Five reminders about using the Libraries in person

Reserving a study seat is quick and easy, including just before you come. You can reserve a seat any time prior to arrival for up to four hours per day. Multiple reservations (in different locations) are allowed. Video conferencing is allowed in designated rooms. Masks must be worn at all times.You will be asked to leave […]

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SimplyE, a mobile app for ebooks, comes to Columbia

Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of SimplyE for Columbia, a free mobile app that brings together ebooks from our collection and makes them accessible all in one place. Initially developed and launched by the New York Public Library, SimplyE helps Columbia’s Libraries improve the reading experience and makes available ebooks from […]

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Extended Library Hours Beginning March 7

Beginning March 7 through the end of Spring term (April 23), the Science and Engineering Library will be open until midnight Sundays through Wednesdays in response to student requests for extended hours. Six libraries are currently open for study space to students, faculty, and staff. To enter and use library study spaces, you must make a reservation, […]

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Declassified government documents held in the Libraries’ collections are now significantly easier to search and discover

Columbia University Libraries and the History Lab are pleased to announce an important milestone in a multi-year project to significantly improve the discoverability of declassified government documents held in the Libraries’ collection via the Freedom of Information Archive (FOIArchive). Integration of the U.S. based collections of the archive in the Columbia Libraries’ catalog now enables […]

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Update on Library Hours for Thanksgiving Weekend

All libraries will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving, a University holiday. Butler Library will be OPEN on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29; all other libraries will be closed on those days. Normal library hours for the fall semester will resume on Monday, November 30. Six libraries […]

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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: Browse Collections Access millions of our collections online through CLIO. To request scans of print materials, look for the “Scan” […]

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Six Libraries Open for Study Space by Reservation

Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce that six libraries are now open for study space by appointment or reservation to Columbia University students who are approved to return to campus. Seats may be reserved for up to two hours per day in Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Business & Economics Library, Butler Library, […]

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Columbia University Libraries Expands Book Pick-up Service

Update: As of August 10, the Libraries further expanded its Book Pick-up Service to also include materials from the Health Sciences Library (to be picked up from the Health Sciences Library) and select, newly-circulating items from Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library (picked up from the plaza-level rear exit of Avery Hall). The Libraries also resumed […]

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Columbia University Libraries Launches Book Pick-Up Service

Columbia University Libraries launched this week a book pick-up service that enables current Columbia University students, staff, and faculty to request and pick up library materials from participating library locations. The book pick-up service is one of several library services that resumed in recent weeks, including book returns and scanning of materials from offsite collections […]

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40% of Columbia’s print collections are now temporarily available in digital format following the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service announcement. Here’s how to access those materials.

HathiTrust, a partnership of academic and research institutions offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world, announced an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) this week. The service will allow students, faculty, and staff from eligible member libraries (including Columbia University) to have online reading access to materials that are currently […]

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