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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

It All Starts When You Open a Box

It All Starts When You Open a Box

A story begins when a box is opened.  From family photos to dirty socks, from political struggles to breakthrough ideas, from humorous oddments to poignant pieces, archivists and reference librarians have the unique opportunity to see them all. 

The professional staff at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University have processed tens of thousands linear feet and answered thousands of reference questions in their professional careers, and the collections in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents a unique opportunity for them to make discoveries.  The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Columbia University’s principal repository for unique manuscripts and rare books.  Spanning 5,000 years, the repository stewards cuneiform tablets to modern artists books, from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts to the organizational records of human rights organizations.

To work with material this diverse and significant is not only challenging, but it is truly a privilege.  Join us on our journey. 

Susan Hamson
University Archivist
Head, Access Services and Operations