About Columbia University Libraries

About Columbia University Libraries


Columbia University Libraries is one of the top five academic research libraries in North America. The collections include over 13 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employs more than 400 staff members and hosts over 4.7 million visitors each year.  

Our library facilities offer gathering places to pursue scholarly research, to learn about and use information technology, to write, to study, and to draw on the rich collections of print and electronic resources. Our newly redesigned information discovery system, CLIO, provides a single point of service, integrating many previously disparate sources of information. Our Digital Centers, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship and the Copyright Advisory Office focus on the purposeful use of technology in learning and teaching – on partnering with researchers and scholars to share new knowledge – and on addressing the relationship between copyright law and the work of the University. 

It is our goal at the Libraries to provide excellent service to students and faculty that will advance their research, teaching, and learning and to support library users anytime and anywhere. The Libraries are moving in a number of exciting directions. Learn more about our Strategic Directions process, the signature initiative of Ann Thornton in her first year as our Vice Provost and University Librarian.