B I K E !


Now that summer has arrived, you may have time for some much-needed recreation. Or you may need a cheap and green way to get to your classes or summer job.

The perfect solution?  Cycling!  Here are some quick helpful sites for information about biking in Chicago.

Top 10 Rides in the World (includes Chicago!) from DIVA Magazine

City of Chicago bike map

Bikes and Transit in Chicago

Bike Share in Chicago: Divvy

Choosing a Bicycle

All About Helmets

And if you want to get involved on yet another level, check out RIDE ILLINOIS, a nonprofit organization working for bike friendly roads, favorable legislation, and education on sharing roads safely.

Have fun, wear your helmet, and may you always have a tail wind!


Image: “The 1960s-1967 fashion for bike riders” by Mo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Extended Library Hours for Finals

woman walking past a clock

The library is extending hours next week for finals. The hours are:

  • Monday, May 8th, 7:30am-11pm
  • Tuesday, May 9th, 7:30am-11pm
  • Wednesday, May 10th, 7:30am-11pm
  • Thursday, May 11th, 7:30am-11pm
  • Friday, May 12th, 7:30am-8pm
  • Saturday, May 13th, 9am-5pm

For the most up-to-date library hours, please visit: https://library.colum.edu/hours.html.


Image: “time” by stefanos papachristou is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Mark Your Calendar: May Events at the Library

students with therapy dog

De-stress Fest: Let’s Get Physical

Monday, May 1st, 7-8pm

Come break a sweat with the library’s 80’s themed dance party! Neon is definitely encouraged.


De-stress Fest: Therapy Dogs!

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2-4pm

Relax in one of the best ways we know: with dogs! Get your pats and belly rubs in with the Canine Therapy Corps.


How-To Tuesday: Street Art | Fresh Forms

Tuesday, May 2nd, 6-8pm

Want to liven up your wheatpaste, stickers, and stencils? Share your expertise and talk techniques. Come try out some alternative materials and methods: tar tiles, glass beads, 3D castings, window screen, and more…


De-stress Fest: Comedy Open Mic

Wednesday, May 3rd, 6:30-8pm

5C: Columbia College Chicago Comedy Club and the Pring 2017 De-stress Fest are teaming up to present a rapid fire open mic. Sign up for a 5-minute slot and tell the stage who’s boss.


De-stress Fest: Relaxation Station

Thursday, May 4th, 12-4pm

Enjoy games, coloring and other relaxing activities to take your mind off of studying and focus in on something new.


Horror Prom Murder Mystery

Friday, May 5th, 5-7pm

Dust off your best 80’s formal wear and join us for a dance party and ghoulish murder mystery game in the library.



Friday, May 12th

The Library will host a variety of activities and exhibits during Manifest. Stop by for:

Exhibitions in the Library, 8am-8pm

Aesthetics of Research Manifest Shenanigans, 8am-8pm

Hack Your T-Shirt, 12-6pm

Made in the Library, 2-5pm

It’s a Party!

Join Us (text image)


We are having a party!


We are the proud recipients of the 2017 Association of College and Research Library Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the college category.

When and Where

This Thursday, April 27th from 4:30-7:30pm in the library at 624 S. Michigan Ave.


We are celebrating with a showcase of activities including book readings, stand-up comedy, exhibits, music, demos, and more! There will be food, drinks, and entertainment on every floor of the library plus CBMR (Center for Black Music Research).


You! All Columbia College students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join us.

April 26th is World IP Day

banner for world intellectual property day

Are you an innovator?   Do you have an idea for a new invention or service?   Join us for World Intellectual Property Day on Wednesday, April 26 from 5-7pm in Film Row Cinema, 1104 South Wabash, 8th floor.   Hear successful innovators discuss the innovation process.  Then a panel of legal experts will explain how to protect your ideas.  A pizza party will round out the evening.  The event is free but please register on Handshake.  See you there!

Graduating? Congratulations! Come Back and Use the Library Anytime: Alumni Library Benefits

alum using a computer in the library

Woohoo!  You’ve done it. Completed your degree.  Did you know that as a Columbia College Chicago alum you can continue to use the Library? And we’d love to see you.

Sign up for a Columbia College Chicago Alumni Card and you can borrow books, DVD’s, CD’s and scores; use electronic databases, journals and e-books at the library; attend library events; get reference help  and use the library’s reading rooms, computers, and media equipment.  There’s no charge for the card.

With a valid alumni card you can

  • Visit the library
  • Borrow up to 75 books for 16 weeks + 4 renewals
  • Borrow up to 3 movies for 3 days
  • Borrow up to 10 CD’s for 7 days + 4 renewals
  • Borrow music scores for 7 days + 4 renewals.
  • Use electronic library resources on campus. (Electronic resources are not available to alumni off-campus.)
  • Print color or black and white copies on the first floor near the circulation desk by purchasing a Go-Print Cash Card ($.50 purchase fee).

Graduation is a busy time, but it will just take a few minutes to bookmark the Library web site; sign up online for an alumni card; and check out all the services and benefits available to you through the Columbia College Chicago Alumni Association and Network.

Come back and visit us soon!

P.S.  And please think about joining the Friends of the Library.  A contribution at any level will directly support services for current students and alumni.

On Exhibit at the Field Museum: Tattoo

sun tattoo

Tattoos are everywhere.  Where did they start?  What do they mean?

Learn about the ancient art of tattooing at Chicago’s Field Museum.  The popular exhibit TATTOO has been extended until September 4, 2017.

Take your student ID!   Ticket options start at $26 for students, and vary in level and price.   Chicago residents can save up to $5 on the price of their ticket.

Can’t make it to the exhibit or want to explore more about tattoos and tattooing? Check out one of our books on the subject. We have over 250!


Image: Simplicity V with her Tattoo by e.Pi Long is licensed under CC BY SA.