Extended Library Hours for Finals

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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

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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!

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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!

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

meditation room sign

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.