Library Mission

The mission of the Columbia College Chicago Library is to support Columbia College Chicago and its academic programs by providing access to information resources and teaching students to evaluate and use them. Our Library has a teaching mission, and is committed to preparing our users to be lifelong learners in an information rich society. It 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 continuing education, research, and creative practice.

Collection Overview

The Library supports the educational needs of all academic departments at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We house one of the largest collections of art materials in the Chicago area including strong collections ranging from art, photography, communications, journalism, and film/video to resources in arts management and marketing. 

Our collections include a general circulating collection, periodicals, audio-visual, film and television scripts, music scores, a teaching materials collection, and the College Archives & Special Collections.

The Collection in Numbers

  • Books: 207,635
  • Serials: 274

  • E-Books: 131,083
  • E-journals: 1,393,290
  • Research databases: 138

  • Film and music titles: 45,380
  • Streaming media: 1,225,805


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