About the Science & Engineering Division Libraries

Science & Engineering Library


The Science & Engineering Libraries are pleased to annouce that the new Science & Engineering Library at Columbia University opened in the Northwest Corner Building on January 18, 2011. The new library focuses on research support for the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, psychology, and engineering as well as providing a collaborative environment supporting rapidly expanding interdisciplinary science and engineering research. The library features seating and study spaces for 345 students and researchers with spectacular views of the Columbia campus and Morningside Heights.

The Science & Engineering Library is also home to the Digital Science Center, where high-end computers are specially equipped with software and hardware to support teaching, learning, and research in the science and engineering disciplines.

The Hours Calendar includes information about each library's hours of operation.

Geology Library


The Geology Library's collection 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.

The Geology Library is the base for the geoscience collections as well. The geosciences subject scope is broad, including marine biology, physical geography, climatology, and rock mechanics, as well as more traditional areas such as geochemistry, geophysics, and paleomagnetics.  

Mathematics Library


The Mathematics Library houses the mathematics and science holdings in two distinct and separately maintained collections.

The mathematics holdings exceed 37,400 volumes covering all aspects of pure mathematics, including algebra, number theory, geometry, topology, mathematical statistics, and probability. The library currently subscribes to 250 international mathematics serials.

The science collection consists of general and multidisciplinary materials in such areas as the history of science and technology, totaling about 75,000 volumes and over 200 serial subscriptions. Its holdings also include older scientific periodicals and publications of academies and learned societies.