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, and psychology, 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 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 Geoscience Library collection represents a core collection of the most frequently used and cited earth science journals. The subject scope is broad, including marine biology, physical geography, climatology and climate change, dendrochronology, and rock mechanics, as well as more traditional areas such as geochemistry, geophysics, seismology, and paleomagnetics. Material is shuttled between the Geoscience and Geology Libraries daily to avoid duplication.
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.
The Engineering Library houses a print collection of more than 50,000 volumes pertaining to all areas of engineering as well as applied physics, applied mathematics, and computer science. It covers biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering; computer science; operations research; and applied physics and applied mathematics. The electronic collection includes outstanding handbooks and reference works, databases, and electronic journals.
The library features quiet and group study spaces for 165 students as well as 18 Dell workstations equipped with a wide range of software, 6 internet-only workstations, 2 scanners, 2 networked printers and 1 photocopier.
Biological Sciences Collection
The Biological Sciences collection includes over 52,000 volumes and subscribes to about 335 serials. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and neurobiology. The areas of population and evolutionary biology, and plant physiology are also collected at a research level.
The Chemistry collection includes outstanding reference sets, online indexes, monographs, and broad subscription of chemistry electronic journals . The holdings show strength in organic, inorganic, physical and theoretical chemistry, organic and natural products synthesis, chemical reactions, catalysis, polymerization, stereochemistry, solid state chemistry, photochemistry, and electrochemistry.
Physics & Astronomy Collection
The Physics & Astronomy collection contains 36,000 volumes and 300 periodical titles.
The physics holdings, which make up two-thirds of the collection, emphasize theoretical and experimental atomic, nuclear and particle physics, relativity, quantum theory, mathematical physics, high energy physics, optics, radiation, and radioactivity. Additionally, material on mechanics, heat, electricity, fluids, acoustics, magnetism, thermodynamics, spectrometry, solid state physics, and some molecular and chemical physics are collected to support faculty research.
The Psychology collection collection is strong in the area of experimental psychology as related to social psychology, personality, cognition, perception, sensation, psychophysics, memory, decision making, and physiological psychology; animal learning and behavior; and neuroscience. In addition, the collection houses material in the areas of history of psychology and statistics as it applies to psychological research, and about 70 related videos.