Category Archives: Columbia University Libraries

Welcome new and returning students!

Contact a librarian for research help:

  • In person: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – ask for help at the service desk
  • Phone: Call us at 212-854-7804
  • Email [same day response on weekdays]
  • Consultations: email to set up an appointment
  • IM a research librarian for help with your research.

Search library resources:

  • Consult our research guides
  • List of business and economics databases
  • Use CLIO, the Libraries catalog to search for books, journals, ebooks, ejournals, articles and more!  Watch this short video to make the most out of CLIO!

Use the Columbia Libraries:

  • Hours
  • Reserve a study room in Watson [Business school students only]
  • Reserve a study room in Butler, Lehman or the Science and Engineering Library
  • Find a study space
  • Course reserves information
  • Printing in the Watson Library
  • Information about access to the libraries, loan periods, fines, etc.

University closings on Friday, January 3

Due to inclement weather the Columbia Libraries will be closed on Friday, January 3.

Please consult the University’s winter storm website for more details about closings across campus.

Many libraries are already scheduled to be closed over the weekend as part of shortened hours during intersession.

Please consult the hours page for more information.

Changes to the Libraries’ website and CLIO!

On Monday, June 3, the Libraries’ will be launching a new version of CLIO and the Libraries website.

The new version of CLIO – CLIOBeta - is now available for use via the Libraries homepage,   CLIObeta has greater flexibility in subject searching, as elements of the record can be searched and combined in a variety of ways.

For a preview of the Libraries’ new site, see

This is a crucial time for your feedback as we progress through the various stages of our assessment and redesign process. Please let us know what you think of these changes!

Congratulations graduates!

Your access to the Columbia libraries continues after you graduate!

Access to our licensed electronic databases continues for a period of three months beyond the degree conferral date. After this period the Libraries provide alumni with remote access to a small set of databases.  See the Libraries’ Alumni and Friends website for a list.

Recent alumni may use libraries spaces for a period of thirty days after the date of graduation using their student ID cards. After thirty days, alumni must obtain an alumni card in the Library Information Office in Room 201 of Butler Library.

For more information on alumni privileges, see:
Access to Columbia’s Libraries for Alumni


Faculty document delivery service is now available!

Full-time faculty from the Columbia Morningside campus, Barnard, and Union Theological Seminary now can request electronic delivery of journal articles and book chapters from the general print collections on Morningside campus.

See the Libraries’ website for more information!

Mobile resources available from the Libraries!

CLIO and many databases can be used via your mobile device!  Check out the Libraries’ website for more information!

Useful resources include:

  • CLIO Mobile
    Access Columbia University Library’s catalog from your mobile device.
  • EBSCO iphone/android apps
    The iphone and android apps provide access to all 90 databases on the Ebsco platform.  Two relevant business and economics databases from EBSCO are Business Source Complete and EconLit with Full Text.
    With more than a thousand academic journals and over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources, JSTOR is one of the world’s most trusted sources for academic content.

MBA orientation: Resources for Parker Petroleum case study

cbs_center_financial_mWelcome MBA students!

See below for a list of useful databases that will aid you with the assignment for the case “Parker Petroleum in Jumandia”:

For competitors:

S&P Net Advantage
Thomson ONE

For issues in the industry highlighted by corporate social responsibility analysts:

ABI/Inform Global

Business Source Complete

For more information consult the handout from the library orientation session.