Off-site Library Shelving Facility (ReCAP)
ReCAP is Columbia University Libraries' off-campus shelving facility. ReCAP is short for Research Collections and Preservation Consortium. Columbia University operates ReCAP jointly with Princeton University and New York Public Library.
CUL has accessioned more than 4.3 million objects at ReCAP. On average 300,000 new accessions are currently sent every year. Transferring to ReCAP allows CUL to accommodate new acquisitions, provide larger study spaces and better preserve historical collections.
Faculty, Students, Staff and Visitors
- All patrons with a valid UNI may request physical deliveries.
- Requests submitted before 2:30pm Mon-Fri will be filled in one business day; all requests filled in two business days.
- On-campus visitors please contact Butler Circulation to assist with requesting. Note: some special collections require assistance from staff in the owning department: RBML, Avery Drawings & Archives, Avery Classics, Health Sciences Special Collections, East Asian Special Collections, The Burke Library Archives and Oral History.
- Both physical and electronic delivery are free of charge.
- Use CLIO to request items from ReCAP.
- CU alumni may need to re-activate their UNI.
- If not affiliated with Columbia University, contact the Library Information Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 854-7309.
- Access to the physical text is possible for all off-site volumes.
- Place a physical delivery request via CLIO.
- All campus libraries receive and hold requested items for 14 days.
- Special collections may be deliverable only to the owning library within CUL.
- Circulation policies are similar to on-campus collections.
Electronic Document Delivery (EDD)
- Patrons can request an electronic copy of a single journal article or book chapter (up to 10% of a work).
- Place an EDD request via CLIO. See video tutorial: Requesting Offsite Items for Viewing Online (01:31)
- A complete citation is required. This includes: start & end page numbers, article or chapter title, and author.
- ReCAP staff will send notification email. The message includes a web address and an assigned personal identification number (PIN). Use these to access the electronic document, which you may then print or download.
- The electronic document will remain accessible on the server for 14 days.
- If the requested item cannot be scanned, the physical item will be delivered to the owning library and held for two weeks. CUL staff will send notification email when the physical item is available for consultation and be held for 14 days.