We love the view from the Library-Copter,
but we need your help to land!

Dear Friends,

We've recently faced a series of complications at our current space, including February's blizzard blowing open one of our windows and burying a portion of our collection in a snow bank.
We were extremely fortunate that volunteers were able to preserve all but a handful of the snowed-in publications and that the most seriously damaged ones could be replaced.

But the bulk of our collection is not replaceable and
rather than put it at more risk, Chicago Underground Library has made the difficult decision to go mobile while we look for a new home. Have an idea of where that might be? Email Executive Director Nell Taylor at nell@underground-library.org. Want to help us get there? Please donate to help keep the whole collection accessible to the public.

Though the past couple of months have been tough, we're not going underground. We have the beginnings of a new catalog and website and our freshly minted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. In the meantime, we're packing up the Library-Copter and heading out to Chicago's neighborhoods with small, temporary Pop Up Libraries (more info on those soon!). Our upcoming programs and even Tuesday cataloging will continue as planned. We appreciate everyone's support and patience during this transitional period and hope you'll visit us at the events below.

Thursday, March 24th SAIC Small Press and Comics Symposium! 4-8pm at SAIC's MaClean Ballroom, 112 S Michigan Ave. Come visit us at the meet-n-greet!

Saturday, March 26th Chicago Zine Fest! We're exhibiting 10am-5pm at Columbia's Luddington Building, 1104 S. Wabash. At 3pm: J Bee & Jami Sailor host Archiving The Underground: A Conversation on Zines in Academia in Workshop Room 1 with Dr. Mimi Thi Nguyen (Urbana-Champaign) and Nell Taylor (Chicago Underground Library).

Wednesday, March 30th Monthly community meeting! 6:30-9pm at Café Ballou, 939 N. Western, Chicago, 60622. Join CUL friends and volunteers for an informal discussion about our current projects and next steps. All are welcome!

Tuesday Worklucks and Cataloging Socials continue every Tuesday, 6-9pm at Alliance Bakery!

Join the volunteer discussion list
and find out about volunteer orientation and other events!

Thanks to
University of Illinois at Chicago University Library for hosting our new site as part of their Great Cities Initiative and to the City of Chicago's CAAP Program and an anonymous donor for their assistance with our 501(c)(3).

Underground Dinner Parties!
Ongoing, sign up for the announcement list!
Chicago Underground Library requests the pleasure of your company for our new series of Underground Dinner Parties in the lairs of librarians, the caves of catalogers, the homes of heroic reshelvers. The first dinner, An Appetizer, sold out but you can sign up to find out about the next top secret event!
Taking a cue from the underground supper club movement, CUL volunteers are opening up their homes, their hearts and their kitchens to bring you a delicious assortment of themed dinners with food, drink and handmade gifts.
All proceeds benefit Chicago Underground Library and if you're foodily-inclined, you can help us out by getting involved with planning!
Crystal invite by Lauren P. Smith


New blogs and podcast: Blog editors Meredith Carey, Thúy Ngo and castmaster Mike Birnbaum are looking for writers and photographers to add to our roster, and especially subjects to cover! As always, CUL's focus is on accessibility and inclusiveness, so we want to hear from you. Why let Wall Street have all the fun speculating on the future? Email editors@underground-library.org and tell us where culture-- print, digital, or physical-- goes from here.

Stay updated with the CUL volunteers by joining our discussion list. We'll always let you know when our monthly volunteer meetings are, but go here to find out about everything going on behind the scenes! Blog meetings, programming plans, cataloging nights, and even cool unrelated events and job postings from the CUL community. See you soon!

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Thanks for reading,
Chicago Underground Library
Chicago Underground Library