Columbia College Chicago

Library and Archives

The Library and Archives of the Center for Black Music Research is a comprehensive research collection covering all idioms in black music of the United States and the African diaspora. Collections include books, periodicals, sound recordings in several formats, printed music, photographs and videotapes, manuscripts and archival materials, and a comprehensive collection of theses and dissertations on black music.

Reference Services

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Visiting Us

618 South Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605

Reading Room hours

Fall 2015 Semester:
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – Friday, December 18, 2015
Monday–Friday, 10 am – 5 pm

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – Friday, September 4, 2015
Monday–Friday, 10 am – 4 pm
also 9 am – 10 am and 4 pm – 5 pm by appointment

For appointments, please contact us at or 312-369-7586.