Music & Arts Library exhibits scores by Marcelo Toledo

The Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library Exhibits scores by Marcelo Toledo

The Music & Arts Library has mounted an exhibition of works by Marcelo Toledo entitled Northern Skies.   Toledo, an Adjunct Assistant Professor Music in the Music Department at Columbia University was born in Argentina in 1964.  His compositions have been presented at International festivals and new music concerts for over 10 years. 

Presented in the exhibition are images of scores entitled Noturno (2010), Dos miradas fugaces a la noche (2012), and Luminous emptiness (2012).  All of these works derive their sonic elements from the images of 21 constellations visible in the northern hemisphere for part of the year.

Toledo’s writes, “A permanent back and forth between sound material and its notation occurs in the representation of musical ideas.  The clear representation of visual materials re-injects new possibilities into the compositional process.  The flexibility of the mechanism of representation expands the musical materials and opens—in an almost rhizomatic way—the intermediate states of the sound/image relationship.”

Toledo’s interest in the visual representation in music was first presented in the solo exhibition Sound Object at The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts in 2004.  

The exhibition is on display near the entrance of the library.  Please visit the Music & Arts Library hours page for viewing times.  

Finals Study Space

We want to ensure you are informed about policy changes regarding access to library facilities during finals this semester.  Upon examination of usage data during the Spring 2013 finals period, we confirmed that study space in the Watson Library of Business & Economics was underutilized on evenings and weekends. Thus, in consultation with student leaders and the Business School administration, we have revised access policies during the upcoming finals period accordingly.

From December 2nd through December 18th, Watson Library will be open to all graduate students, faculty, staff, and to undergraduates in Economics and Business (GS) Monday through Friday from 8am – 7pm.  At all other times the library will be open to all valid Columbia ID holders.  Watson Library will be open until 12am Sundays – Fridays and until 9pm on Saturdays during this period. Watson will also offer extended study hall hours until 3am, open to all, the week of December 8th –  Full listing of hours can be found here.  Others who need library resources or research assistance found only at Watson Library during restricted hours may request access and assistance at the circulation desk.  Watson Library is open to all Columbia affiliates during other times throughout the semester.

We will also continue to extend access during the finals period at other library facilities as follows:

  • The Science & Engineering Library will continue to offer study hall hours until 3am Sundays through Thursdays, running through the end of the semester.
  • Lehman Social Sciences Library will hold study hall hours until 4am seven days a week starting December 2nd.
  • Butler Library will continue to be open for study 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the semester.   Starting November 20th, 24-hour study will be extended to reading rooms on the 5th and 6th floor.

Check the Library Hours page for more information.  Also, please visit the new Study Spaces Open Now feature on the Library hours page, which provides real-time updates about which spaces are currently open, plus hours for that day.  For a full list of study spaces within Libraries facilities, please see our Study Spaces page.

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!