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Extended Library Hours for Finals

 The following Libraries are offering extended hours for finals period. Check the hours webpage of each library for details.

The Butler Reserves Desk will also be open until midnight, December 14 through December 22, for your convenience.


Are you having a hard time finding a quiet spot to study, or looking for something new? Check the study spaces website for ideas.

Need Resources? Try a Subject Guide

Still looking for articles for a research paper? Subject guides are a great way to identify resources when writing a research paper or working on a class project.

A subject guide is a bibliography of (mostly) online resources for a particular subject area, for instance Women’s StudiesGraphic Novels, Sociology, Terrorism, or British History. These resources are selected by subject specialist librarians, who are experts in that subject area.


Of course, you can always Ask a Librarian if you have questions about your research.

Research Help @ the Libraries

Need advice for end of semester research? Ask a librarian for tips, pointers or in-depth guidance about your research papers and final projects.

Come by the library during walk-in reference hours to speak to a librarian in person. Or Ask Us anytime via email, phone, text message or IM.

For in-depth assistance, schedule a one-on-one research consultation with a subject specialist librarian in your subject area.



Columbia’s Bwog recently launched a new series – BiblioBwog – to highlight the Libraries collections.

Bwog has hopped and camped in libraries, but we’ve never actually explored their contents. The Columbia libraries are a treasure trove of exciting history, so with the help of our lovely librarian friends, we’re going to highlight some hidden jewels.

The first BiblioBwog post features the Joseph Urban Exhibit, currently on display in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.


The Digital Humanities Center in Butler Library

The ETS is now the Digital Humanities Center (DHC)!

This past summer, the Electronic Text Service, located in 305 Butler Library, became the Digital Humanities Center. The DHC brings together people, technology, and information resources in an environment where researchers can work with multimedia resources in consultation with humanities librarians and technology specialists.

Visitors to the DHC can make use of thirteen text, image, and film scanning workstations and six Mac video editing stations. A wide range of software is available for the creation, markup, and editing of electronic texts, images, and video, citations and notes management, database creation, and qualitative and textual analysis as well as an in-house collection of electronic textual resources are also available. Learn more about the full range of services and technologies offered at the DHC!


The DHC offers a series of research and technology workshops. For more technology assistance try the University’s subscription to which provides access to a rich array of software tutorials.

The DHC joins our other Digital Centers at the Libraries: the Digital Social Science Center in Lehman Library, and the Digital Science Center, scheduled to open February 2011.

Drop by 305 Butler Library, call us at 212-854-7547, or email to reserve a workstation or schedule a technology or research consultation.

New Digital Music Lab

The Libraries is pleased to announce our new Digital Music Lab in the Music & Arts Library. The Digital Music Lab enables you to compose, play, record, scan, notate, edit, program, and analyze digital audio and music. The lab consists of 4 Mac workstations, 2 digital pianos, and an 11"x17" scanner. We invite you to stop by and check out the new Digital Music Lab.

Expert help is available from library staff, just ask!


Librarian Highlight: Cristina Ergunay


Name: Cristina Ergunay
Title:  Journalism Librarian
Subject Specialities: Journalism, social sciences, NYC resources
Contact Info:, twitter/JournalismLib
Library:  Journalism Library
@ Columbia Since: 2008

About me: "I’m here to help with journalism and reporting resources, including New York City neighborhood research and statistics, and historical newspapers. Some days you can find me at the Digital Social Science Center in Lehman Library."

What’s new at my library: ‘Tis the season for new style guides! Also, my new “Yoda” poster – stop by my office to take a look.

  • The Yahoo! style guide: the ultimate sourcebook for writing, editing, and creating content for the Web by Chris Barr, Journalism Reference TK5105.888 .B368 2010
  • Associated Press Stylebook Online

Personal favorites:



CLIO, the Libraries’ online catalog now has a new mobile version – CLIOmobile – for use with your smart phone or mobile device!

From CLIOmobile, you can:

  • Search CLIO
  • Save items to ‘My List’
  • Email records
  • Check your Library Account and renew books
  • Place recalls

 To use CLIOmobile, point your mobile device browser to the following link:


For more information, click on the following link:






You Spoke, We Listened: Scanners

In recent years, student feedback has asked the Libraries to expand scanning facilities. We’re pleased to announce that several new scanners have been added throughout the libraries on campus.


Periodical and Microform Reading Room – 401 Butler Library
   – 4  flatbed scanners with document feeder
   – 1 microfilm scanner (for a total of 6 microfilm scanners)

Digital Humanities Center – 305 Butler Library
– 1 overhead book scanner
– 1 microfilm scanner
– 4 flatbed scanners with document feeder
– 2 over-sized text scanners with document feeder
– 2 over-sized photo scanners
– 2 regular-sized photo scanners

Avery Library
   – 7 over-sized photo scanners

Engineering Library
   – 1 touch-screen flatbed scanner
   – 1 flatbed scanner with document feeder

The Burke Library at UTS
   – 1 touch-screen flatbed scanner station
   – 1 flatbed scanner with document feeder

Coming in January 2011: Digital Science Center in the Integrated Science Library
   – 8 flatbed scanners with document feeder