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Ask a Librarian

Columbia’s libraries possess a rich array of resources, and sometimes having so many options available to you can be a little confusing. If you need help with anything library-related, but find yourself nowhere near one of the Columbia libraries, don’t fret! Ask a Librarian is here to save the day.

Ask a Librarian is Columbia’s virtual reference and research service. One of Columbia’s reference librarians is available during the following hours to help you with any questions you might have about the libraries or your research:

Sunday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Try it out at the website linked in the first paragraph, or add ‘askcolumbia’ (without the quotation marks, of course) to your AIM, Google, MSN or Yahoo! buddy lists and send us a message from your favorite chat program. You can even text the service at (215)TEXTCUL or (215)839-8285, and we’ll respond in 140 characters or less!

Borrow Direct Collaboration ExpandsC

 Borrow DirectBorrow 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!

Sustainability Information Expo

Sustainability InfoInterested in learning about resources related to sustainability?

Come join the science and social science librarians at the Sustainability Information Expo, Thursday, 2/3 11:30am-1:30pm in the Lehman Social Sciences Library.  Join the fun – talk to librarians about data/GIS, government, social science, business, science information resources related to sustainability.  Free lunch and raffle prize!

Questions?  Email dssc@libraries.cul.columbia.edu.

Bloomberg Basics


Bloomberg 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.

These sessions will be in 321A at the DSSC in Lehman Library.  Space is limited – please register at the links above.  Can’t attend to one of the sessions above?  Request an individual or small group consultation.

To view all library workshops and training, go to the Library Workshops & Research Help page.

Journalism Library Holiday Hours

The Journalism Library will continue its regular hours through Wednesday, 12/22, and will be open on Thursday, 12/23 from 1:00-6:00pm.  The library will be closed 12/24 through 1/3 and will re-open for intercession on Tuesday, 1/4.  Go to the hours page for a full list of library hours for December and January.

Happy Holidays!  And if you would like to pick up a Columbia University Libraries spill-proof mug for your winter break travels, please stop by the Journalism Library!

Journalism Library Holiday Weekend Hours

The Journalism Library hours will be as follows for the coming days:

  • Tuesday, November 23rd 1:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 24th 1:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Thursday, November 25th CLOSED
  • Friday, November 26th CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 27th 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday, November 28th 2:00pm – 8:00pm

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday weekend.