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:

How to Fry a Banned Book:

Step One: Pick a banned book

Step Two: Butter and batter your book

Step Four: Deep fry!

Step Five: Add additional toppings and fry again!

Step six: Vacuum seal and enjoy!


Today in 1975

President Gerald Ford escaped as assassination attempt by Sara Jane Moore as he stepped out of a hotel in San Francisco. Pictured above: the reaction approximately one second after attempt (source)

Recommended Reading: Violence and Communication: public reaction to an attempted presidential assassination by C. David Mortensen

New Library Hours!



 Library Hours Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 will be:

  • Monday – Thursday (changing from 8am-10pm to) 7:30am-10pm
  • Friday (changing from 8am-8pm to) 7:30am-8pm
  • Saturday (staying at) 9am-5pm
  • Sunday (changing from 12pm-7pm to) 10am-6pm

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)