Category Archives: Books

HathiTrust: A Shared Digital Repository

HathiTrustColumbia is a member of the HathiTrust Digital Library, a vast repository of nearly 9 million volumes, 2.5 million of which are full-text searchable.  Though international in scope, The HathiTrust collection is especially useful for magazines & journals published before 1924, US government documents, and multi-volume works.

Login for the most complete search options, which include:

  • ability to search standard catalog records or across the full-text of the collection
  • single (?) and multiple letter truncation (*)
  • simple Boolean searching
  • keyword in context (full-text only) displays in the ascii text (though not in the PDFs)
  • ability to create private (or public) collections and search only within that content
  • ability to search public collections created by others

The interface offers a variety of views: page, scroll, flip, thumbnails, ascii text; and supports PDFs downloads of selected pages or the entire document.

Here are a just a few HathiTrust journals that are indexed in the Readers Guide Retrospective, but not currently available online from other sources: The Survey, The Delineator, Ladies Home Journal, Forum, The Independent, Good Housekeeping.

Due to the complexity of serials cataloging, there are sometimes multiple records in the HathiTrust catalog for the same journal.  CLIO also includes links to HathiTrust content, either as separate records, or as links in the sidebar in catalog records for paper subscriptions.  If you don’t find the years you are looking for in CLIO, be sure to search the HathiTrust collection separately.  Because they are based on deposited collections, some of these journal runs are currently incomplete, but as the HathiTrust collection grows, these gaps should be filled. 

Image from Frank Leslie's Ladies Magazine

In May 2011, The HathiTrust Research Center was formed to support "computational access for nonprofit and educational users to published works in the public domain stored within HathiTrust." 

If you any have questions about accessing, searching, or downloading material in the HathiTrust Digital Library, or in any other collection, please let us know.

Google Books adds EPUB Downloading Format


Youth Many books published before 1925 can now be downloaded from Google Books in the EPUB format, an excellent format for reading on iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, and other mobile devices.

Here are some of our favorite EPUB readers:

  • iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad: Stanza  (free from the app store)
  • Android Phones:  Aldiko
  • Blackberry: BePub
  • PDAs and other mobile devices Mobipocket

Wikipedia has useful list of EPUB readers.   Do you have a favorite?  Please comment with your favorite reader.

Google Books - Youth


Search Google Books from your mobile device, and click the EPUB download option. 

If you are searching Google Books from a desktop, save the link to the book and email it to yourself.  When you click on the link, Stanza and other readers will save and open the text.



Need it Soon? Try Borrow Direct

Borrow Direct logoBorrow Direct, our fast (4 business days!)  interlibrary loan service between Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, and Yale has a new interface:

New Features:

  • Books may be renewed once for a second 6-week loan period
  • Borrow Direct books are listed in My Library Account for easy renewal (however, Borrow Direct books will now be subject to fines)
  • Search the combined catalog by title, keyword, author, or subject
  • Books can be delivered to more libraries on campus, including: Butler, Burke, Business, Engineering, Lehman, Social Work, Health Sciences, and Barnard
  • It is easier to specify which volume you need (use the notes box to identify the volumes needed)
  • If an item is not available through Borrow Direct, use the Interlibrary Loan link in Borrow Direct and the ILL form will be filled out for you

Use Borrow Direct whenever the book you need is not available in a Columbia library.  If the same edition is available at Columbia, you will be prompted to find it in CLIO.

Questions?  Ask a Librarian! Or contact our Interlibrary Loan Office.


Out and About?  Use CLIOmobile to: CLIOmobile

  • Search CLIO
  • Email records
  • View your Library Account and renew items
  • Access and save items to your List
  • Place recalls

Add this link to your mobile device:

More info:

Please send questions or comments to:

What’s new in CLIO? Location Limits

Looking for DVDs you can borrow? 
Limit your title and keyword searches to Location: Butler Media (Circulating).

Looking for books that are available at 2am?
Limit your title and keyword searches to Location: Milstein (24 hr)

Each time you add a location to a search, CLIO will look for items in either location.  Physical volumes always have a library location.   To search for physical items or ebooks,  add Location: Online to every search when you limit by location.

If you apply a location limit and get no hits, just remove the limit from your search. 

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 Applying location limits may slow response time.  To avoid a system error,  wait until CLIO has finished processing to click on a link. 

Summer Listening: E-Audiobooks from the New York Public Library

If you have a New York Public Library card, you can easily download e-Audiobooks to your ipod touch, iphone, or other mobile device.

First, search the catalog for the type of audiobook you wish to download.

The easiest e-audiobooks to download are MP3 audiobooks, which can be downloaded directly to your ipod touch, iphone, or other mobile device.   If an audiobook is available, click "add to my e-list" and then from your e-list you can check-out the item, and download it directly to your iphone or touch.  You’ll need to download OverDrive Media Console which has an iphone version.  (You’ll be directed to download this as part of the check-out process).  More Info on MP3 audiobooks.

Many of the newer e-audiobooks are in WMA audio format, and these cannot be downloaded directly to an iphone or ipod, though they can be downloaded directly to a windows mobile device.  To put them on an ipod, you’ll need to download them to a PC  and then transfer them to your ipod using i-tunes.   If you don’t have access to a windows PC, come to the ETS in 305 Butler (with your ipod and a cable), where we’ve installed the software on Eusebius, one of the ETS computers.

Comprehensive help downloading e-audiobooks is available from the NYPL website.

If you don’t have a New York Public Library card, you can easily get one: go to the Morningside Heights Branch (113th & Broadway) with a photo ID and anything showing your New York address (ID, letter, bill, etc.)

New CLIO Feature – Text It


No more scribbled call numbers on scraps of paper! Now you can send CLIO information to your phone as a text message.

In the CLIO record, click on the link “Send to phone” in the blue sidebar on the side of the page.

Fill out the brief form with your carrier and cell phone number.  The title, location and call number will be sent as a text message.

Phone provider charges may apply.

New Reference Books

ancientThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 7 vols.

atlasHistorical Atlas of the Ancient World. Boston : Brill, 2010.

etymologyEtymological Dictionary of Greek. Boston : Brill, 2010. 2 vols.

truthSouth Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Nova, 2009.

anarchistAnarchist Periodicals in English Published in the United States (1833-1955): An Annotated Guide. Lanham: Scarecrow, 2010.

irelandDictionary of Irish Biography: From the Earliest Times to the Year 2002. Cambridge: Royal Irish Academy, 2009.  9 vols.

Research Guide to Japanese Film Studies. Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan, 2009.

Featured graphic novel: Pushwagners Soft City

Pushwagners Soft City: a Norwegian miracle story

Pushwagners Soft City: a Norwegian miracle story

A graphic novel with perhaps the oddest backstory ever, Pushwagners Soft City was created in the 19y0s by Norwegian artist Terje Brofoss (nom d’art: Pushwagner), only to be lost in a suitcase on a trip to London.   Though it was found in 2002, Brofoss didn’t learn of the discovery until some segments were published.

Soft City is both a creation of its time and timeless: the almost hallucinatory story of a society tight in the grip of an omnipresent corporation, one that employs them, feeds them, informs them, entertains them–but which may or may not be what it seems.  It conveys the political sentiments of its time in a simple, pure line offering only meagre spots of color.

The libraries own two copies of this fascinating title, one in Butler Stacks and one Offsite.  It can be found at call-number NC1619.P87 S64 2008g.

Let us know what you think of it!