Category Archives: Using the Libraries

Expansion of Borrow Direct Loan Period

We heard you!

The expanded 16-week loan period for materials requested via Borrow Direct begins July 1, 2017.

The new loan period will be 16 weeks – a full semester – with no renewals. This is a change from our current 6-week loan period plus one 6-week renewal.

Thank you for your feedback. You help to make a great service even greater.

Are there other ways for us to improve?  Please be in touch with your concerns, ideas, and questions.

Borrow Direct Staff

307 Butler Library

(212) 854-7535

Library Closings on Friday 2/8 & Saturday 2/9

Due to the inclement weather, Columbia University Libraries facilities will close at 4:00pm on Friday, February 8.  Butler Library will maintain normal hours as a study hall only during this period.

All facilities will remain closed on Saturday, February 9.  Again, Butler Library will maintain normal hours as a study hall only during this period.

All facilities will reopen and maintain a regular schedule on Sunday, February 10.

More information about weather related closures at Columbia University can be found at

Stay warm and safe!

Faculty Document Delivery Service Expands Beyond Butler Library

Using the Faculty Document Delivery Service, full-time faculty from the Columbia Morningside campus, Barnard, and Union Theological Seminary now can request electronic delivery of journal articles and book chapters from the general print collections in the Avery, Burke, Business & Economics, Butler, East Asian, Engineering, Geology, Journalism, Lehman Social Sciences, Math, Science & Engineering, and Social Work libraries.


Faculty Document Delivery Service requests can be placed via CLIO using the “Document Delivery” link. Materials are delivered electronically to the faculty member’s Interlibrary Loan account within 2-3 business days.


The Faculty Document Delivery Service is the latest Columbia University Libraries service providing electronic access to journal articles and book chapters. The Libraries also offer the Columbia community electronic document delivery of journal articles and book chapters from materials held in our offsite storage facility in Princeton, N.J., and direct access to more than one million electronic books and journals in CLIO.


For more information about the Faculty Document Delivery Service, including service guidelines, see

Deadline Alert: Apply for the Library Research Awards Program by February 15th!

The Columbia University Libraries (CUL) invites applications from scholars and researchers to a program designed to facilitate access to Columbia’s special and unique collections.  CUL will award ten (10) grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult CUL holdings for their work. For more information on how to apply, frequently asked questions, and more, please visit:

REMEMBER, the application deadline is February 15th, 2013.  Don't wait!

Butler Library Wireless Network Upgrade

Welcome Back!

CUIT will upgrade the wireless network in Butler Library next week, January 14-17, 2013. To minimize disruption, the upgrade is scheduled for a phased approach. Work will progress in one room/area at a time, according to the following schedule.

January 14: Floors 1, 2, and 3
January 15: Floors 3, 4, 5, and 6
January 16: Floors 6, 7, 8, and 9
January 17: Stacks

Signs will be posted in a room/area while its wireless network access point is being upgraded. Users can expect a brief wireless outage of 30-60 minutes while work is in progress.

Winter Break Updates From The Libraries

We wish everyone a happy, healthy new year!

If you are still on campus, or returning soon, here's what you need to know:

  • BorrowDirect will be unavailable until January 6.
  • Butler 310 is in the beginning stages of renovation. The Subject Card Catalog has been removed to make room for additional seating and study space. More changes will come through the spring!
  • Hours are varied for each library.  Please check the hours page before visiting.

We hope you have a great winter break!

Graduate Students! Apply For A Digital Centers Internship!

Exciting news!  The Libraries will award 6 internship opportunities within our digital centers on emerging digital tools and research methodologies, collaborating with librarians and technologists in supporting and promoting digital scholarship. 

We are seeking qualified Columbia graduate students; internships pay $20/hour.  Don't delay!  Click here for more information – application deadline is September 15th, 2012.

Congratulations Class Of 2012!

Columbia University Libraries wish to congratulate the class of 2012!  We wish you all success in your future endeavors.

Soon-to-be-Alums, remember: Library access can be lifelong affair! 

Access to licensed electronic databases continues for a period of three months beyond the degree conferral date.

Recent alumni will be able to enter the libraries 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.

Please visit our Alumni & Friends site for more information.

The Digital Humanities Center Hosts Film Night On Wednesday, March 7

On Wednesday, March 7,at 6:00pm, the Digital Humanities Center will be hosting the first of a series of presentations of films done by users and staff of the DHC. 

This first evening, which will be held in Butler room 306, will feature five short films by DHC staff members Jason Alarcon, Kostas Antonopoulos, Michele de Caro, Rachel Israel, and Andy Nguyen, including the film that won Nguyen a trip to the Sundance Festival.  Opportunities to work with digital video will also be highlighted. This event is free an open to public!

From Andy Nguyen's film, "Boomerang"

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a great tool that can help you discover abstracts, full-text articles, and other database content through a simple search interface. The resource provides a search of scholarly literature across a diverse array of subject areas and sources. Here's a reminder on how to most effectively utilize Google Scholar both on-campus and remotely.

You can access the full-text journal and database content provided by Columbia University Libraries directly from Google Scholar. Just type the title of a journal article into Google Scholar and then link directly to Columbia’s full-text via "e-Link@Columbia."  



If you’re on campus and you search Google Scholar, you will automatically see the "e-link @ Columbia" when the content is available from the Libraries. If you’re off campus, there are a few ways to access Columbia Libraries’ content through Google Scholar.

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