Category Archives: Document Delivery

New Partnerships and Opportunities for Borrowing

MaRLI (Manhattan Research Library Initiative)

Columbia full-time faculty and doctoral students may now borrow books from NYU or the New York Public Library (research collection).   Register for MaRLI as a Columbia scholar.

MaRLI is a pilot project between Columbia, NYU, and the Research Collections at New York Public Library.  The project began in March 2011, and will run through June 2012.   The loan period is 2 months, and items may be renewed.

Harvard and MIT have now joined Borrow Direct

The Borrow Direct interface has also been upgraded to support author, title, and subject keyword searching;  the ability to sort by publication date; and nearly seamless integration with our interlibrary loan services.   More information and a list of participating Harvard libraries.



 The holdings of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) can now be found in the Borrow Direct database.   In addition to books, CRL will lend newspaper backfiles, journals, dissertations, and microform collections.  


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.

Harvard and MIT Join Borrow Direct

Beginning in Summer 2011, faculty, students, and staff from Columbia and the six partner institutions (Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, and Yale),  will also have access to regularly circulating materials from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This expansion increases the number of volumes available to Columbia scholars from more than 45 million to almost 70 million.

For more information see: Borrow Direct Collaboration Expands

For questions about using Borrow Direct, visit the Libraries’ Borrow Direct Information Page.

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.

New! Document Delivery of Butler Chapters/Articles


Announcing a new document delivery service for Morningside/Barnard/UTS faculty and visiting scholars with borrowing privileges.

You can request scans of  book chapters and articles from the print collections in Butler Library through your Interlibrary Loan (ILL) account.

Limit of one chapter per book and one article per journal issue, within fair use guidelines.

How to Place a Document Delivery Request

Questions? See  Document Delivery