Category Archives: Hours

Welcome Students!

The librarians and staff of Butler Library welcome you! We offer a full range of resources and services to support all aspects of study. We encourage you to contact us; we are eager to help you with your research.

Explore our deep collections and services through our website,

Our goal is to make Columbia Libraries' collections and services as transparent and user-accessible as possible. If you have questions about our newly re-designed website, scroll throught the tips here:

Also note these new services:

Morningside/Barnard/UTS faculty, students, staff, and provost-appointed visiting scholars with library borrowing privileges can now request electronic delivery of articles and book chapters from the general print collections of several participating libraries. For more information, see: Scan and Deliver

Quickly see what study spaces are open in the various libraries at a glance by clicking the link to Study Spaces Open Now at the top of the Library Hours page.

Butler Library Research Support Services  — we look forward to working with you!

Welcome Summer Session Students!

Welcome to the Summer Session! We hope you have a wonderful experience using the collections and services in the Libraries.  Butler librarians are here all summer to answer your questions and help you with your research.

The librarians in Butler can assist you with a range of research support services in the areas of history, literature, philosophy, religion, performing arts, and gender & women's studies.

Summer library hours are now in effect. See the Hours page to get specific information about Butler's hours.

If you have research questions or want to learn more about using the new Libraries website or the CLIO database, please feel free to ask a librarian during our in-person research service hours:
Digital Humanities Center (DHC), room 305: 11-1
Butler Reference Room, room 301: 1-5pm

You can also reach us via email or chat with us online on the Ask a Librarian webpage.

Have a great summer!

Last Minute Research Help

The 10 research librarians/subject specialists who work in Butler Library are here to help you throughout Study Days and Finals.

You can see when the Butler Reference Desk is staffed here:

If you’d rather reach us individually, our contact info is here:

Also note that there will be additional study space open 23/7 in Butler from December 13 through December 23.

Need help? Ask us!



Intersession Hours

Reference Room

During Intersession (January 4th through January 15th)

Butler Library will be open:
Monday – Thursday  9am to 9pm
Friday 9am to 7pm
Saturday 11am to 6pm
Sunday closed

The Reference Desk will be open 1pm to 5pm.

Martin Luther King Day (January 15th) hours: 9am to 7pm.

Regular Semester Hours (and 24 hour study) resume on Tuesday, January 18th.

Have a Great Break!

Butler doors

 Butler Library will close at 11:00 pm Thursday December 23rd, and reopen at 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 28th.

The library will also be closed from 5:00 pm Thursday December 30th through 9:00 am Tuesday, January 3rd.

Here are the full Butler Library hours during intersession.

Have a wonderful and refreshing break.   The reference desk will be open during intersession so please stop by, call (212-854-2241), or email if you have a question.  We’ll also be available for consultations.

 Regular semester hours (and 24 hour reading rooms) will resume on Tuesday, January 18th.

*And don’t miss BiblioBwog’s most recent feature on our collections:

Writing Center Drop-in Hours at Butler Library

The CU Writing Center now has drop-in hours in Butler Library. No need to make an appointment, just stop by to talk to a Writing Center consultant about your paper. Writing Center consultants can be found at the Reference Desk in Butler Library, Third Floor, Room 301.

Writing Center Drop-in Hours at Butler Library

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Friday: 1pm – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

What kind of writing can I bring?
You may bring any type of writing, at any stage in the process. You may even come to the Writing Center to brainstorm.

What happens in a Writing Center conference?
Writing Center conferences usually begin with the consultant asking you a few questions. Sessions run best if you come prepared to answer these questions. This means reading your paper over before the session and reflecting on your writing so that you may articulate your concerns to the consultant.

Who can go to the Writing Center?
The Writing Center is open to any person directly affiliated with Columbia University.  Students from Barnard College, Teachers College, and the School of Social Work may use it for assistance for any Columbia University course for which they may be registered, but they should refer to their own Writing Centers for all other courses.


Welcome to Fall Semester at Butler Library!

We are eager to help you take full advantage of the rich collection of resources and tools that the Libraries have to offer.  If you are new to Columbia or have not done much library research until now, we urge you to consider coming to one of three workshops on “Getting the Most Out of the Libraries’ Website,” offered in 306 Butler on  Thursday, September 9th from 2:00-3:15 pm, Tuesday, September 14th from 3:30 to 4:45 pm, and Thursday, September 16th, from 4:00-5:15 pm.  This class will help you find your way to a variety of services and databases that can make your research faster and more efficient.  You can register for that session, and access a variety of other workshops on software tools at (click on “LibraryWeb Intro” to go straight to the listings for “Getting the Most Out of the Libraries’ Website”).

If you can’t come to the workshop but would like help getting started or getting help with any other question about library resources and services, subject and reference specialists are available at the desk in 301 Butler from 1-7 pm on Monday and Tuesday, and 1-5 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  You can also reach us by phone at 212-854-2241 and access even fuller range of reference and research support services online at

Butler Study Break, Tonight 10PM – Midnight

Study Days are here! Need a break? Stop by the Butler Cafe Lounge tonight (May 5) from 10PM to midnight to grab a bagel, coffee, and enjoy some study-break activities.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your study breaks this week.

  1. Have a snack and stay hydrated with lots of water.
  2. Take a break from the computer. Your eyes need a rest!
  3. Do something creative, like doodle.
  4. Exercise a different part of your mind with a crossword puzzle or sudoku.
  5. Enjoy nature. A quick walk around Butler may not be scenic, but it’s good to breathe fresh air.


Feeling overwhelmed? Contact CU Counseling and Psychological Services to talk to someone.

Need help with a paper? Ask a librarian! We’re here to help, and we’ll be at the study break to answer your last minute questions.

What’s your favorite study break activity? Let us know!

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.