I am a graduate of Columbia University, Barnard College or Union Theological Seminary. May I use Columbia's libraries? How can I get an Alumni Library Card?


Question:

I am a graduate of Columbia University, Barnard College or Union Theological Seminary. May I use Columbia's libraries? How can I get an Alumni Library Card?

Answer:

Yes, Alumni with degress from Columbia University, Barnard College, or Union Theological Seminary are welcome to use the libraries.

The University issues photo identification cards to alumni. These photo ID cards allow greater security both for library users and collections. The ID cards also grant easier access to those libraries in which electronic card access reader devices have been installed.  Alumni who wish to borrow books may obtain borrowing privileges for a $30 monthly fee.  Borrowing privileges may not be used at the Law School, Teachers College or the Health Sciences libraries. Alumni of Teachers College must obtain their alumni cards in Whittier Hall. Recent Columbia alumni will retain some library privileges,including access to licensed electronic databases for a period of three months beyond the last semester that they were registered.

To obtain or renew your Alumni Library Card, visit the Library Information Office.

Upon presentation of your government issued photo ID and the verification of your alumni status, the Alumni Library Card will be issued to you.

With the implementation of the New University ID card, you must now stop by the Library Information Office in person to pick up your Alumni ID--you can no longer get this card issued by mail.

If you have any questions, or if we can be of any further assistance, please contact us.

More information about benefits and services for Alumni.