Students and faculty of other universities outside the New York metropolitan area from SHARES institutions are granted reading privileges on a semester basis. Faculty of universities outside the New York metropolitan area are granted reading privileges for a limited period of time. Others may purchase reading privileges. Please contact staff in the Library Information Office for details. Appropriate credentials are required. There is a charge for extended use of the collections. The fee for Reading Privileges is $55 per month; the fee for Borrowing Privileges is $100 per month. To register for privileges, come to the Library Information Office. Please confirm the hours before planning your visit, and please bring with you a government-issued photo ID card.
Please note that reader cards will not be issued to students and faculty from other universities during final examinations unless the universities are SHARES members.
Visitors who want to use the CU Libraries for a year, may wish to consider the Friends of the Columbia Libraries program.Visitors may purchase reading privileges through the Friends program for an annual fee of $500. There is also a $5 fee for the photo ID card.
For information about the credentials necessary to qualify for privileges, write the Library Information Office, 201 Butler Library, Columbia University Library, 535 West 114th Street, New York, NY 10027 , or call 212.854.7309, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.