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 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.

Geoscience Library


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.

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.

Engineering Library


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.