Libraries

Libraries

The Columbia University Libraries constitute one of the five largest academic library systems in North America, with more than 12 million volumes, more than 160,000 current journals and serials, and an extensive collection of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audiovisual materials. There are 21 libraries at Columbia, each supporting an academic or professional discipline.


Here are ten quick tips from the Libraries staff to help students get the most out of the Libraries:

  1. The Libraries website, connects you to the Libraries’ search and discovery system, services and resources, digital collections, research assistance, and subject specialist librarians. You can also connect to your Course Reserves, register for a free workshop, or access research guides by subject areas.
     
  2. Ethernet and wireless connections are available in all of the Libraries on campus.
     
  3. During the academic year, most libraries are open seven days a week, with 24-hour study space available in Butler Library. The Study Spaces Open Now page has an up-to-the-minute listing of study spaces currently available and how long they will stay open that day.
     
  4. Working on a paper, research project, or thesis? Schedule a research consultation with a subject-specialist librarian to get subject-specific assistance for finding and using the best information resources.
     
  5. Try the Libraries FAQ to answer quick questions about using the libraries, like “How do I get a book from Offsite?” or “Where can I find a photocopier?”
     
  6. Recommend a title for purchase: let us know anytime you see that the Libraries doesn’t own a book, journal, DVD, etc. that you need for your research.
     
  7. CU-networked printers and self-service photocopiers are located in each of the Libraries; scanning stations are available in the Avery Library, the Burke Library, the Digital Humanities Center in Butler Library, the Digital Science Center in the Science and Engineering Library, and the Digital Social Science Center in Lehman Library; color printing is available in 251 Mudd.
     
  8. Need something we don't have? Interlibrary Loan and BorrowDirect will get library materials to you if they are not available on campus.
     
  9. The Libraries’ online search and discovery system allows you to search broadly across multiple sources (databases, e-journals, e-books, articles, Academic Commons, and much more) , and then refine quickly on the results page.  For tips on getting the most out of your libraries online, visit library.columbia.edu/tips.
     
  10. Ask a Librarian for assistance anytime via text, call, in-person visit, email, or chat—we’re here to support your research and teaching needs.