Columbia College Library

The Columbia College Library is located at 624 S. Michigan Ave. and is a gathering place for intellectual and artistic freedom and expression, where we consistently surprise and delight our community with a fierce dedication to coloring outside of the lines in support of lifelong learning. Please enjoy this Library-related goodness:

Word of the day: pooh-bah



Today in History

1975: Outside a suburban Detroit restaurant, former Teamsters union President Jimmy Hoffa was seen in public for the last time. His body was never found.

Recommended E-Read: Teamsters Union

For other great reads, explore Columbia’s Electronic Encyclopedia!

(source: Redeye Chicago)
(photo source: Daily Mail)

Sending people off to go find things in the stacks…


Today in History:

Today in History: Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France. (source: Redeye Chicago)

Recommended reading:

Van Gogh : the life / Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.

Picture source: Norton Simon Museum

Word of the day: girl’s mercury



Word of the day: Freudensprung (German)


n. Joyful leap.


Image: Jumping for joy by Cat. CC-BY-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Word of the day: yada yada



Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay. In the modern state there are very few sites where this is possible. The only others that come readily to my mind require belief in an omnipotent creator as a condition for membership. It would seem the most obvious thing in the world to say that the reason why the market is not an efficient solution to libraries is because the market has no use for a library. But it seems we need, right now, to keep re-stating the obvious. There aren’t many institutions left that fit so precisely Keynes’ definition of things that no one else but the state is willing to take on. Nor can the experience of library life be recreated online. It’s not just a matter of free books. A library is a different kind of social reality (of the three dimensional kind), which by its very existence teaches a system of values beyond the fiscal.