Meet Lauren, who is digitizing rare Muslim World manuscripts to ensure scholars around the world can access these materials from anywhere, anytime.

Q: What is the project you’re working on currently, and what is your particular role? I’m working on the Manuscripts of the Muslim World project, a grant-funded effort by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) that is shared between Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and Bryn Mawr and […]

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Meet Tara, who is helping students and researchers at Columbia access special collections safely in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Q: What is your job in the Libraries normally, and how has it changed since the pandemic began?  I’m the Head of Public Services at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML). I am responsible for planning and implementing the reference, reproduction, and reading room access services which connect users to our collections. Because special […]

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Columbia University Libraries and LYRASIS Announce Virtual Copyright Education Center Pilot Project

LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership organization providing technology and content solutions for libraries, museums, archives, and research communities, and Columbia University Libraries’ Copyright Advisory Services join forces to pilot a new Virtual Copyright Education Center. This pilot will introduce a robust, progressive curriculum designed to enable cultural heritage professionals to move beyond a basic understanding of […]

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Columbia University Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning Announce “From Books to Bytes” Instruction Modules

In partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the availability of “From Books to Bytes: Navigating the Research Ecosystem,” a set of online resources that define the research lifecycle and provide students with practical research strategies. The six-part video series, intended for Columbia-affiliated students, guides viewers […]

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Five Ways to Get Started at the Libraries

Welcome to Columbia University Libraries! Whether you’re learning remotely or on campus, as a first-year student or returning, we are here to support you. Here are five easy ways to get started at the Libraries: Browse Collections Access millions of our collections online through CLIO. To request scans of print materials, look for the “Scan” […]

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Six Libraries Open for Study Space by Reservation

Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce that six libraries are now open for study space by appointment or reservation to Columbia University students who are approved to return to campus. Seats may be reserved for up to two hours per day in Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Business & Economics Library, Butler Library, […]

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Columbia University Libraries Expands Book Pick-up Service

Update: As of August 10, the Libraries further expanded its Book Pick-up Service to also include materials from the Health Sciences Library (to be picked up from the Health Sciences Library) and select, newly-circulating items from Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library (picked up from the plaza-level rear exit of Avery Hall). The Libraries also resumed […]

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Columbia University Libraries Digitizes Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center Collection

In May 2018, Columbia University Libraries was awarded a grant by the GRAMMY Foundation to digitize and preserve 400 hours of unique recordings of early electroacoustic music from the archives of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (CPEMC). The content was selected from a collection of over 5,500 reel-to-reel audio tapes, which were deeded to the Libraries […]

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Columbia University Libraries Launches Book Pick-Up Service

Columbia University Libraries launched this week a book pick-up service that enables current Columbia University students, staff, and faculty to request and pick up library materials from participating library locations. The book pick-up service is one of several library services that resumed in recent weeks, including book returns and scanning of materials from offsite collections […]

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Just Launched: Digital Gaming Communities Web Archive

Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Gaming Communities Web Archive. Developed by librarians within the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, the Digital Gaming Communities Web Archive preserves content generated by, and related to, digital games in order to foster research within the discipline. Themes collected include critical gaming, game ethics, […]

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