Clean & Go Green: Preparing Your Records for the Shredding Event

Clean & Go Green makes its much-anticipated return on December 2-3, 2021 so now is a great time to consider the records in our workspaces: our own records and those which have been long-ignored or were abandoned in file drawers. Here are some tips to get you ready for the big shredding event. […]

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Moonlight Inside the Library

In April 1897, the Spectator reported on the “two mysterious hemispheres” which had appeared in the entrance of the Library being built on Columbia’s soon-to-be new campus in Morningside Heights. First, the two halves were joined to form a globe. And then, this wooden sphere was hung from the ceiling and could cast a soft, […]

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A Little House with a Long History

As Columbia University nears 125 years in Morningside Heights, we look to the one building left on campus from the days of the Bloomingdale Asylum: Buell Hall. Here we offer a timeline in the long history of this small, free-standing, red-brick cottage in the middle of campus. […]

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Making Holdings Available to Users: A Long-Standing Tradition

Since August 2020, the RBML’s Public Services staff has taken up the heroic task of making our collections available to remote users all over the world. In 12 months, they have scanned over 80,000 pages. Yes, that’s eighty and three zeros. They have carried on a tradition once headed by the pioneering Director of the […]

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