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:

  1. Browse Collections
    Access millions of our collections online through CLIO. To request scans of print materials, look for the “Scan” link in the item record.
  2. Connect with an Expert
    Consult with a subject specialist, copy-right expert, data specialist, and more via email, phone, or Zoom, or chat. You can also ask general questions about how to use the libraries.
  3. Attend a Workshop
    Build skills in everything from research methods to specialty software through virtual workshops with our experts.
  4. Learn about the Research Process
    Take our six-module mini course, “From Books to Bytes: Navigating the Research Ecosystem,” to learn how to plan and execute research.
  5. Explore Services & Tools
    Find research guides, digital collections, citation management help, software and databases, and more.

On campus this semester? You can also:

We can’t wait to work with you. Ask us for help anytime. We are your library.