Welcome to the CCICS Library


The CCICS Library facility is closed until further notice. NEIU librarians and staff are available to help with research and other library services via live chat seven days a week from 9am to 9pm. Check back here for updates on hours, and visit our library website or the Urban Community Studies Research Guide for research help and access to online materials.

Grab & Go Service

NEIU students, faculty, and staff are able to request physical materials from NEIU and CCICS Libraries and through limited I-Share and other interlibrary loan partners. Items can be picked up in the CCICS lobby on Monday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Thursday 2-4 p.m. For information on requesting materials from the Library, please see our Grab & Go pickup process.

About Us

The Ronald Williams Library at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies is located on the 6th and 7th floors of the CCICS Campus at 700 East Oakwood Boulevard in Chicago. The branch includes significant holdings in the social sciences and the humanities, particularly as they document, relate, and present the African and African-American experience. Collections include circulating items, selected monographs on reserve, reference and periodical literature.

Our holdings are cited within the Northeastern Illinois University Catalog as well as the Illinois I-Share Catalog and the OCLC World Catalog known as World Cat. We also provide full access to the online database collections as subscribed to and selected by our professional staff of librarians.

Our Services

  • Full-service reference and circulation services
  • Interlibrary loan pick-up/drop off
  • Subject librarian and library instruction
  • Individual research consultations
  • Learning Success Center tutors
  • Textbook Collection and Reserves
  • Popular Reading Collection
  • Computers
  • Printer/copier
  • Private study rooms
  • Group study space

Services are currently limited due to Illinois COVID-19 regulations.

Have a question or want more info? Ask a Librarian or check out the CCICS Research Guide.


Due to the current pandemic, we do not have any upcoming events. Please check back during the Spring 2021 semester.