Category Archives: Columbia University Libraries

Cookie Fest for CUJ12!

Congratulations, graduating class of 2012!  Please stop by the Journalism Library on Wednesday, 5/9 for one last cookie from all of us in the libraries (byo Jawa Juice).  It's been a *pleasure* to work with you, and we wish you all the best!  Don't forget to let me know if you would like your tweets to be featured in the JournalismLib's "Follow Fridays" tweets for J-School alumni.  Special guest appearance by YODA, weather, temperament, and nap schedule permitting…  Not yet graduating?  Come for a cookie anyway! 

AND one last game!  Using Factiva (, find one article (and cite it!) that quotes the Empire Strikes Back first-day box office $ gross!  First 3 correct answers win an "authentic" Cantina Band tee.  Submit answers to

Alumni Library Privileges

graduationCongratulations on your upcoming graduation!  Wondering what Columbia library privileges you'll have after graduation?  Here's the scoop:

Your Columbia UNI and password will continue to give you electronic access to library resources for a grace period of about 6 months after graduation (assuming you were registered during the spring semester).  The Library Information Office (LIO) encourages you to continue to use your UNI during the grace period for all eresource access (electronic databases, ebooks, ejournals), and after this time, you may obtain an alumni ID card through LIO.  The cost is $5 payable with Visa, MasterCard or personal check (cash is not accepted).  Borrowing privileges may be purchased for $30 per month.

Library Information Office
201 Butler Library
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027

(212) 854-7309,

Once you are registered as an alum, there is a special libraries gateway for Columbia University Libraries Alumni & Friends through which you may access all electronic resources for alumni – – including premium datababses made available by special arrangement just for you!  For a complete list, please go to the E-Resources for Alumni and Friends page.  And be sure to check the newspapers collection!

Research Consultations at the Journalism Library

Need some research assistance with your project or thesis second draft?  We can help!  Come to the Journalism Library, meet with Cristina Ergunay (who is back from leave and available on Wednesdays and Thursdays) or one of her colleagues.  Send email to to set up a research consultation. 

Have a quick question and need an immediate answer?  Try Ask a Librarian instant message service!

Strike a Pose – The Vogue Archive at Columbia

Vogue1923The Vogue Archive at Columbia University Libraries provides a searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month.  Articles, covers, photo shoots, illustrations, and advertisements have been digitized in this collection.  Search articles by text, title or author, letters to the editor, advertisements by company brand names, and more!  Check out this resource today! 

Library Study Spaces

butler.2008-04-30.DSC_9015We’ve all been there. You’ve got a huge exam in the morning, but you can’t tear yourself away from all those DVRed episodes of "The Bachelor," right? You need to find a place to study, free of all the distractions of home, but you’d also like it to stay open late, and be in close proximity to food?

The Study Spaces page of the Columbia University Libraries website breaks down all the library study spaces on campus by the features they offer, including which libraries offer quiet spaces, rooms for group work, and spaces providing close proximity to food. Find the right space for you and hit the books!  (Red Bull not included)


Bloomberg Basics

lehman2009-03-09dsc_43911Bloomberg Basics will teach the basic navigation and searching skills necessary to begin using Bloomberg.  Instruction sessions are offered at the Digital Social Science Center in Lehman Library, and be sure to check out the Bloomberg Help Guide for navigation commands and tips.

  • October 7th, 10am ~ 11am
  • October 21st, 10am ~ 11am
  • November 4th, 10am ~ 11am

Register here – space is limited!  Can’t attend to one of the sessions above?  Request an individual or small group consultation.