Libraries Research Awards Program


The Libraries Research Awards awards ten (10) annual grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult Columbia University Libraries/Information Services holdings for their work.  The award was established in 2011 and invites applications from scholars and researchers who may benefit from access to Columbia‚Äôs special and unique collections. Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Butler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries' Global Studies Collections.



The program is open to all US citizens and to Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).  Persons holding J-1 or F-1 exchange visitor or student visas are not eligible at this time.  Columbia University Libraries is not able to assist with obtaining visas.  Preference will be given to those applicants residing outside the greater New York metropolitan area who need to travel to New York City to conduct their research.



We are no longer accepting applications for 2015. The Deadline was: February 28, 2015.

Look for a call for applications in late December 2015 or early January 2016.

Past Projects

Frequently Asked Questions

What may I use the award for?   
There are no restrictions. However, it is expected that the award will be used to directly defer costs associated with visiting the Libraries to conduct research.

Will Columbia help me find housing in New York City during my visit?   
No. Researchers are responsible for making their own travel and living arrangements.  The Columbia Housing website, however, does provide information that might be useful for planning purposes.

Is the award taxable?
Yes. Successful applicants will be required to complete a Form W-9, which will be submitted to the government by Columbia for income reporting purposes.

Will I be required to attend any seminars or present any papers during my visit?
No.  The purpose of this program is to facilitate the conduct of research.  The only requirements of the award are a brief report at the conclusion of your project here summarizing your work and accounting for your expenses.

Will Columbia lend me a laptop to use during my visit?
No.  Researchers should bring or purchase whatever tools they will need to omplete their projects.

Will Columbia provide me with free copying services during my visit?
No, but the award can be used to defray all expenses associated with your visit.

Will I get free borrowing from the Columbia University Libraries?
No. Here is some information on who is eligible for reading and borrowing privileges.

Who can I contact if I have a question?
Please send questions to