Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the Library!

by Jessica Gentile, Social Media Intern

Columbia University Libraries welcomes all new and returning students! As the fall semester gets under way, here are the top ten things you need to know about Columbia’s Libraries (yes, libraries, there are over 20 of them!)

1. Your CUID Card is your library card!

  • Have your card on you at all times. It’s necessary for you to enter the library, check out materials, and use the copy machines.

2. There are over 20 libraries at Columbia!

  • Chances are you won’t have to use all of them, but you should know what’s available (and where it’s located) for your particular research needs. Butler Library specializes in history and humanities, while Avery is the place to go for art and architecture. There’s also the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, the Science and Engineering Library, the Business and Economics Library and many, many more. Check out the complete list here.

3. LibraryWeb is the place to start your research.

  • It has links to everything you need: catalogs, archival collections, databases, other e-resources and, yes, even the very blog you’re reading right now.

4. CLIO is the online Catalog of Columbia.

  • Be sure to check out our awesome guide to CLIO for helpful search tips.

5. Course reserves are also available on CLIO.

  • Check out our guide on how to access all course reserve materials online.

6. Food and drink are permitted in designated areas.

  • Just be library-friendly and use a spill-proof mug!

7.  The Library Information Office (LIO) is located in 201 Butler.

  • There’s a wide range of information on services, maps, and guide. You can also pay off those pesky library fines here.

8. Butler Library also has….

  • Milstein, open 24/7
  • 24-hour AcIs Computer Lab
  • Butler Reserves Desk
  • Butler Media Center
  • Periodicals & Microforms

9.  Instruction, tours, and reference services are everywhere!

  • Library Subject Guides will get you started with research. Or take a library instruction session on a specific topic.
  • Library tours of Butler are offered in the beginning of the fall semester
  • Visit a librarian at a reference desk for help with library services, resources and research strategies.

10. Ask us! We’re here to help!

  • Ask a librarian via e-mail or live chat  – as of the fall, these services are open Monday to Thursday, 10am to 9pm and Friday, 10am to 5pm. 
  • Ask us by phone or in person at a reference desk
  • Milstein reading rooms are open 24/7