Registration Procedures


In order to use the collections, visitors to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) are required to register their own Special Collections Research Account before their visit and validate it in-person with valid government issued photo identification or Columbia ID.

You will be asked for:

  • A current address
  • Telephone number
  • Other contact information

If you do not have a Columbia identification card, for library access first visit the Library Information Office (LIO), located immediately to the left of the security desk inside the front door of Butler Library. Present a government issued photo ID and tell LIO staff that you are coming to use the Rare Book & Manuscript Library collections. LIO Staff will then issue you a one day access pass to RBML. Access passes for longer periods of time may be arranged; please speak to RBML staff upon your arrival.