Hope: A Little Goes a Long Way

suicide prevention ribbon

The Columbia College Library is partnering with Counseling Services and Health Education to help break through the stigmas related to suicide and seeking mental health services.

“Hope: A Little Goes a Long Way,” held on Friday, September 15, 1 – 4 p.m., in the Columbia Library, 624 S. Michigan, 3rd floor North, offers an interactive program designed to help develop intrapersonal connections and introduce students to life-skills training to help address mental health issues. The program uses the principles of dance/movement therapy, a body/mind approach to healthcare, to enhance the empathic capacity of the college community to better understand and support students in need. The program is also designed to help identify warning signs and risk factors for suicide.

In addition to “Hope: A Little Goes a Long Way,” the Columbia Library periodically hosts meditation workshops in the Library Meditation Room, and hosts De-Stress Fest each semester (December 4-7), including Therapy Dogs, to help create a safe and supportive environment for students.

For more information on “Hope Goes a Long Way,” or to make an appointment at the Counseling Center, call 312-369-8700.

Image from: IHS


5 Things Students Create In The Library Maker Lab

3d printed asl hand signs

Students 3D print and use the vinyl cutter in the library Maker Lab to create a variety of objects – academic and personal.  Here are five of our favorite maker lab uses:

Entrepreneurship team projects

Entrepreneurship teams are tasked with running their own venture project business throughout the semester, designing, marketing, financing, and working together to make their projected sales goals.

Teams have utilized 3D printing and 3D scanning to prototype product designs or build the final product. Past projects that utilized the Maker Lab included: Talk to the Hands, 3D printed keychains of ASL hand signs; Emerge, an all-in-one hand sanitizer and tissue dispenser; and Vantage Vinyl, a product that allows vinyl records to be hung up for display.

Custom gaming pieces

3D printing is a useful tool for printing custom gaming miniatures for Warhammer, D & D, and more. One student went so far as to design and print his own custom Settlers of Catan set with roads, settlements, and cities based upon twisted hexagons.

Digitally designed characters

Students enrolled in animation or design courses like 3D Digital Sculpting use design software, like Maya, to create and animate digital characters. These 3D designs can be exported for 3D printing. Characters that we’ve 3D printed include student renderings of Pi from The Life of Pi and Yennefer from Witcher.

Vinyl cut installations

Need lettering for your next gallery exhibit? Students use the Maker Lab’s vinyl cutter to cut adhesive vinyl for gallery lettering, logos, and other images for installation. Vinyl cutting is also great for making stickers!

Fix stuff

Did you break the bracket of your Beats Headphones? Don’t worry. We can repair it! Students have made small repairs by 3D printing everything from missing board game pieces to new iPhone cases.

Save Money! We Have Your Textbooks

book edges

Did you know that the library has textbooks*?

It’s true! We have at least one copy of each textbook sold in the bookstore that costs more than $40. The book is always kept in the library at the circulation desk on the first floor. You can come in to use the book, take notes, make copies, or scan pages anytime during library hours. You just can’t take it home with you.

Did you know that it is also possible for us to get books you need that the library does not own?

One way is for you to request that the library buy a copy using our Suggest a Purchase form. The other way is to request the book from another library using I-Share or Interlibrary Loan.

These services are available to all Columbia College Chicago students, faculty, and staff.


Photo by Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash

Mark Your Calendar: September Events in the Library


Fresh Meet: New Student Mixer

Friday, September 1st, 4-7pm

The Library invites you to meet students outside your major, enjoy fresh food from Peach and Green, watch live music, and enter to win a computer from Dell. It’s all happening right after Convocation. Join us!

Paint Party

Tuesday, September 5th, 6-8pm

Grab a brush and make a friend! The Library will be hosting a “paint party” where students are encouraged to draw, paint, or simply hang out and enjoy music, snacks, and art-making.

5C Comedy Open Mic

Wednesday, September 6th, 6-8pm

Have jokes? Need an audience? Come on down to the Library’s 5C Comedy Open Mic night! Sign up at 6pm for a five-minute slot. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Old School Board Game Night

Friday, September 8th, 5-7pm

Kick off the semester with some of your old favorites, including Trivial Pursuit, Candyland, Scattergories, Uno, Scrabble, Checkers, and more.

Library Zine Night

Monday, September 11th, 6-10pm

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

Hope: A Little Goes a Long Way

Friday, September 15th, 1-4pm

How do we break through the stigmas related to suicide and seeking mental health services? Join Counseling Services and Health Education for an interactive program geared towards moving past the stigma and learning key elements in suicide prevention.

Rock the Vote

Tuesday, September 19th, 12-4pm

Celebrate Constitution Day by registering to vote! The Library will provide free pocket Constitutions (in both Spanish and English) as well as free voter registration forms!

How-to-Tuesday: Black Light Paintings

Tuesday, September 19th, 6-8pm

Come live all your black velvet dreams.  We’ll demo and experiment with basic screen printing and some freehand techniques using neon and glow-in-the dark inks and paints.

Tattoo: Ink, Art, and Object

Monday, September 25th, 6-8pm

Join us for an evening of tattoo-inspred poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Bad Books Reception

Tuesday, September 26th, 4-6pm

Tattoo: Ink, Art, and Object Artist Panel

Tuesday, September 26th, 6-8pm

Join us for an evening conversation with our Tattoo: Ink, Art and Object artists. The exhibition is part of our fall focus week devoted to all things tattoo, an exploration of everything from low brow to high, from flash to fine art, and everything in between.

Budgeting 101

Wednesday, September 27th, 2:30-3:30pm

Have you ever been in a situation where an opportunity arose, such as a trip or a concert, but then you couldn’t go because you didn’t have the money? Or, have you ever wondered where all of your money goes? Join us for this workshop to learn how to consciously spend your money and still have fun.

Creating Writing Reading Series: Mary Gaitskill and T. J. Jarrett

Wednesday, September 27th, 5:30-7:30pm

Columbia College Chicago presents the Fall 2017 Creative Writing Reading Series. This reading opens with a student reader and closes with a Q&A session with the audience. Selected titles will be available for sale.

Tattoo: Ink, Art, and Object Workshop

Wednesday, September 27th, 6-8pm

Join us for our tattoo flash inking workshop, employing a variety of techniques including watercolor, pencil, marker, and more. Make stickers, temporary tattoos, buttons, and more.

7 Tips for New and Returning Students

students in the library classroom

Your campus card is your library card! Use your Columbia ID to enter the library, check out books, movies, scores, and CDs, and use online databases, ebooks, films, and articles.

Turn your digital designs into tangible objects. The library’s Maker Lab has 3D printers and a vinyl cutter and is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Appointments are required, please request at least 1-2 days in advance.

Save money. We have your textbooks! The library has copies of any required textbook that cost more than $40. Ask for your textbook at the desk on the 1st Floor of the library.

Ask a Librarian. Need help finding a book, film, or article? Our friendly librarians are expert researchers! Ask us for help if you get stuck on an academic or creative project. You can chat with us, email us, call us, text us, tweet usschedule a research consultation, or stop by the Ask Desk on the 2nd Floor to discuss your questions in-person!

Borrow equipment instead of buying it. We have GoPros, DSLR cameras, camcorders, digital audio recorders, projectors, phone chargers, headphones, laptops, therapy lights, two-way radios, USB microphones, portable magnifiers, DSLR lenses, SD cards, button makers, and lightboxes. Equipment check out is first-come, first-serve. Loan times vary.

Schedule small group and student organization meetings in the library. We have a variety of rooms that can be reserved in advance including study rooms, meeting rooms, and event spaces. Library spaces can be reserved through the college’s space reservation system, EMS.

We have the longest hours of any space on campus. This includes being open until 10pm, Monday through Thursday, and we are open all weekend. Visit us any of these hours!


Your Campus Card = Your Library Card

Campus card

Welcome, incoming First-Year students and new Transfer students! One of the highlights of Orientation is picking up your shiny new Columbia College ID card.

Not only will you be able to add “Columbia Cash” to your card to make purchases in the Bookstore or pay for printing in the Library and other Campus labs, your Columbia College Chicago ID (aka your “Campus Card”) is also your Columbia College Chicago Library card!

Your Campus Card is all you need to check out books, movies, and CDs and access a variety of online databases – including articles and streaming movies – available to you through the Columbia College Chicago Library. Review all your borrowing privileges: https://library.colum.edu/services/borrowing-privileges.html

In addition to checking out books from your Columbia College Chicago Library, you can also use your Campus Card to request books from other libraries located all over Illinois. Here’s a quick explanation of how to do this: https://library.colum.edu/services/interlibrary-loan.

For more information about how your Campus Card works: http://students.colum.edu/handbook/basics/campus-card-and-columbia-cash.php