New! Document Delivery Service for Faculty

Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of a new Document Delivery service for Morningside, Barnard, and Union Theological Seminary faculty and visiting scholars with library borrowing privileges. Document Delivery enables these faculty to request scans of book chapters and articles from the print collections of Butler Library.

Who may use the Document Delivery service?
Morningside, Barnard, and UTS faculty with library borrowing privileges and ILL and library accounts that are in good standing.

What can be requested through Document Delivery?
Articles and book chapters from books and serials shelved in Butler Library (excluding items in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, University Archives, Oral History collection, and Butler Reserves). Limits: one article from a journal issue; a small portion—generally one chapter—of a book or other printed work, within fair use guidelines.

How long will it take for my requested item to arrive?
Material will be delivered electronically 2-3 business days after submission.  You will be notified via an email that contains a link to the article.  There will be no hard-copy delivery of requested materials. 

How do I submit a Document Delivery request?
All Document Delivery requests must be submitted through your Interlibrary Loan account using the “Article” and “Book Chapter” request forms, as follows:

  • Locate the item from which you need a copy in CLIO.
  • Log into your ILL account by going to and select “Morningside/Barnard/Union Theological Seminary.”
  • Under “New Request,” select “Article” or “Book Chapter.”


  • Fill out the request form completely.  Please note: For document delivery, you must include the Butler Library call number and location (e.g., Butler Stacks, Milstein, Butler Reference) in the Call Number and Location fields on the request form.

  • Click the copyright acknowledgment.
  • Submit the request. 
  • Make a note of the transaction number (TN).  You will need this to track the progress of the request and for any additional follow-up.

If you have any questions about the service, or require follow-up on requests you placed, please contact the ILL office at or
(212) 854-7535.