Search, Discovery, and Website Relaunch

We encourage you to join the conversation by taking advantage of feedback opportunities, returning to this site for updates, and following us on Twitter @ColumbiaLib throughout the relaunch process. Your feedback and engagement is valuable to us, and we look forward to introducing these new tools!


Welcome to the new, redesigned Libraries Website! We welcome and value your feedback and your participation in our usability testing and other assessments that will begin in late spring. The new site is mobile and touch-screen friendly, provides easier navigation and content organization, and is more dynamic. Other opportunities to preview the new site will be announced, so check back for more information.

CLIO is the new search interface for Columbia University Libraries. Initiate your search from the Libraries homepage or use the full search interface at Feedback about CLIO can be submitted anytime using the Help link within the CLIO interface. The new CLIO uses open source software and is being built locally in cooperation with other research libraries, including Stanford, Virginia and Johns Hopkins. This open source platform will allow us to be more responsive to your feedback.

CLIO has greater flexibility in subject searching, as elements of the record can be searched and combined in a variety of ways. This system will also retrieve article content. Other notable improvements include no limits on the number of records returned and no more time-outs after periods of inactivity. CLIO will continue to change over the coming months. Older versions of CLIO will be available for some time.

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