Category Archives: Announcements

General Library announcements, not specific to Starr.

Friday schedule adjustment

Please note that, in connection with an event, our reading room will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, September 25, 2015.  The stacks will remain open as usual until 6:45 PM, and doors will close to non-participants at 7:00 PM.

Also note that, in connection with preparations for the same event, the south-east alcove and part of the table under the stained glass window will be unavailable that same day from noon onward.  Signs will be posted accordingly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your cooperation.

The library will be back to its normal schedule on Saturday.

HathiTrust Digital Library now offers 80,000 Japanese volumes

The HathiTrust Digital Library is "an international community of research libraries committed to the long-term curation and availability of the cultural record.  Through their common efforts and deep commitment to the public good, the libraries support the teaching and learning activities of the faculty, students or researchers at their home institutions, and the scholarly needs of the broader public as well."

Currently the partnership includes over 80 members mainly from North America–and including Columbia–but membership is open to institutions worldwide.

Recently more than 80,000 volumes from Keio University were deposited into HathiTrust.  These materials dramatically increase HathiTrust’s Japanese-language holdings.  Keio University will be providing more information about the materials included in the deposit in coming weeks.  The volumes represent the largest deposit in HathiTrust of materials from a non-partner institution.  Many of these titles are full-text rare materials, and are copyright cleared.  34,415 titles (20,065 in full-view) have been loaded so far.  For a quick look at these volumes have a look at

Coming up, Open Access Week!

Open Access Week is a global event now in its 6th year, which promotes open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Open access (OA) content is online, freely accessible, and has relatively few or no restrictions on reuse. As The Open Access Week website argues, we at Columbia should be advocating for open access because it has "the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship."

All next week (October 21-25) at Columbia, folks from the Scholarly Communication Program, an initiative of Columbia's Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, along with friends at Columbia Libraries/Information Services, will be out on College Walk (next to the Sundial) from 9am-4pm talking to students, faculty, and staff about open access, its benefits, and why it's relevant to them. They will also be asking anyone and everyone to sign a petition in favor of an open access resolution for their department, which calls for faculty members and officers of administration to make their research articles freely available to the public through online repositories, such as Academic Commons, Columbia’s open access digital repository. They will also be making buttons and giving out an absurd amount of cookies, and look forward to seeing you all out on campus! Here's to open access and sharing knowledge.

For a full listing of all Open Access Week events happening worldwide, visit the official Open Access Week website here. Columbia's event is listed on the Open Access Week website here.

Coming up: East Asian Library Resources sessions

Do you want to learn more about the many resources available for East Asian Studies?

During the first week of October we will be offering sessions for each of our languages explaining those resources, and the best way to use them in your research.  See the schedule below.


Tuesday, October 1                 9:30 AM               Western language resources

Tuesday, October 1                 12:30 PM             Tibetan language resources

Tuesday, October 1                 2:00 PM               Japanese language resources

Wednesday, October 2            2:30 PM               Korean language resources

Thursday, October 3               4:30 PM               Chinese language resources


The sessions will take place in our Kress Seminar Room (access via the 200 stack level) and will last approximately one hour.  No sign-up is needed.


We encourage your attendance, and look forward to seeing you there.

More Library Tours

In recent days we have been offering tours of our library.  If you have not had the opportunity yet to attend one, there are more tours scheduled for today and tomorrow, so be sure to catch one, and learn how to find your way around (and pick up on some fun trivia along the way!).  The following sessions are still available:

Tuesday 9/10  @  11:00 AM

Tuesday 9/10  @  3:00 PM

Tuesday 9/10  @  7:00 PM

Wednesday 9/11  @ 11:00 AM

Wednesday 9/11  @  3:00 PM

No sign-up needed; tours last approximately one hour, and start at the library service desk.

We look forward to welcoming you to Starr!

Take a tour of Starr

C. V. Starr East Asian Library

300 Kent Hall


Library Tours, Fall 2013

Thursday 9/5  @  11:00 AM

Thursday 9/5  @  3:00 PM


Friday 9/6  @  10:30 AM


Saturday 9/7  @  2:00 PM


Monday 9/9  @  3:00 PM


Tuesday 9/10  @  11:00 AM

Tuesday 9/10  @  3:00 PM

Tuesday 9/10  @  7:00 PM


Wednesday 9/11  @  11:00 AM

Wednesday 9/11  @  3:00 PM

No sign-up needed; tours last approximately one hour, and start at the library service desk.

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.