Services for Faculty

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top three academic research libraries in North America with a collection of over 13 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources and special collections. There are over 450 languages represented in the collections and a range of staff with deep knowledge of world regions and subject areas.


Consult with library staff members, who build collections in disciplinary areas, advise on new research tools and methods, and support student success and research instruction.

Place library items on Course Reserves for your students, such as books, journal articles, video recordings, CDs, and DVDs.

Request electronic delivery of articles and book chapters for personal research use from our general print collections with Scan and Deliver

Visit or contact our Copyright Advisory Office, which supports faculty in understanding copyright and how it relates to research, course materials, and scholarly communications.

Deposit research into Academic Commons, our digital repository that is freely available to the public.

Apply for funding from our Columbia Open-Access Publication fund, which will underwrite article-processing fees for open-access journals when funds are not otherwise available.

Utilize highly specialized technology, software, and expertise in our spaces and through our website.

Borrow circulating materials with a Columbia ID, or deputize full-time students or staff to borrow materials on your behalf.

Access countless other library facilities, collections, and resources through a wide-reaching system of partnerships and consortia.

Take advantage of our teaching resources and library instruction sessions, which can be tailored to meet your course needs.


Getting Started

Our Research Support services provide both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary assistance. Specialized CourseWorks research guides can be created for disciplines, for an area within a discipline, or for a specific course that are then accessed directly from CourseWorks. Contact your subject specialist for more information.

Our teaching support includes course- and discipline-specific library instruction opportunities, library workshops covering a range of topics from specialized software to citation management, and a wealth of services provided by the Columbia Center for Teaching & Learning. You can also arrange a Class Visit to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML).