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Your Guide to Exam Study Space




Exam periods are right around the corner, and we want to make sure you are informed about access to the libraries during midterms and finals this semester.  The updates below outline access policy changes happening throughout the semester for several libraries.  The new Study Space Open Now page shows you which libraries are currently open in real time (bookmark that page!), and the Library Hours page provides a calendar view for each library’s hours of operation.  For a full list of library facilities, please visit the Study Spaces guide.  Also, don’t forget about the Room Scheduler to book a room for practicing presentations, holding group meetings, etc.

  • The Science & Engineering Library will begin study hall hours until 3 a.m. on October 4, Sundays through Thursdays, running through the end of the semester. During the weekend of midterms and finals, the study hall hours will be extended to Friday and Saturday.
  • During the last four weeks of the semester, the Lehman Social Sciences Library will hold study hall hours until 4 a.m. seven days a week.
  • Butler Library will continue to be open for study 24-hours a day, seven days a week during the semester.  During the last four weeks of the semester, 24-hour study will be extended to reading rooms on the 5th and 6th floors.
  • During midterms and finals, the Business & Economics Library will be open to all graduate students, faculty, staff, and to undergraduate Economics majors only. Others who need library resources or research assistance found only at the Business & Economics Library may request access and assistance at the circulating desk.  During the Fall semester, this policy will apply October 7-21 and December 2-18.  The Business & Economics Library is open to all Columbia affiliates other times throughout the semester.



Scan & Delivery Service Now Available

Need a book chapter or article from Columbia's collections?

Scan & Deliver: Electronic Document Delivery enables Morningside/Barnard/UTS faculty, students, staff, and Provost-appointed visiting scholars with library borrowing privileges to request electronic delivery of articles and book chapters from the general print collections of many of Columbia's Libraries.  

The service is available for book chapters and articles in the general print collections, with some exceptions.

To place a request,

1) Run a CLIO search for the book or journal you're looking for.

2) Choose the exact item you'd like from the results page

3) In the "Available from" menu on the item page, choose "Scan & Deliver"

4)  Follow the instructions and submit your request.  

Visit the Scan & Deliver web page for information on which Columbia University Libraries participate in the service, detailed instructions for placing a request, delivery information, and frequently asked questions.  

Digital Center Internship Program

The Columbia University Libraries is looking for Columbia graduate students to collaborate with librarians and technologists in supporting and promoting digital scholarship on campus. The Columbia University Libraries has three digital centers: Humanities, Science, and Social Science. The Digital Centers are looking for students with a keen interest in digital scholarship to be interns in the centers during the 2013/14 academic year. The paid internships are competitive and students will receive hands-on experience working with emerging digital practices within the centers.

For more information please visit the Digital Internship Program Page.

Don't wait to apply!  Application review will begin on August 15, 2013 but applications will be accepted until September 9, 2013 or until the positions are filled.

Please send any questions to

Congratulations, Class of 2013!

The Columbia University Libraries congratulates the class of 2013!  We wish you great success in your future endeavors.

New alumni, please remember that CU Libraries use doesn't have to end here. Your access to licensed electronic databases continues for a period of three months beyond the degree conferral date.  Recent alumni may use libraries spaces for a period of thirty days after the date of graduation using their student ID cards. After thirty days, alumni must obtain an alumni card in the Library Information Office in Room 201 of Butler Library.

For more information on alumni privileges, see:
Columbia University Libraries Alumni & Friends
Access to Columbia's Libraries for Alumni

Have a great summer!

Finals Guide to Libraries’ Study Spaces

     Finals are right around the corner, and we realize finding study space can be challenging during this time.   You are likely aware that some of the most utilized libraries at Columbia include Butler Library, Lehman Library, and the Science and Engineering Library.  The Study Spaces Guide is an excellent resource in choosing study space best suited for specific needs, and the Hours page will have the most up-to-date information regarding study times in all Libraries spaces. As a reminder, drinks should be in spill-proof containers, and please be considerate of your fellow students by taking your belongings when you leave.

Having trouble finding a spot?  Branch out and study in a library you've never visited.  The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary has three floors of study areas including common work tables, the Music & Arts Library in 701 Dodge has, in addition to nice views, many individual power-equipped study spaces and the Mathematics Library in 303 Mathematics is equipped with individual study areas and computer work stations.  For quiet study, visit the Geology Library in 603 Schermerhorn or the Starr East Asian Library. Also, don't forget about the Room Scheduler to book a room for practicing presentations, holding group meetings, etc.

Many Libraries spaces have extended hours during this time.  The list below includes the study space hours for the weeks of May 6th and 13th. To find a library best suited for a certain purpose (group study areas, quiet study, food nearby, etc.), please refer to the Study Spaces Guide.  All libraries are equipped with Wi-Fi.


Butler Library Study Break

Join us in Butler 214 next Wednesday, May 8th, 9pm – 11pm for this semester's Butler Library Study Break.  There will be bagels, coffee, games, giveaways, and Star Wars origami – all in the name of taking your mind off finals for a few minutes.  This event is hosted by the Columbia University Libraries. First come, first served! 

Academic Commons Deposit Party – 5/2

It’s been a year of amazing growth for Academic Commons, Columbia University’s digital research repository, as they prepare to add the 10,000th item to their collection. If you are a Columbia affiliate who has contributed your work to Academic Commons, the repository folks are hosting an event on Thursday May 2, from 5 to 7pm in Rooms 522 and 523 of Butler Library. 

To ensure that we provide enough food and drink for all, we request that you RSVP HERE.

If you would like to see the latest additions to Academic Commons, please visit our HOMEPAGE.

If you have content to deposit, please visit our SELF-DEPOSIT PAGE

Conference: Oral History and Our Times, May 1-2

May 1-2, 2013

A two-day conference


The Columbia Center for Oral History [CCOH], of the Columbia University Libraries, and the Oral History Master of Arts program [OHMA], through INCITE’s Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series, are hosting a two-day conference exploring the role of oral history in documenting, disseminating and educating students and the public about the central events and concerns of our times — featuring the Rule of Law Oral History Project and impact of U.S. detention and rendition policies over the last decade. The conference will also survey the impact of Columbia’s path-breaking Oral History Master of Arts program [OHMA], the first program of its kind in the U.S., now in its fifth year. The conference gathers leading experts in the fields of oral history, human rights, and the arts.

The first day of the conference, May 1st, will conclude with a keynote (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) by Stephen Soldz, Director of the Center for Research, Evaluation, and Program Development at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and public activist. Soldz will discuss the uses and impact of psychological torture on those held at Guantanamo and other black sites, and the impact of condoning torture on democracy.

The second day of the conference, May 2nd, will feature a presentation on the WKCR/Center for Jazz Studies Oral History Project. Brent Edwards, a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the co-director of the Project (with Ben Young, the director of WKCR, the Columbia University radio station), will discuss the issues raised by oral history in the performing arts and the   unique approach of the Project, which involves the extensive use of archival material (including recordings, date books, programs, and flyers) in the oral history process.

In connection with this conference, there will be interactive oral history workshops May 2 from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m., taught by OHMA students and alumni, free to the public. Register now for a workshop to reserve your spot.