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


What will you make?

3d printer, vinyl cutter, 3d pen

Did you know the library has a Maker Lab with 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, 3D scanner, and 3D pen?

The Maker Lab is located on the 2nd floor of the library, 624 S. Michigan.

All Maker Lab services are available by appointment to Columbia College students, faculty, and staff. To make an appointment visit: http://library.colum.edu/services/maker-lab.html. Please allow at least 24-48 hours to process appointment requests.

We have two 3D printers – an Ultimaker 2+ and an Ultimaker 2Go.

  • Material for 3D printing is provided by the library for free.
  • Those using the 3D printer will need to monitor the print for its entire duration.
  • 3D printing may be limited to 4 hours per print session during peak usage periods.
  • Library staff will provide 3D printing instruction to new users.

We have one Silhouette Cameo 2 vinyl cutter.

  • Adhesive vinyl (in 12″x12″ sheets) and basic cardstock are provided. Other materials including rolls of Adhesive vinyl or materials in specific colors will need to be provided by users.
  • Library staff will assist with set up of cutting.

We have one Structure Sensor with iPad Air for 3D scanning.

  • 3D scanning is to be done in the Library.
  • 3D scanning works best on objects the size of a medium-sized stuffed animal up to a human bust. Smaller items will lack detail and larger objects may be difficult to capture in their entirety.
  • Library staff will provide 3D scanning instruction.

We also have one 3Doodler, 3D pen.

  • Library staff will provide instruction on using the 3D pen.
  • Materials for 3D doodling are provided free of charge.

Contact Amy Killebrew with additional questions.

Mark Your Calendar: January and February Events at the Library

students signing in for an event

Lights, Camera, Action, Make!

January 25, 12-1pm

Visit the Library and let us introduce you to the wide variety of resources available to enhance your creativity. This is a hands-on opportunity for you to become familiar with the many tools you have access to as a student of Columbia College Chicago!


Old School Game Night

January 27, 5-7pm

Celebrate the beginning of the spring semester with a chance to play some of your old favorites, including Trivial Pursuit, Candyland, Scattergories, Uno, Smart Ass, Scrabble and more.


Library Zine Night

February 6, 6-10pm

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


Salon Series

February 15, 6-8pm

Join us for our February Salon series featuring Lettered Streets Press authors Alexis Pope and Olivia Cronk.


Signature Showcase: Shawn Shifflet

February 16, 5-7pm

Join the Columbia College Chicago Friends of the Library as we present the Winter 2017 Signature Showcase featuring noted author and Creative Writing associate professor Shawn Shiflett. He will read from and discuss his latest novel Hey, Liberal! published by Chicago Review Press in September 2016.

Mark Your Calendar: December Events at the Library

Therapy Dogs with Canine Therapy Corps

Welcome to Chameleon Street

December 2nd, 6-8pm

This event created by a Columbia entrepreneurship class features EDM and Hip-hop music along with the installation of art pieces from Columbia Talents.


De-Stress Fest: Cocoa and Crafts

December 5th, 1-2pm

Stop by the Library’s third floor to enjoy free hot cocoa, and make paper and vinyl snowflakes to hang in our windows. Supplies will be provided, come make some winter magic!


Library Zine Night

December 5th, 6-10pm

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


De-Stress Fest: Therapy Dogs

December 6th, 2-4pm

Our little four-legged friends are back once again!
Meet the dogs of the Canine Therapy Corps as they visit the Library to make you laugh and help you de-stress from finals.


De-Stress Fest: Movie Night

December 7th, 7-9pm

Stop by the Library’s third floor for a night of comedic delight with the 1960s classic Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman. And free popcorn!


De-Stress Fest: Ladies Comedy Open Mic

December 8th, 7-8pm

Relieve yourself of pre-final jitters by coming to the Ladies Night Open Mic in the Library! Want to participate in the fun and make the audience laugh out loud? Sign up at 6:30 p.m. for a five-minute slot and show your stuff!


Game of Thrones Trivia Night

December 9th, 5-7pm

Join the Columbia College Library Gaming Society for a Game of Thrones-themed Trivia Night.