Libraries


Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

Located in Avery Hall, the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library collects books and periodicals in architecture, historic preservation, art history, painting, sculpture, graphic arts, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archaeology. The Library contains more than 500,000  volumes and receives approximately 2,300 periodicals.  More...


Barnard College Library

Barnard College Library (Columbia University Affiliate)

Located in Lehman Hall on the Barnard campus, the Barnard College Library contains approximately 6,000 reference books, primarily in the social sciences and the humanities. Reference librarians are available during daytime, evening and weekend hours to provide assistance in finding information through printed and electronic sources.  More...


Burke Library

Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Located on the campus of Union Theological Seminary, the Burke Library is the largest theological library in the western hemisphere, containing rich collections for theological study and research. With holdings of over 700,000 items, the Library is recognized as one of the premier libraries in its field and includes extensive holdings of unique and special materials.  More...

 

Business & Economics Library

Business & Economics Library (Watson)

Located in Uris Hall, the Watson Library of Business and Economics houses one of the largest collections in the U.S. for the study of management, finance, economics, industry and related fields. The library's collection reflects an emphasis on the economics of developed and developing nations, international business conditions and practices, global trade, emerging markets and international securities trading.  More...

 

Butler Library

Butler Library

Butler Library houses 2 million volumes which comprise the University's collections in the humanities, with particular strengths in history, government documents, social sciences, literature, philosophy and religion. The building also houses numerous service points, including the Libraries Information Office, the Rare Book & Manuscripts Library, and the Milstein Undergraduate Library.  More...

 

Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research

Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research

CHRDR supports the community of teachers, researchers, students, and law and social justice advocates working in the multidisciplinary sphere of Human Rights, through collections, services and public programs, and is the official repository for the archives of major Human Rights organizations including Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch and others.  More...

 

Oral History Research Office

Columbia Center for Oral History

Located in Butler Library, the Columbia Center for Oral History is the oldest and largest organized oral history program in the world. Founded in 1948 by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Allan Nevins, the oral history collection now contains nearly 8,000 taped memoirs, and nearly 1,000,000 pages of transcript. These memoirs include interviews with a wide variety of historical figures.  More...

 

Columbia University Archives

Columbia University Archives

Located in Butler Library on the 6th Floor, within the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the University Archives contains historical records, published materials, and objects relating to the history of Columbia University, 1754 to the present.  More...

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Digital Humanities Center

Digital Humanities Center

Located in Butler Library, the Digital Humanities Center (DHC) is a research and instructional facility of the Columbia University Libraries designed to help Columbia faculty and students incorporate computer-based textual and bibliographic information into their research, study, and teaching.  More...

 

Digital Science Center

Digital Science Center

The Digital Science Center in the Science & Engineering Library fulfills the vision of Columbia Libraries to consolidate and redefine library spaces for the 21st century. Working with the University Science departments, the Libraries have defined a set of services to meet the research and teaching needs of University science programs, with a focus on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology.  More...

 

Digital Social Science Center

Digital Social Science Center

Located in Lehman Library, the Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) brings together people, equipment, and information resources in an environment where users can work collaboratively, individually, or in consultation with a librarian and/or technology specialist. The Data Service is a part of the DSSC and supports instruction and research that involve numeric and geospatial data resources.

 

East Asian Library (Starr)

East Asian Library (Starr)

Located in Kent Hall, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States, with nearly 750,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongol, Manchu, and Western-language materials and over 5,000 periodical titles.  More...

 

Engineering Library

Engineering Library (Monell)

Located in the Mudd Building, the Ambrose Monell Engineering Library has a collection of more than 216,000 volumes and receives about 900 serials. The collection includes civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering; computer science; metallurgy; mining; operations research; applied physics; applied mathematics; and nuclear engineering.  More...

 

Geology Library

Geology Library

Located in Schermerhorn Hall, the Geology Library's collection of over 93,000 volumes and 1,200 serial subscriptions is particularly strong in the areas of traditional terrestrial geology. Extensive collections of state and foreign geological surveys and societies go back to the 18th century. Subject areas collected include mineralogy, petrology, sedimentology, hydrology, stratigraphy, and paleontology.  More...

 

Geoscience Library

Geoscience Library at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Located in Lamont Hall at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Geoscience Library houses 30,000 volumes and subscribes to approximately 500 journals. The subject scope of the collection is broad, including marine biology, physical geography, climatology, and rock mechanics, in addition to geochemistry, geophysics, and paleomagnetics.  More...

 

Global Studies

Global Studies (formerly Area Studies)

Distributed throughout various libraries, Global Studies at Columbia consists of the following individual collections (see each library for region-specific information on collections, services and resources): African Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American & Iberian Studies, Middle East & Islamic Studies, Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies, South & Southeast Asian Studies.  More...

 

Health Sciences Library

Health Sciences Library

Located in the Hammer Building on Columbia's Medical Center campus, the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library serves Columbia University's schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, and public health, as well as other health care, instructional and research programs at the Columbia University Medical Center and the New York Presbyterian Hospital. The Library is one of the largest academic health sciences libraries in the country. More...

 

Jewish Theological Seminary Library

Jewish Theological Seminary Library (Columbia University Affiliate)

The Library contains a collection of core classic Judaic texts, standard works, commentaries, discourse, encyclopedias, concordances, dictionaries, atlases, indexes, festschriften and an extensive section of bibliographies in all fields of Judaica. It also houses over 1,000 periodicals, a music collection, and other educational resources.  More...

 

Journalism Library

Journalism Library

The Journalism Library features a small collection of reference books, circulating books, and current periodicals, as well as the most recent five years' of Master's projects completed by graduates of the School. Reference works include dictionaries, guides, handbooks, directories, atlases, and style and usage manuals.  More...

 

Law Library

Law Library

Located in Jerome L. Green Hall, the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library holds over one million volumes, including books, serials, and microforms. 200+ computers or LAN jacks and several wireless nodes facilitate access to extensive online subscription content.  More...

 

Lehman Social Sciences Library

Lehman Social Sciences Library

Located in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Building, The Lehman Social Sciences Library holds a contemporary collection of more than 330,000 volumes and approximately 1,700 current periodical titles. It includes materials in political science, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, political geography, journalism, and environmental science, and houses DSSC, Maps, and U.S. Government Documents.  More...

 

Mathematics Library

Mathematics Library

Located in the Mathematics building, the Mathematics Library holds two distinct collections. Mathematics holdings exceed 37,400 volumes covering algebra, number theory, geometry, topology, statistics, and probability. The science collection, totaling about 75,000 volumes, consists of general and multidisciplinary materials including the history of science and technology.  More...

 

Milstein Undergraduate Library

Milstein Undergraduate Library

Located on Butler's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors, the Philip L. Milstein Family College Library provides materials and services geared toward Columbia's undergraduates. The collection holds about 100,000 volumes, and is especially strong in history, literature, and the social sciences supporting the undergraduate curricula in Columbia College, General Studies, and to a limited extent, SEAS.  More...

 

Music & Arts Library

Music & Arts Library (Wiener)

Located in Dodge Hall, the Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library's onsite collection totals over 60,000 printed items, including monographs and serials on western and non-western music, as well as music scores; 20,000 sound and video recordings in multiple formats; CD-ROM indexes and multi-media titles; and several hundred microforms of scholarly interest.  More...

 

Off-site Shelving Facility (ReCAP)

Off-site Shelving Facility (ReCAP)

Located in Plainsboro, NJ, the ReCAP shelving facility helps alleviate overcrowded conditions in the stacks to create larger, on-campus study areas and better preserve historical collections. Operated jointly with the New York Public Library and Princeton University, the ReCAP facility currently holds over 8 million items from the three institutions. A courier service provides delivery of requested items to campus within two business days.  More...

 

Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Located on Butler Library's 6th floor, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library is home to many of Columbia's greatest treasures. The library contains cuneiform tablets, papyri, ostraca, astronomical and mathematical instruments, maps, works of art, photographs, posters, early printing presses and papermaking equipment, type specimens, sound and moving image recordings, theater set models, puppets, masks, ephemera and memorabilia.  More...

 

Science & Engineering Library

Science & Engineering Library

The new Science & Engineering Library, located in the Northwest Corner Building, focuses on research support for the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, and psychology. It provides a collaborative environment supporting rapidly expanding interdisciplinary science and engineering research. The library features seating and study spaces for 345 students and researchers.  More...

 

 Social Work Library

Social Work Library

Located in the Columbia School of Social Work, the Social Work Library contains more than 75,000 volumes, comprising one of the world's premiere social work and social services collections. It provides comprehensive coverage of the various areas of social work including child welfare, gerontology, health and health care, international social welfare, marriage and the family, and social policy.  More...

 

Teachers College Library

Teachers College Library (Columbia University Affiliate)

Located in Russell Hall at Teachers College, the Milbank Memorial Library is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive research libraries in education. The scope of the collections reflects the historic commitment to advanced study in education, psychology, and the health professions, including about 500,000 printed volumes together with substantial non-print collections.  More...