Category Archives: Using the Libraries

What’s Happening with Barnard Library in Spring/Summer 2018

Great news! Barnard’s new Milstein Teaching and Learning Center opens in September 2018. Because moving presents some logistical challenges, including restoring books and archival materials to their shelves and the library catalog, the Barnard Library will suspend access to some services and resources for a time this summer. If you are a Barnard library user, please familiarize yourself with these key dates between May and September

ReCAP Accessions 15 Millionth Item

The country’s largest offsite library shelving facility, the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP), now holds over 15 million items. ReCAP’s 15 millionth item, “Object lessons & the formation of knowledge : the University of Michigan museums, libraries, & collections 1817-2017,” was accessioned April 27, 2018.

In September, the consortium members launched a Shared Collection Initiative, expanding Columbia’s catalog by 7 million records. Columbia faculty, students, and staff now have access to the expanded collection through the Columbia catalog, CLIO. Users can locate additional items in CLIO and request direct delivery to campus.

Ed Cleary (right) and Ian Acker (left), ReCAP staff members, accession the 15th million item, Object lessons & the formation of knowledge : the University of Michigan museums, libraries, & collections 1817-2017.

ReCAP was created in 2000 to support its members’ goals of preserving their library and archival collections and providing access to researchers. ReCAP consists of a preservation repository and resource sharing services, jointly owned and operated by Columbia University, the NYPL, and Princeton, and located on Princeton’s Forrestal Campus. More than 15 million items are currently in ReCAP’s care and used to fulfill approximately 250,000 requests for materials each year, from its partners and from libraries around the world.

Columbia Libraries Partners with Design for America to Address Stress Culture in Butler Library

The Design for America project with Columbia Libraries is a student-led effort working alongside administrators and staff in Butler Library with a mission to improve the student experience at Butler. Based on the results of a survey of more than 200 current students, DFA x CU Libs has prioritized promoting healthy study habits, comfort, and wellness in Butler, with current emphasis on room 202. In the space, you’ll find newly-added footrests and seat cushions for a more comfortable study session as well as posters and stickers that encourage self-care and wellness during even the most hectic weeks of the semester.

Butler 202 is a resource for you as finals approach and the semester ramps up. Please visit Butler 202 to experience some of these ideas in effect, give us your feedback, and tell us what you would like to see in the future!

Visit to learn more.

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.