Columbia College Chicago

Library and Archives

The Library and Archives of the Center for Black Music Research holds comprehensive research collections covering all genres and styles in black music of the United States and the African diaspora.

Collections include:

Explore black music using these resources, and much more. An electronic keyboard is available, and the CBMR reference librarians are here to help you–just ask. 

Students, visitors, and faculty come to the CBMR's Reading Room for:

Reference Services

STAR database

Coming soon...

A new and more complete collections database will appear for your perusal this Fall. We invite your feedback! Mail to:

In the meantime, please find books and theses, plus commercial recordings on CD in the library catalog. See other pages listed below for archival collections and sound recordings. Many more recordings, magazines, and other materials are available on site. For assistance, please contact the reference staff by phone at 312-369-7559 or through email at

Visiting Us

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

Reading Room hours

Fall 2016 Semester:
Monday–Thursday, 10am to 5pm and Friday from 10am to 1pm.

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

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