Columbia Graduates: Take Advantage of Alumni Benefits

SIPA Graduation 2024 – Monday, May 13, 2024, at Baker Athletics Complex in New York. (Diane Bondareff for Columbia University) .

As graduation ceremonies conclude, the Libraries remind Columbia graduates of alumni benefits available to take advantage of. Alumni of Columbia University enjoy free, off-campus access to a wide range of databases and journals, plus in-person use of library facilities.

Alumni Card
Graduates of Columbia, Barnard College, and Union Theological Seminary may apply for a University Alumni Identification Card that enables lifetime access to library buildings. Alumni are encouraged to wait 120 days to obtain their alumni CUID following their graduation date, as student-status library privileges remain active for 120 days. 

To apply for an alumni CUID, visit the Library Information Office with a valid, government-issued photo ID. Alumni CUIDs are valid for 10 years, after which alumni must visit the Library Information Office to be reissued a new one. The fee to replace a lost or stolen CUID is $20.

In-person use of library facilities by alumni with the Alumni ID card is permitted between 8 a.m. and midnight for libraries open during that time period. Please review library hours before visiting.*

Borrowing Privileges
Borrowing privileges for onsite and offsite collections can be purchased in the Library Information Office for $30 per month. Borrowing privileges are not available at the Law School, Teachers College, or the Health Sciences libraries. Learn more about which services alumni have access to.

Graduates of Columbia University, Barnard, Teachers College, and Union Theological Seminary have off-campus access to a variety of e-resources. To use these resources, alumni may need to activate their UNI or change their password at the Manage My UNI website.

Learn more about Columbia alumni benefits and privileges

*Please note that temporary campus access restrictions remain in place; review the latest campus access updates here.