Welcome to the Libraries!

We all look forward to this time of year, when we welcome and introduce our university community to the extensive resources available in the Libraries. Here are some of our upcoming events and orientation sessions.

“Getting Your Bearings” for Graduate Students

The Libraries will be offering five “Getting Your Bearings” sessions to introduce graduate students to our collections, resources, and services.

The sessions begin with a 45 minute tour of key points and services in Butler Library, including an intro to our Rare Book & Manuscript library. The tours will begin in the lobby of Butler Library, just inside the main entrance.

The second half of the session, which will take place in Butler 306, will be devoted to an overview of the Libraries’ online information system and ways to get the most out of it, and would be of value to all graduate students.

If you don’t anticipate a great deal of book research in your work at Columbia, you may simply want to come directly to Butler 306 about 45 minutes after the beginning of the tour. (Note the alternate location for the Thursday afternoon session.)

Thursday, August 31 — 11:00-12:30
Thursday, August 31, 3:30 — 5:00 (NOTE: Part 2 meets in Butler Room 203)
Friday, September 1, 2:00 — 3:30
Tuesday, September 5, 11:00 — 12:30
Tuesday, September 5, 3:00 — 4:30

Welcome Week Table and Butler Library Tours

Please drop by our Welcome Week table in the lobby of Butler Library.
Tuesday, September 5- Friday, September 8, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Take a tour of Butler Library, led by our librarians. No reservation required; meet in the lobby of Butler Library.
Tuesday, September 5, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, September 6, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Friday, September 8, 11:00 am -12:00pm

We wish you a successful and enjoyable Fall Semester!

Borrow Direct Loan Period Expanded to 16 Weeks

From the Libraries Spotlight Blog:

We heard you!

The expanded 16-week loan period for materials requested via Borrow Direct begins July 1, 2017.

The new loan period will be 16 weeks – a full semester – with no renewals. This is a change from our current 6-week loan period plus one 6-week renewal.

Thank you for your feedback. You help to make a great service even greater.

Are there other ways for us to improve?  Please be in touch with your concerns, ideas, and questions.

Borrow Direct Staff

307 Butler Library

(212) 854-7535


Featured Resource: NAACP Papers

The NAACP Papers database (ProQuest) was added to Columbia’s resources in Fall 2016. It consists of six modules reproducing a wide range of primary source materials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“Nearly two million pages of internal memos, legal briefings and direct action
summaries—the most widely used collection in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress—are easily accessed and searched, helping researchers chart the
NAACP’s groundbreaking efforts. With a timeline that runs from 1909 to 1972, users can examine the realities of segregation in the early 20th century to the triumphs of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and beyond.” From ProQuest brochure NAACP Papers.

Recently Added Resources

The following online resources have become newly available to Columbia University researchers since September 12, 2016. We hope that you may find something of interest here.

Arcanum digitheca

Archives unbound has been enhanced by the addition of the following modules:

Church Missionary Society periodicals has been enhanced by the addition of Module 2: Publications of CMS medical mission auxiliaries.

Colonial America has been enhanced by the addition of Module 2: Towards Revolution.

Donetsk and Luhansk newspaper collection

Early European books: printed sources to 1700 has been enhanced by the addition of Collection 4.

Flavius Josephus online

Women’s Magazine Archive

Redbook, June 1973

The Women’s Magazine Archive  provides full-text access to popular women’s interest magazines.  Collection 1 has just been published and includes Better Homes and Gardens (1925-1978) , Good Housekeeping (1885-2005), Ladies Home Journal (1886-2005), Parents (1949-2005), Redbook (1903-2002), and the Canadian magazine Chatelaine (1928-2005).   These publications chronicle women’s roles and family life with articles on child rearing, home economics, health, careers, fashion,  current events, politics, and social conditions.  When it is published, Collection 2 will include Cosmpolitan, Essence, Seventeen, Town & Country, Women’s Day, and Women’s International Network News.



Traveling abroad? The Columbia Libraries are still available to you…

All members of the Columbia community with valid UNI/passwords who are traveling (or are simply off-campus) can still access library resources. We are pleased to share the Columbia Global Library Services Research Guide, an overview of the electronic resources and services that you can access from anywhere in the world.

This guide is a work in progress and we’d love to include tips and helpful links from all of you Columbia scholars who have studied or done research abroad. Please email Meredith Levin, Western European Humanities Librarian, mjl2209@columbia.edu, with your suggestions.

Senior Thesis Forum, April 18

We would like to extend a warm invitation to you to attend this year’s Senior Thesis Forum, hosted by the Humanities & History and Global Studies Librarians in Butler Library Room 523 on Tuesday, April 18th, 3:00-4:30. This forum offers graduating Seniors the opportunity to share their research experiences and outcomes in an informal session.

The event is open to all faculty, students, and library staff and we hope you can join us. Light refreshments will be served.

Listed below are the names and thesis titles for our three student presenters:

Danny Echikson
“Sugar Traders, West Indian Slavers, and Corporate Financiers: The Economic History of an American Family at the Turn of the 19th Century”

Greg Momjian
Marketing the Armenian Massacres Door-to-Door: American Book Culture and the Commercialization of Calamity”

Martin Ridge
“The Romantic Consciousness: Marxism, Liberalism, and the Education of Marshall Berman, 1961-1970”

Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our graduating seniors!

Yale Haas Family Arts Library Joins Borrow Direct

The Haas Family Arts Library collection at Yale is now available for request in Borrow Direct. The Arts Library collection focuses on the study of art, architecture, and drama.

More info about the Haas Family Arts Library and its collections can be found at http://web.library.yale.edu/arts/collections.

Information about the Borrow Direct service can be found at http://library.columbia.edu/find/request/borrow-direct.html.

Butler Consolidated Circulation and Reserves Desk

Butler Reserves materials and the Media collections have moved from Butler 208 and now circulate from the Butler Circulation Desk on the third floor. This new single service point offers the convenience of one location for borrowing all circulating and reserve books and DVDs.

The Butler Reserves staff office remains in Butler 208A, and staff phone numbers are unchanged.

A few collection moves associated with this new service occurred in late Fall and during Intersession. The circulating collection formerly shelved on Stack 6 was moved to Stack 12 in November. During Intersession, the Reserves materials and DVDs were moved to Stack 6 into a now staff-only area.

There are still a few outstanding projects that will be completed in the coming weeks.

· The Reserve Reading sign hanging in the east corridor outside 208 will be changed to Reading Room (to match existing sign on the west corridor), and the “Reserves” signage above the alcoves behind the desk and above the bulletin boards will be removed.

· In February, the circulating collection on Stack 3 is scheduled to be shifted to fill in stack spaces that formerly housed the Reserves and Media collections. The existing doors of the Stack 3 cage that separated the former Reserves and Media collections from the circulating collection will be removed, making the entire stack level publicly accessible.

We welcome your feedback. Contact Bill Sees with any questions or comments.
Bill Sees, Head, Circulation & Support Services

Johns Hopkins and Duke Add Collections to Borrow Direct

Johns Hopkins and Duke recently expanded Borrow Direct access to their collections. The following libraries are now lending materials via Borrow Direct.

Johns Hopkins
Friedheim Music Library of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Mason Library of the School of Advanced International Studies

Duke University
Goodson Law Library of the Duke Law School

See Borrow Direct for more information about how you can use Borrow Direct to borrow books, scores, and DVDs not available from the Columbia University Libraries.