Category Archives: CLIO

HathiTrust: Digital Library Unveils New, Improved Webpage

HathiTrust is a shared collection of over 10 million volumes of digitized book and journal content. Columbia University is a member of this international partnership of 60-plus research libraries committed to the long-term preservation and availability of the cultural record.

HathiTrust recently unveiled a new website, with a new design and new features. You’ll now see a consolidated search area and prominent links to user collections, hand-picked books, and the mobile interface.

Links to social media, the HathiTrust Research Center, and HathiTrust projects provide updates on activities and invite engagement. Users can now log in from anywhere on the site, and the login area of the homepage highlights the benefits of logging in to users from partner institutions.

A new online reading interface increases the amount of space available for reading books, while still keeping reading controls and bibliographic information readily accessible.

Options for searching the bibliographic catalog and full-text of works have been combined into a single tabbed search, with help information to guide users in deciding which search to use. A persistent search header allows searches to be performed from any page on the website.

Make sure you log in as a Columbia University user to access the largest number of volumes and features.

If you have any questions about how to access this resource from CLIO or the web, or how to use its features, please contact the Butler Library reference staff.

CLIObeta: A New Way to Search

The Columbia Libraries are developing a new interface for CLIO which allows researchers to combine elements from the library catalog in powerful new ways.  

CLIObeta offers the ability to refine a keyword search by format; publication date; topical, regional, historical, and genre headings; language; library location; call number; and acquisition date. It is also possible to search multiple data sources with a single query, including:

  • 7.7 million records in the library catalog,
  • 400 million records in Summon (Find Articles)
  • 6,000 records in Academic Commons
  • 4,000 records in the Archival Collections portal
  • 1200 database records
  • 6,000 recently acquired titles
  • 4,000 library web pages

Please take the time to give us your feedback.  CLIObeta is being developed locally using open source software.  Your comments, questions, and suggestions will help us improve the database.   A brief introduction to CLIObeta:

Getting the Most Out of LibraryWeb

 LibraryWebBehind the simple facade of the libraries main page lies a wealth of information and assistance.  From locating materials in the Columbia libraries, to identifying and using electronic resources, to getting delivery of materials from peer libraries, to managing your research tools, to where to go for help when it all becomes too much….there’s a lot to absorb.

Would you like an introduction that shows you how to navigate the libraries resources and services?  Come to one of three workshops offered by librarian Karen Green.  Even if Butler Library isn’t your "home base," you will find much to ease the potential stress of your research experience.

Available dates:
Wednesday, September 7th, 10:30-11:45 AM
Monday, September 12th, 1:00-2:15 PM
Wednesday, September 14th, 3:30-4:45 PM

Register here.

CLIO New Arrivals

Looking for works on a specific topic, a list of French films, Korean books, or new Ebooks? See what’s new in the Columbia libraries with CLIO New Arrivals:

You may search by any combination of the following:

  • Keyword (all fields, author, title, or subject)
  • Format (book, video, etc.)
  • Location (library)
  • Publication Date (this year, past two years, last five years, etc.)
  • Acquisition Date (last week, last month, last three months)
  • Topic
  • Language
  • Region
  • Call Number (single or double letter call numbers

You may also create & subscribe to RSS feeds of searches.

CLIO New Arrivals  was developed at Columbia by our Library Information Technology Office using Blacklight, an open source platform.

Please spend some time with the New Arrivals database and use the feedback tab to send your comments. 

Connect to the New Arrivals search from a tab on the CLIO Basic Search:


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. 

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.

Add the Libraries to your iGoogle Home Page


Get the Columbia Libraries’ iGoogle Search Gadget.

Search CLIO, find articles, connect to a specific database by name, or search the Libraries’ archives portal or website.  You may also link directly to your library account.

Additional tabs link to subject guides, reference help, Borrow Direct, ILL, and Library news.

Add the Columbia-customized iGoogle Gadget to your iGoogle Page

Find other useful gadgets on the Library Tools & Widgets page.

Use Google Books to Find and Download Full-Text


You can use Google Books to find full-text titles in the public domain, i.e. older titles whose copyright has expired.

  • go to Google Books; click Advanced Search
  • Next to Search click Public Domain only
  • Enter search term, i.e. willa cather; click Google Search button
  • Click title to see full text
  • Full text can be downloaded in pdf or epub format; use download button at top of page
  • Some of these Google book titles will appear in CLIO but not all

  • Remember that CLIO Beta now links to Google Books