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 government issued photo identification or Columbia ID. You will be asked for a current address, telephone number, and 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, tell LIO staff that you are coming to use the Rare Book & Manuscript Library collections, and give them an estimate of the number of days you plan to use the library. The LIO will then issue you a temporary access pass that provides access to RBML.