Just Launched: Democracy Reform and Voting Rights in the United States Web Archive

Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of the Democracy Reform and Voting Rights in the United States Web Archive. The ongoing struggle in the United States between advocates for voting rights and official proponents of voter suppression measures intensified in 2020 during a bitter presidential election campaign conducted amidst the substantial additional […]

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Five reminders about using the Libraries in person

Reserving a study seat is quick and easy, including just before you come. You can reserve a seat any time prior to arrival for up to four hours per day. Multiple reservations (in different locations) are allowed. Video conferencing is allowed in designated rooms. Masks must be worn at all times.You will be asked to leave […]

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Meet Kevin, who ensures that archives in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library are discoverable and accessible to researchers

Q: Which part of the Libraries do you work in, and what’s your role? The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is Columbia University’s principal repository for special collections. The holdings include hundreds of thousands of rare books and nearly 80,000 linear feet of archival material, which are records created by people or institutions as […]

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SimplyE, a mobile app for ebooks, comes to Columbia

Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of SimplyE for Columbia, a free mobile app that brings together ebooks from our collection and makes them accessible all in one place. Initially developed and launched by the New York Public Library, SimplyE helps Columbia’s Libraries improve the reading experience and makes available ebooks from […]

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Extended Library Hours Beginning March 7

Beginning March 7 through the end of Spring term (April 23), the Science and Engineering Library will be open until midnight Sundays through Wednesdays in response to student requests for extended hours. Six libraries are currently open for study space to students, faculty, and staff. To enter and use library study spaces, you must make a reservation, […]

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Lehman Center Spring Program: “Race, Inequality, and Health”

Tomorrow, February 4th, the Lehman Center for American History begins its spring programming with “Chronic Complication: Diabetes, Amputations, and Race in America,” a lecture by Dr. Richard M. Mizelle, Jr., which is part of a continuing lecture series on the nexus of “Race, Inequality, and Health.” A collaboration between the Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Department of […]

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Columbia University Libraries and LYRASIS Present Online Copyright Classes

Columbia University Libraries and LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership organization providing technology and content solutions for libraries, museums, archives, and research communities, will offer online classes on copyright through the Virtual Copyright Education Center (VCEC) pilot project. The project will introduce new classes to enable cultural heritage professionals to move beyond a basic understanding of […]

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Announcing Curatorial Shorts from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Curatorial Shorts, a series of talks presented by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) on Mondays at 4 p.m., offer an informal look at new research and findings from the library’s collections.  The first Curatorial Short will showcase the RBML holdings of Harry Stephen Keeler, a scholar of literary plots, a theorist of generic […]

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Meet Kaneisha, who collaborates with Columbia’s First-Generation, Low-Income (FLI) Network to provide access to course materials from the Libraries’ collections

Q: What was your transition from in-person work in Butler Library to remote work like? Describe your typical day while working from home. I’m not sure I had a transition from in-person work in Butler Library to remote work in New Jersey. We transitioned to full remote work until further notice just two or three […]

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Meet Alex and Moacir, who host a weekly, open livestream on Twitch to build collaborative, digital projects with Columbia faculty and students in real time

Q: You launched a remote version of the Libraries’ Studio initiative. For readers who aren’t familiar with your in-person programming, what was the goal of Studio Butler and Studio Lehman? In 2013, the Libraries’ Digital Humanities Center, along with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Center, established “Studio@Butler,” which they described as a […]

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