Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/ is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.
The Herbert H. Lehman Suite & Papers at Columbia University was founded in 1971 to serve the Columbia academic community as an educational outreach division of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Lehman Suite houses the personal and official papers of Governor Herbert H. Lehman (1878–1963), as well as fifteen related collections. Lehman, born on March 28, 1878, served as Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1929 to 1932, Governor of New York from 1933 to 1942, Director General of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration from 1943 to 1946, and Democratic Senator of New York from 1949 to 1957. The Lehman Suite also includes a fine collection of rare books and Judaica bearing on the history of the Lehman era. For more information, see: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/lehsuite/.