John Speck Memorial Library

Visit and browse Our Library

The John Speck Memorial Library consists of one the nation's largest collections of mountaineering books, guides, pamphlets, and journals. It also contains materials related to the Club’s history, and serves as an archive for other Club records. The library's is located at First Ascent Climbing Gym, 701 Rohlwing Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.


The CMC Library Catalog is complete! Members and non-members alike can browse the collection online at:

CMC Library Tinycat Catalog

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the Library will be having its Grand Opening on the weekend of 7/20/2024. More details to follow, sign up for the CMC newsletter to receive all email updates!

Planned features for the library include:

  • A searchable online catalog 
  • Patron accounts for members [COMING SOON]
  • Once a month staffed open library days, for members to checkout books, and the public to explore what the library has to offer. [COMING SOON]


The CMC library is run by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the library, please contact the Librarian below. Library assistants can help run open library days, process returns, organize the collection, and improve the online catalog. 


For all inquiries, please contact the CMC Librarian.




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