Monthly Archives: December 2012

Holiday and Intersession Schedule

The Library will be closed from Saturday December 22 through Tuesday December 25 (Christmas Day)

The Library will be open 9:00 AM-7:00 PM from Wednesday December 26 through Friday December 28

The Library will be closed from Saturday December 29 through Tuesday January 1, 2013 (New Year's Day)

During Intersession, January 2-20, the Library will be open weekdays 9:00 AM-7:00 PM, and closed on weekends

The Library will be closed Monday January 21 (Martin Luther King Day)

Our normal schedule will resume on Tuesday January 22, 2013

During this entire period our rare book reading hours will be according to the usual schedule, but librarians will be on-call instead of on site. If, during this period, you wish to make use of our rare and special collections, please report to the front desk staff

For day-to-day information about our hours, please refer to the hours calendar on our website


From all of us in the Starr Library

Happy Holidays and Very Best Wishes for 2013

We look forward to, once again, seeing and assisting you in the New Year

Online Presentations Archive

No less than twelve digital remarks and presentations of last year's symposium "The Makino Collection at Columbia: the Present and Future of an Archive" have just been made available for online viewing on Columbia's YouTube channel.  They are linked from the symposium's webpage, and will also be added to an upcoming special section on our Rare Books, Special Collections, and Archives page.

These digital presentations are the first in a series that will form a digital library of research on and online access to the unique archival materials at the Starr Library.  More presentations on a number of different subjects have been recorded and will be added in the foreseeable future.  We hope and trust that this digital library will proof to be of interest and use to a global community of scholars. So stay tuned!

First Anniversary of Miwa Kai’s passing

Today, December 10, marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Ms. Miwa Kai.    


In her honor we have placed flowers and her memorial photo at the circulation desk of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library.

We all miss Ms. Kai for her energy, wit, and smile. Since this is the giving time of the year, we would like to remind you of the Miwa Kai Fund her family is establishing in her honor. The following are her family’s remarks on the fund:

“The Kai Family welcomes contributions to the Miwa Kai Fund, which supports the Japanese Collection at the Starr East Asian Library at Columbia that Ms. Miwa Kai dedicated her life to. All donations (in check) should be made payable to The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, with ‘Miwa Kai Fund’ on the memo line, and sent to Columbia University Libraries, Butler Library Room 6M59,  535 West 114th Street, New York, NY 10027.”

It is also possible to wire contributions to this fund through the Wells Fargo Bank.  If you wish to make use of this option, please contact our Japanese Studies Librarian, Sachie Noguchi (212-854-1506) for instructions.