Returning Borrowed Items

Most books and bound periodicals may be returned to any Columbia University Library.   Book bins are usually located near library entrances.  Borrow Direct books may be returned to any library circulation desk.

These materials must be returned to the service desk or library from which they were borrowed:

  • Reserve materials
  • Media – including DVDs, CDs, videocassettes, and recordings
  • Microfilm and fiche
  • Musical Scores
  • Books and media obtained through ILL – these should be returned to the Interlibrary Loan Office in 307 Butler
  • Material borrowed from:  Law, Teachers College or Jewish Theological Seminary, which have separate library circulation systems.

Your library account will display items borrowed from most Columbia Libraries and Borrow Direct.  Items borrowed through ILL or from  Law, Teacher’s College and Jewish Theological Seminary will display through those accounts.


If you have questions about this service, please contact staff in the Library Information Office.

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