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!

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.

Did You Know? We Have A Meditation Room

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In partnership with Multicultural Affairs, the library has set aside one study room as a dedicated interfaith prayer and meditation room.

The meditation room is in a quiet corner on the 3rd Floor of the library, formerly study room 301C. The room is sparsely furnished but includes a couple chairs, “a shoe shelf, a kneeling bench, meditation pillows and prayer rugs fitted with compasses.”

According to Kimberly Weatherly, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, “We’re inclusive; it’s about making sure the needs of diverse students are met, and that includes faith.”

Learn more about the meditation room from the Columbia Chronicle: Inclusion is goal of new interfaith space.


Mark Your Calendar: April Events in the Library

Playing giant connect four in the library

Art Egg Hunt

For the next couple of weeks, stop by the library to participate in our annual A of R Art Egg Hunt (where we hide cool things up in the stacks and you get to find them.) The loot includes all sorts of art objects big and small created by students, faculty, staff, and community artists.


5C Open Mic! Again!

Wednesday, March 5th, 6:30-8pm

5C coming at ya with another open mic! Brush up on your jokes!!


Monopoly Mayhem

Friday, April 14th, 5-7pm

Play a round of the classic Monopoly board game on the 1st Floor of the library.



Monday, April 17th, 6-8pm

Join us for a DIY activity on the 1st Floor of the library.


Book Launch: Laurence Minsky and Colleen Fahey

Wednesday, April 19th, 5:45-7pm

Join us for the launch of Audio Branding by Columbia College Associate Professor Laurence Minsky.


ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Ceremony

Thursday, April 27th, 4:30-7:30pm

Help us celebrate our Association of College & Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. This open house will feature refreshments and activities on every floor of the library including comedy performances, music, photo booth, Artist in Residence, book reading, equipment demos, and displays.


You Can Have Anything, But Not Everything

Thursday, April 27th, 5-6pm

Ever wonder where your financial habits and feelings are rooted from? Join us for an active workshop that will help you dig deep into your decision making skills and connotations towards money. This program is sponsored by Columbia College Chicago Student Financial Services and is presented as part of Money Smart Week.

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.

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