Category Archives: Books

Scan & Delivery Service

Need a book chapter or article from Columbia Libraries' print collections?

Scan & Deliver: Electronic Document Delivery enables you to request electronic delivery of articles and book chapters from the general print collections of many of Columbia's Libraries. The service is available for book chapters and articles in the general print collections, with some exceptions.

To place a request:

1) Run a CLIO search for the book or journal you're looking for.

2) Choose the exact item you'd like from the results page

3) In the "Available from" menu on the item page, choose "Scan & Deliver"

4)  Follow the instructions and submit your request.

Visit the Scan & Deliver web page for information on which Columbia University Libraries participate in the service, detailed instructions for placing a request, delivery information, and frequently asked questions.

Faculty Document Delivery Service

Full-time faculty from the Columbia Morningside campus, Barnard, and Union Theological Seminary now can request electronic delivery of journal articles and book chapters from the general print collections on Morningside campus.

For more information about the Faculty Document Delivery Service, including service guidelines, see



Today is the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. According to a Pew Research Center poll, 97% of Americans aged eight or older at the time of the event remember exactly where they were when it happened. The Columbia University Libraries has two websites about the destruction of the World Trade Center and its aftermath. For official government documents about the attack, you can use the research guide, The World Trade Center Attack: the Official Documents. For ind-depth interviews with people most directly affected by the attack, visit the website for the 9/11 Oral History Project. A new book has been published based on these interviews, After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 2011 and the Years That Followed.




How Do I Love SIPRI? Let Me Count the Ways …


1) The SIPRI YearbookKnown worldwide as an authoritative and independent source for politicians, diplomats, journalists and analysts seeking insight on issues of armaments and arms control, armed conflicts and conflict resolution, security arrangements and disarmament, as well as the most important longer-term trends in international security. Available in Lehman Library: UA 10 .I551

2) SIPRI Research Reports, Policy Papers, Fact Sheets and other publications

3) SIPRI’s Databases Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST), SIPRI Multilateral Peace Operations Database, SIPRI Military Expenditure Database, SIPRI Arms Transfers Database, SIPRI Arms Embargoes Database

Hmmm, I was sure that there were more than three reasons …



Public Papers of the Presidents — New Volume for Obama


On April 12, 2011, President Obama received the first book of the Public Papers of the President of the United States from his administration. The 1,084-page book was presented in navy blue binding* with gold stamping by Public Printer Bill Boarman, Archivist David Ferriero, and Director of the Federal Register Ray Mosley.

Compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) Office of the Federal Register (OFR), the Public Papers of the Presidents contains the papers and speeches of the President that were issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during a specified time period.

Print copies of the Public Papers are available in Butler and Lehman libraries at:           J 80 .A283.




Borrow Direct Collaboration Expands

 Borrow Direct

Borrow Direct – a book-borrowing consortium between the libraries of Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University – will be expanded soon to include additional institutions in the service – Harvard and MIT!

Beginning in summer 2011, faculty, students, and staff from Columbia and the six partner institutions will also have access to regularly circulating materials from Harvard and MIT. This expansion increases the number of volumes available to Columbia scholars from more than 45 million to almost 70 million.

Borrow Direct is fast and easy to use – try it here today!

Time Running Out? Use Borrow Direct!


Borrow Direct is the expedited (4 business days!)  interlibrary loan service between the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, and Yale, for books only.


Features of borrow direct:

  • Books can be borrowed for an initial 6-week loan period, plus one 6-week renewal
  • 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 the following libraries on campus: Butler, Burke, Business, Engineering, Lehman, Social Work, Health Sciences, and Barnard
  • 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


RAND Publications: Full Text, Online

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.


RAND focuses on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more. With a research staff consisting of some of the world’s preeminent minds, RAND has been expanding the boundaries of human knowledge for more than 60 years. As a nonpartisan organization, RAND is widely respected for operating independent of political and commercial pressures.

See if RAND can inform your research!

Welcome New Students!

The Lehman Social Sciences Library welcomes the new students in the departments of Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as new students at the School of International and Public Affairs. Lehman is your library. Here’s a quick overview of the resources available:

Check out the Guide to the Libraries (PDF) for more information about the CU Libraries.