Off-site Library Shelving Facility (ReCAP)

Off-site Library Shelving Facility (ReCAP)


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 4.6 million books and archives 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

Physical Delivery

  • 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.
  • 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.