Columbia College Chicago

Friends of the Library

A library can be a sanctuary of intellect and imagination, where one is empowered, enlightened, and illuminated. At Columbia College Chicago, we invite you to our Library to explore a new world of knowledge and information.

Our collection includes print, digital, audiovisual, and electronic resources focusing on visual and performing arts, media, and communications; a one-of-a-kind collection of art and photography books; and dozens of special collections such as film scripts, artist's books, and music scores. But there is so much more room for growth.


The mission of our new Columbia College Chicago Friends of the Library program, founded in 2005, is to build and enhance important library collections, and in doing so, support the academic, cultural, and intellectual needs of those who have chosen our student-centered institution. Everyone can be a friend.

The purpose of the Friends of the Library is to gather, engage, and maintain a robust association of individuals interested in strengthening the collections of the Columbia College Chicago Library through financial and in-kind donations.


Who are the Friends of the Library?

Friends of the Library at Columbia College Chicago is composed of an exceptional group of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community leaders who recognize that at the heart of our great academic institution is its Library. Friends are individuals who wish to play an active and personal role in contributing to the Library's growth. And Friends are those who want to enjoy the satisfaction that comes from starting a new tradition of Library support.

Friends of the Library Member Benefits

Borrowing privileges (at the Sustaining Friend level and above)
Invitations to quarterly Art of the Library opening receptions and other Library events

Donor Categories

Friend Level I      $50
(Students / Columbia College Chicago Library Staff:  $10)

Friend Level II     $100
Members at Friends Level II and above receive borrowing privileges at Columbia College Chicago Library

Friend Level III    $1,000+
(members at this level are also members of the President's Club; membership in the President's Club is available to Columbia staff at $500)

Library General Fund
(to be used toward equipment or other needs of the Library) 

What Your Gift Supports

It is clear that the Friends of the Library will play a vital role in defining the future of the Columbia College Chicago Library. Your gift will allow us to continue to purchase much-needed resources to support our growing curriculum, to build upon one of the largest arts collections in the state, and to establish the Library as a major repository of popular culture materials.

We need your support as we respond to the needs of more than 11,000 students, faculty and alumni and the many others who view our library as an important resource. Help us make a difference. Become a Friend today.

Make a Gift.