About Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

About Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

Welcome to Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, an innovative organization that integrates research library functions with key elements of academic technology services. While the core features traditionally associated with research libraries continue to play a central role, our services embrace a broader range, extending the conception of the research library. 

At your disposal are 21 libraries including affiliates, a system which ranks as one of the top five academic libraries in the nation. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 current journals and serials, and an extensive collection of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audiovisual materials.

Our library facilities offer wonderful gathering places to pursue scholarly research, to learn about and use information technology, to write, to study, and to draw on our 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. The Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, 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. Our success is enabled by the outstanding work of more than 500 professionals and support staff who build and manage our collections and technologies and provide strong and innovative services for the Columbia community.

The Libraries are moving in a number of exciting directions. The 2014-2015 Strategic Plan provides an overview of our current objectives.


James G. Neal
Vice President for Information Services
and University Librarian