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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

Information about the Borrow Direct service can be found at

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.

Borrow Direct Plus On-Site Borrowing

Many of us use the Borrow Direct service to get materials not available at Columbia University Libraries, but do you know about the Borrow Direct Plus On-Site Borrowing program? Through the Borrow Direct Plus On-Site Borrowing program, current Columbia, Barnard, Teachers College, and Union Theological Seminary faculty, staff, and students also have on-site library borrowing privileges at Borrow Direct libraries: Brown, University of Chicago, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Yale.

Review the hours, access information, and policies for an institution prior to your visit: Borrow Direct Plus On-Site Borrowing. When visiting one of these libraries, just show your Columbia ID. You’ll be asked to log into your Borrow Direct account to verify your eligibility. Once verified, you’ll get your library borrowing card.

The next time you visit one of these universities, visit its libraries and check out what you can borrow!

Scanning Services in Butler and other Campus Libraries

Scanning services are available in many libraries. Scanners are all free of charge. Scanners that require no login are available for visitors to use.   

Scanner Locations & Numbers

Location No Login Required UNI Login Required
 Avery Library  2  8
 Burke Library  1  0
 Business & Economics Library  0  3
 Butler Library:
     3rd Floor Circulation Lobby  1  0
     Room 304  1  0
     Room 305 (Digital Humanities Center)  0  13
     Room 401 (Periodicals & Microform Reading Room)  2  0
 Geology Library  0  1
 Lehman Library  0  5
 Music Library  0  1
 Science & Engineering Library  0  9


Additional scanners (no login required) will be added in the following locations in early 2016:
Avery Library
Burke Library
Business & Economics Library
Butler Library
Geology Library
Lehman Library
Math Library
Music Library
Social Work Library
Science & Engineering Library
Starr East Asian Library

Faculty Document Delivery Service Expands

Using the Faculty Document Delivery Service, 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 in the Avery, Burke, Business & Economics, Butler, East Asian, Engineering, Geology, Journalism, Lehman Social Sciences, Math, Science & Engineering, and Social Work libraries.

Faculty Document Delivery Service requests can be placed via CLIO using the “Document Delivery” link. Materials are delivered electronically to the faculty member’s Interlibrary Loan account within 2-3 business days.

The Faculty Document Delivery Service is the latest Columbia University Libraries service providing electronic access to journal articles and book chapters. The Libraries also offer the Columbia community electronic document delivery of journal articles and book chapters from materials held in our offsite storage facility in Princeton, N.J., and direct access to more than one million electronic books and journals in CLIO.

For more information about the Faculty Document Delivery Service, including service guidelines, see

Butler Library Wireless Network Upgrade, January 14-17, 2013

CUIT will upgrade the wireless network in Butler Library next week, January 14-17, 2013. To minimize disruption, the upgrade is scheduled for a phased approach. Work will progress in one room/area at a time, according to the following schedule.

January 14: Floors 1, 2, and 3
January 15: Floors 3, 4, 5, and 6
January 16: Floors 6, 7, 8, and 9
January 17: Stacks

Signs will be posted in a room/area while its wireless network access point is being upgraded. Users can expect a brief wireless outage of 30-60 minutes while work is in progress.

We apologize for the inconvenience as we work to bring you improved wireless connectivity.

Library Service Changes Due to Inclement Weather, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

Due to inclement weather,  Columbia University Libraries (CUL) facilities will close at 3pm today, Wednesday, February 10th. Butler Library’s 24-hour study spaces will remain open for CU students and faculty; however, all service points including the Library Information Office, Circulation, Reserves, Media Center, graduate reading rooms and the Butler book stacks will be closed.

All other library facilities will close. CUL facilities are currently scheduled to maintain regular operating hours tomorrow, Thursday, February 11th. Please check the CUL web site for updates about library hours. Check the University web site for updates on class and activities cancellations due to severe weather.