Libraries

Libraries

The Columbia University Libraries constitute one of the nation's five largest academic library systems, with more than 10 million books and journals, plus archives, manuscripts, serials, microforms, films and more. There are 25 libraries at Columbia, each supporting an academic or professional discipline.

Tap into the expertise of Columbia’s librarians—stop by a Columbia library, IM us, send us an e-mail or schedule a research consultation - just Ask Us.


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

  • The Libraries website connects students to library services, subject-specialist librarians, collections, and research help.
  • Ethernet and wireless connections are available in all of the Libraries on campus.
  • During the academic year, most libraries are open seven days a week, with 24-hour study space available in Butler’s Milstein reading rooms. Check the website for specific hours of operation.
  • View checked out items and renew online using My Library Account.
  • CLIO is the online catalog that allows students to search for books, e-books, journals, newspapers, online resources, government documents, microforms, sound or video recordings, archival collections, and more. Check CLIO Help for search tips. Materials not available on campus may be ordered via Interlibrary Loan or BorrowDirect.
  • 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.
  • 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?”
  • CU-networked printers and self-service photocopiers are located in each of the Libraries; scanning stations are available in the Electronic Text Service (located in Butler), Avery Library, and Lehman Library; color photocopiers can be found in the Avery and Business libraries; color printing is available in 251 Mudd.
  • Citation Finder provides a quick and easy way to see if a specific article is available through the library in print or online.
  • Students may recommend a title for purchase if there is book, journal, DVD, etc. that the Libraries don't own and that they need for their research.
  • Connect to Course Reserves through CLIO or CourseWorks.
  • Looking for somewhere new to study? Need late hours, space for a group, or something near a window? The Libraries offer a variety of environments to meet students' needs. Check the study spaces webpage for a list of great locations.
  • Free workshops are offered on EndNote, Photoshop, Excel, database research, and much more.
  • Find specialized services that provide support for using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), film collections, multimedia resources, and analyzing data.
  • For general research help, students may message a librarian and chat with any of a number of staff from libraries across campus.