Butler Library Research Services

Reference Services at Butler

Studying in the Reference Room at Butler
The Humanities and History Division at Butler Library is comprised of librarians with subject expertise who support the research and teaching mission of Columbia University

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Research Support Services

  • The reference desk is located in Butler 305 - The Digital Humanities Center (one flight up from the main entrance). It is staffed during reference hours.
  • Telephone reference is available during reference hours: (212) 854-2241.
  • Chat online or IM with a reference librarian via the Ask a Librarian service.
  • E-mail your reference question. Non-Columbia affiliates click here.
  • When the reference desk is closed or if you are starting your research, try library subject guides which give an overview of the major works in a field and strategies for further research.
  • Individual research consultations with a librarian subject specialist are available by appointment to students and faculty working on research projects, such as senior theses, master's essays and doctoral dissertations.
  • Check out the list of Classes & Workshops. You will find classes on Zotero, Photoshop and other programs. Workshops are open to all, while requested research sessions are for Columbia affiliates. In some instances, we offer educational workshops for non-affiliates, but our first priority is Columbia students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Columbia University instructors, contact us to set up an instruction session for your course.

About the Humanities & History Division


The Humanities & History Division at Butler Library provides a range of research support services to Columbia University students, faculty, staff and visiting researchers. There are many ways to get in touch with us and ask questions relating to library resources and services. 

Academic Departments in Humanties and History

Humanities Support in the Libraries

Humanities Library Newsletter Archive

Butler Reference Collection

The size of the on-site reference collection has decreased after an item-level review by the Humanities & History and Global Studies divisions. No titles have been de-accessioned and all are discoverable through CLIO and available for use. If you find a title that you use frequently for teaching and research has moved off-site, please let us know and we can bring it back to campus. 

All foreign language dicitionaries are now located in Butler 303A.

Call Number Guide to the Reference Collection (forthcoming)

Map of the Reference Collection (forthcoming)