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Going Online: Special Collections Research Accounts

Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library is rolling out a web-based circulation system to streamline how our users request material at the RBML.

Researchers will have a new, web-based Special Collections Research Account to create requests for immediate or future use, with the added benefit of having access to their complete history of requests from anywhere they can access the internet – home computer, mobile phone and tablet devices included.

Here’s a look at some of the other institutions that are using the same technology that we are adopting, along with links to see how their researchers gain access to their collections electronically.

Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Princeton University
Harvard College Library at Harvard University
University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center
Duke University, David M. Rubenstein Library
University of Chicago, Special Collections Research Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wilson Library
American Antiquarian Society

For questions or comments please contact Tom McCutchon, Public Services Specialist, at tjm2148@columbia.edu

Let us begin.

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) has huge collections of books, manuscripts, and other materials. Our web page, http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/rbml/index.html, has information about the scope of the collection and the finding aids. (Our soon-to-be released new web page will describe it all more thoroughly — stay tuned.)

This blog is intended to highlight particular items — new acquisitions or finds in the stacks — as well as collections being cataloged and processed, and events and exhibits in the department. It should be fun for us and for you, and we’ll all learn something.
The picture above is an illustration by Joseph Champion from George Bickham’s Universal Penman of 1743.