Spring Break Library Hours

open sign on door

Good news! The library is open during spring break.

But… our hours will be reduced.

Here’s the complete spring break schedule:

Saturday, March 18th: 9am-5pm
Sunday, March 19th: 10am-6pm
Monday-Friday, March 20th-24th: 8am-5pm
Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th: Closed

The 2nd Floor Ask Desk will be open only Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.

Check the hours page of the library website for additional updates.

Cut all federal funding of libraries and museums?

Four adults at a library discussion event

American Library Association releases statement on Trump’s budget proposal

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/16/2017

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to President Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro today issued the following statement:

“The President’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget just released, and with it effectively all federal funding for libraries of all kinds, is counterproductive and short-sighted. The American Library Association will mobilize its members, Congressional library champions and the millions upon millions of people we serve in every zip code to keep those ill-advised proposed cuts from becoming a Congressional reality.  Libraries leverage the tiny amount of federal funds they receive through their states into an incredible range of services for virtually all Americans everywhere to produce what could well be the highest economic and social “ROI” in the entire federal budget.

“America’s more than 120,000 public, school, college and university and many other libraries aren’t piles of archived books. They’re trusted centers for technology, job counseling, retraining, veterans services, entrepreneurship, education, teaching and learning and free inquiry at the core of communities in every state in the country – and in every Congressional district. And they’re staffed by the original search engines: skilled and engaged librarians.”


Shawnda Hines
Press Officer
Washington Office
American Library Association
(202) 628-8410


Image: “Human Library CEP-14” by University of the Fraser Valley is licensed under CC by 2.0

HELP!!! (Get it at the Library.)


Ask a Librarian LIVE CHAT  Look for the green button to get immediate assistance with any question, simple to complicated.  When chat is not available you can send an email, and a librarian will get back to you later, even on weekends.

Call us at 312-369-7153 during Ask Desk hours or drop by the Ask Desk on the second floor of the Library.

Research Consultation   Don’t let the name scare you.  Just fill in the request form to get help with your project.  Tell us what what you’ve tried so far and what you still need. A librarian will set up a time to meet and then spend some time investigating the possibilities before meeting with you.

Of course, you could always stand in the middle of the room and scream HELP!!! But we don’t recommend that.  Whatever you need, just ask.



Image: “HELP” by Marc Falardeau  is licensed under CC by 2.0




Cameras, Camcorders, Headphones, Chargers, and More…for the road!


Get the equipment you need for your projects, no matter your major or which classes you’re taking.  Check out technology from the Library:

  • Canon Rebel t5i
  • Canon Camcorder
  • Canon DSLR Lenses
  • Digital Audio Recorder
  • Projector
  • Lightbox
  • Smart Phone Chargers
  • Headphone
  • Laptop
  • Two-way Radio
  • Portable Magnifier
  • USB Microphone
  • Mac Charger
  • SD Cards
  • Button Makers

Find out more and check availability of each item.


Image: “Girl with a Medium Format Film Camera” by Igor Trepeshchenok is licensed under CC by 2.0


Great Collections at Columbia Library: Photography Books



Your Columbia College Library has a vast and terrific collection of books on Photography, including how-to books, the work of famous photographers, exhibition catalogs and more.

Here is just a sample of what’s available:

Photography books are located on the 4th floor of the Library. Borrow books at the 1st floor Desk. You can borrow books for a month and renew them up to 4 times. All you need is your Columbia ID!

Monthly Open Mic Night

Audience at a comdey open mic night

The Columbia College Chicago Comedy Club (5C) continues to host its monthly open mic night on the first Wednesday of every month.

The next show will be on April 5th, 2017 in the 3 North Reading Room.

Students interested in participating are welcome to sign up for a five-minute slot beginning at 6 pm on Wednesday night, with the show beginning at 6:30 pm. Follow in the footsteps of Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live, class of 2009) and tell us your best jokes!

Audience members are welcome to bring homework and snacks, as the room is open to students throughout the show.

flyer for comedy open mics

Mark Your Calendar: March Events at the Library


5C Open Mic

March 1, 6:30-9pm

Come to 5C’s second comedy open mic of the semester!!! Hosted by the hilarious Allen Lucas. Open to any and all Columbia College Chicago students. 


Library Zine Night

March 6, 6-10pm

Join us for our March Zine Night, a chance for you to work alone or collaboratively on zines, comics, artist books or other paper projects in the library.


Works in Progress

March 8, 6-9pm

Join Common Ground at the library for this body love event! Present any unfinished pieces or performances you’re working on and wear whatever clothes you feel comfortable and confident.


Silent Library

March 9, 12-2pm

Do you remember MTV’s Silent Library? Form a team and join Start Up Weekend – Chicago Creative Enterprise Edition to play a few rounds. Sign up by messaging Start Up Weekend on Facebook.


Buffy Trivia Night

March 10, 5-7pm

On March 10, 1997, pretty much the best television show ever premiered. Come celebrate and try your hand at some Buffy the Vampire Slayer trivia! We’ll have snacks and prizes, of course.


Public Domainia Film Series

March 15, 6-8pm

Double feature: Spider Baby & The Wasp Queen
Focus Week | HOAX! Conspiracies, Illusions & Creative Hijinks

March 27-30

Check the Aesthetics of Research Facebook Page for details.


‘Carnage,’ the Feds and A Presidential Agenda for Chicago

March 30, 5:45pm

A discussion about gun violence in Chicago and the Trump Administration’s response sponsored by Columbia Journalism Review and the Chicago Reporter, with the Columbia College Chicago Library.


Back in the Stacks: Alumni Comedy Showcase

March 31, 7-9pm