good chance to give back a little.

On Thanksgiving morning, November 23, ¬†the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade makes its way up State Street from Congress Parkway to Randolph Street from 8am to 11 am¬†with floats, marching bands, soul steppers,¬†equestrian teams, giant character balloons – and¬† of course Santa.

After the parade visit the Christkindlmarket on Daley Plaza, which brings the cherished European tradition of open-air holiday markets to the heart of Chicago – right under “The Picasso.”¬† Fifty-some vendor stalls feature holiday decorations, clothing, jewelry and wooden handicrafts from Germany and other countries in Europe and around the world. ¬†Authentic food (sausages, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, waffles) are also available, along with assorted sweets.¬† The market is open daily through December 24 beginning at 11am. Admission is free.

If you are looking for something a bit more active to do on Thanksgiving Day, round-up a scavenger hunt team and head for the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Chicago. It’s a great way to explore the City and its history while solving clues and completing challenges.¬† Start when you want and play at your own pace guided by any smart phone.¬† The hunt begins at the Westin Chicago River North, 320 N. Dearborn Street.¬† 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. $49 for a team of 5.

Or you can volunteer to help serve free Thanksgiving meal  to people who might otherwise go without. Fight2Feed needs help sharing 1,500 servings of Thanksgiving dinner. Sign-up for a 1-2 hour slot or volunteer for the whole day on the Fight2Feed website.

Wrap up Thanksgiving Day at¬† Zoolights, an extravagant holiday lights display and festival¬†at the Lincoln Park Zoo.¬†¬†Through January 1. Check the zoo’s web site for specific days and times.¬† Admission is free.

Head for Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park on Black Friday, November 25.¬† The Art Institute of Chicago’s famous lions don their holiday wreaths¬†in an annual ceremony this year led by the Chicago cast of Hamilton.¬†¬†The festivities include a live performance by the Soul Children of Chicago and complimentary hot chocolate.¬† The wreathing takes place at 10:00 am on the Michigan Avenue entrance steps.¬†¬†Admission is free.

Get into the holiday spirit and work off some of the Thanksgiving feast ice skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park or at the Skating Ribbon in Maggie Daley park across the pedestrian BP bridge.  Admission is free. Skates are available to rent. Lessons are available at the ice rink.  Check web sites for times.

Friday evening gather at¬† “the bean” at 6:00 pm¬†for Caroling at Cloud Gate with a performance by local Chicago choral groups, the first of four Friday evening performances through December 15.¬† And while you are there, visit Chicago’s 104th city Christmas tree.

If you’d rather sing than listen, head north¬†to¬†the Sound of Music Sing-Along¬†at the Music Box Theater.¬† The sing-along begins with a warm up accompanied by the house organist on the Music Boxes’ famous Wurlitzer organ.¬† (And yes there is a costume contest.) Through December 3rd.¬† See the web site for times and ticket information.

Volunteer at the Grant Park Turkey trot and help out kids in the Chicago area. Proceeds from the race go to over 30 schools and youth organizations.  Volunteering runs from 7:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, November 25 in Grant Park.  Find details on the Volunteer Match web site.

And for a break from all things Thanksgiving try out Chillfest, the fourth annual acoustic music festival sponsored by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce. The event features over 60 musicians performing in storefronts throughout WPB.  Saturday, November 25, 2:00pm to 6:00 pm in various locations.  Check the web site for details.  No admission charge.

But, if the weather is nasty or the couch is calling out to you, here’s a list from Time Out Chicago, of classic Thanksgiving movies and TV episodes on demand.¬† Grab the popcorn and settle in!


Image: Chicago Picasso, Christkindlmarket Chicago by Doug Sun Beams; CC by 2.0