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:

Although many librarians may be understandably new to the topic of online surveillance, information professionals are not new to defending intellectual freedom and the right to read and voice dissenting opinions, as well as the rights of historically marginalized people who continue to be under the most surveillance.

Librarians are known for refusing requests from local law enforcement soliciting details on user browsing and borrowing records. The ALA has counted privacy among its core values since 1939, recognizing it as essential to free speech and intellectual freedom. And the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is a signatory on the Thirteen International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance. As Kade Crockford puts it, “Perhaps more than anyone in our society, librarians represent the values that make a democracy strong, intellectual freedom foremost among them.”

Happy Constitution Day!

If you would like to register to vote, receive a free constitution or simply get more information, stop by the Library circulation desk today, SEPTEMBER 19th!

Today in 1994

Heather Whitestone of Alabama, was crowned Miss America, the first deaf contestant to win the title.

Recommended Reading: "There she is, Miss America" : the politics of sex, beauty, and race in America’s most famous pageant / edited by Elwood Watson and Darcy Martin.


Stop by the corner of Harrison and N Michigan for a cup of FREE Peet’s


Thanks Peets!

(7-12 today and tomorrow)

Today in 1962

The Beatles recorded their first single at Abbey Road Studios in London

Recommended Reading: The Beatles : the illustrated biography

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We are now in the “Drop Only” period until Monday Sept. 15 at 11:59pm. Read this if you are considering dropping a class. You can also have a chat with an advisor. We are taking walk-ins all week!

Today in 1966

The Science-Fiction TV series “Star Trek’ premiered on NBC

Recommended reading: Star Trek; the Original Series

Why buy what you can borrow?

Course textbooks, including required reading titles, that cost $40.00 or more are automatically purchased and placed on reserve in the Library. These reserves are for in-library use only, however we do offer high-speed book scanners so students can email themselves the required reading.