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About Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

About Columbia University Libraries/Information Services


Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is an innovative organization that integrates research library functions with key elements of academic technology services. Ranking as one of the top five academic library systems in the North America, 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.  Services and collections are organized into 21 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates, and employs more than 450 professional and support staff.

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