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Each year on September 17, educational institutions and organizations recognize Constitution Day. This year, the Library will host two screenings of What the Constitution Means to Me, originally a Broadway play that was brought to film by Amazon Studios. The play won an Obie for best American play and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, both in 2019.

Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human show, Heidi resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.

It will be shown both in-person on the 2nd Floor of the Library and virtually on Zoom (login is required for viewing) from 12-2pm and 4-6pm. For more information, go to: This is a Columbia Engage program and can fulfill your Engage Community category.



Fall Hours Begin Next Week!



The main library search which includes the library catalog and I-Share interlibrary loan will be offline from May 29th at 10pm until May 30th at 10pm for system maintenance.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

While the system is offline, you can continue to access all the library’s databases which can be found in our Databases A-Z list.

If you have any questions, please Ask a Librarian.

Timeline photos 02/19/2021

Urbana Free Library shared this post featuring former CCC faculty member, Prexy Nesbitt, speaking at at an anti-apartheid rally on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus in 1986. His personal archival collection is housed in the the College Archives.

For more information about this collection, go to:

Answer time! What was the name of the student anti-apartheid organization at the University of Illinois in the 1980s and 1990s?

The student anti-apartheid organization was called Divest Now Coalition. Pictured here is Prexy Nesbitt, well-known activist and educator, speaking at a rally on campus in 1986. For more information about Prexy's anti-apartheid work, check out his archival collection at Columbia College Chicago: For more information about our Divest Now materials, see our collection guide here:


The Library is now overdue fine free! In order to reduce barriers, eliminate hassle, and save students further expense, we are no longer charging overdue fines for late materials. As always, please renew or return your items promptly as a courtesy to other users. If items are excessively overdue or damaged, you may incur replacement charges after 30 days, which will be waived upon the return of the items.


We will be closed tomorrow, 11/26, through the weekend for the Thanksgiving holiday, with new hours starting next week and for the rest of the semester listed below. Have a happy and safe holiday!

for faculty 08/27/2020

Attention Columbia Faculty! We would love to involve you and your classes in our fall ARTIVISM 2020 programming--exhibits, discussions, special projects and more. Learn more here:

for faculty A RTIVISM 2020 explores the intersections of political action and creative work acros s genre. From written manifestos to street art, fro...


With the remainder of our spring Library Zine Nights canceled we are going virtual all during April!

Not just the first Monday of the month, but every Monday!
Not just our usual evening time slot, but all throughout the day!

We will be posting prompts and how-to videos! Samples and inspirations! Info on on other zinesters! All enjoyed from the comfort of your home!

We also invite you to share your own zines, past and work-in progress on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag Every Monday during April...




No due dates or fines will be enforced while in-person classes are suspended.

With the news today that Columbia College is closing campus buildings and transitioning to online courses for the rest of the semester, we are receiving a lot of questions about book due dates and fines. We will not enforce due dates or fines during this time. If you'd like to renew the books you have checked out, you can do so but it is not required:

For more information about ongoing library services and COVID-19 updates:


Submissions are open until February 21st for FUTURE TENSE: IMAGINED WORLDS FROM THE MARGINS. Work will be exhibited through May on the Library's 1st & 2nd Floors...

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