Columbia College Chicago

September 23, 2013

Celebrate Banned Books Week!

Sunday, September 22, 2013 marks the thirty-first anniversary of Banned Books Week!

Sponsored by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, and many other organizations, Banned Books Week  is an annual celebration of the freedom to read and of individual expression.  It is also an opportunity to bring attention to the challenges to and restriction attempts of materials in libraries and bookstores across the nation. 
Members of the book community, including librarians, teachers, booksellers, comic book artists and journalists come together each year to advocate against censorship and the free expression of ideas.

Check out the Banned Books Week You Tube channel and find out what authors such as Junot Diaz, Delia Ephron, Sherman Alexie, R.L. Stine and others have to say about book censorship.

You can get involved by participating in a new initiative through Twitter.  For the first time this year, Twitter parties will help promote the message of Banned Books Week.  Parties will be held from 11am to 1pm Central time on Monday, Sept. 23, and Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 1pm to 3pm  Central time.  Supporters are urged to tweet using the hashtag #bannedbooksweek.

More information about the Twitter parties and other ways to be involved in Banned Books Week is available on the Banned Books Week website,

September 16, 2013

Art in the Library Opening & Reception

Art in the Library Opening & Reception

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm
Columbia College Chicago Library
624 S. Michigan Ave.
3rd Floor North

Untitled photograph by Liz Shively, student

Join us - Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. for the Art in the Library Opening and Reception for the Spring 2013 Exhibition in 3rd floor north.

Presenting the work of Columbia College Chicago students, faculty, staff and alumni, the Art in the Library program exhibits works in all forms of visual arts, including sculpture, painting, drawings, and paper and book arts. Exhibitions by different artists are shown quarterly on a rotating basis.

"Pottery & Violence" photograph by Pilar Amado, student

For a preview of the show visit the Art in the Library website and view work from some of the artists featured in the show.

The Art in the Library Committee welcomes all Columbia College Chicago
artists to submit work for consideration.

Please visit the
Art in the Library website for more information including submission guidelines, artwork forms, and examples of current and former exhibits.

Light refreshments will be served.


September 12, 2013

Celebrate Constitution Day: Tuesday September 17th, 2013

Constitution Day is quickly approaching, but what exactly is it?  Constitution Day is a day commemorating the signing of the United States Constitution which occurred  on September 17, 1787.  Since 2004, Constitution Day has been recognized each September 17th as a national day of observance, one for American citizens to learn about the importance of the Constitution and know their rights.   Find out more about Constitution Day here:

Each year Columbia College Chicago observes Constitution Day, and this year we have exciting activities planned for the College community.  First, the Library will host voter sign-ups at two campus locations. Voter sign up forms, information and goodies will be available at each station, including FREE copies of the US Constitution in both English and Spanish.

Voter sign-up
Tuesday, September 17,  10am - 2pm
624 S. Michigan, Library, 1st Floor  AND 623 S. Wabash, Lobby

In October, we will continue our recognition of Constitution Day by screening the award-winning 2013 documentary, Gideon's Army, directed by Dawn Porter.   The documentary follows three young public defenders in the South, where sentencing is exceptionally steep and the prison population swollen. The film takes its name from Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark 1963 Supreme Court decision that guarantees the right of legal representation to all criminal defendants.     

Gideon’s Army screening and panel discussion
Thursday, October 24, 6pm
Film Row Cinema, 1104 South Wabash, 8th floor
This program is FREE and open to the public.

September 11, 2013

Printing in the Library

Key Things to Know:

  • Black and white printing costs 10 cents per page; color is 50 cents per page.*
  • Campus Cards (your Columbia ID) are required for all print jobs. For information about adding money to your Campus Card, please visit the Campus Card Office website:
  • Oasis course schedules and Library Catalog records are free to print, but you still need to swipe your Campus Card to release the print jobs.
  • Don’t have a Campus Card? Purchase a Go Print card with cash on the 1st Floor – also known as cash-to-card.  
  • Color printing must be directed to the Public Color Printer located on the 1st Floor; color printing is only available for those paying with the Campus Card (not the cash card).
  • In a hurry? There is a Quick Print station available on the 1st Floor for printing Microsoft Word documents only. 

How to print:

Send the print job as you normally would. Do not change the printer setting unless you want to print in color. Only if you are printing in color do you need to change the printer setting to the1st Floor Color printer.

Make a note of the number on the computer.

Go to the monitor next to the printer.

Select the bubble that corresponds to the computer on which you are working.

Then select the items you would like to print (note the color changes to green to indicate you’ve selected it).

Now, press continue and then swipe your campus card.

Locating your printer:

There are computers on every floor of the library and printers on the first three floors. It works like this:
  • 1st Floor computers send print jobs to the 1st Floor printer.
  •  2nd Floor computers send print jobs to both the 2nd floor printer and the 1st Floor printer.
  •  3rd Floor computers send print jobs to both the 3rd Floor printer and the 1st Floor printer. 
  •  4th Floor computers send print jobs to the 1st Floor printer. 
  •  5th Floor computers send print jobs to the 1st Floor printer.

EXCEPTION: If you are paying for printing with cash, you will pay and pick up your print job from the 1st Floor printer.  Remember, when paying with cash, the prints are only available in black and white.

Go Print cash-to-card instructions: 

Go Print cash-to-card machine

The Go Print cash-to-card machine only takes dollar bills (no coins). It costs $1 to purchase a new print card – 50 cents of that $1 is for the cost of the card and 50 cents can be used to pay for printing. Adding more money to the card can be done at any time at the Go Print cash-to-card machine.

Still confused? Ask library staff for help. We don’t mind, really!

*All fees are subject to change without notice.