Borrow Direct Plus @ Columbia University


Overview

Students, faculty and staff from the universities listed below may request on-site borrowing privileges. A paper borrowing card will be issued.

Intitutions participating in reciprocal access and on-site borrowing are listed below along with hyperlinks to the Borrow Direct authentication pages. 

Where do I go to obtain my borrowing card?
 
Please visit the Library Information Office in room 201 Butler Library. This office is located near the main entrance. Office hours: Monday through Friday: 9 am to 5:45 pm, Saturday: 11 am to 5:45 pm, and Sunday: 12 noon to 4:45 pm. Email: lio@columbia.edu. Phone: 212-854-7309.
 
What documents must I present to obtain my borrowing card?
 
You will be asked to show your institutional ID, and a government issued photo ID card. In order to verify that you are a current student or staff member at your institution, you will be asked to log into your Borrow Direct login page at your home insitution. Students and staff from Duke will be asked to log into their My Library Account.
 
What libraries at Columbia may I use?
 
You have physical access and borrowing privileges at all the Columbia libraries except the Law Library, Teachers College, the Health Sciences Library, and Jewish Theological Seminary. Library locations may be found on the campus map
 
Where will I find the hours of the various Columbia University libraries?
 
Library hours may be found here.
 
Where will find information about the various Columbia Libraries?
 
Each library has its own Web page. Please visit this page for details. Information about various study spaces may be found here
 
Are there any restrictions to the resources or services that I can use?
 
  • The maxiumum number of items that may be checked out on your borrowing account is 20.
  • Films on DVD, VHS and Laserdisc and music CDs may not be checked out. 
  • The computers in the computer labs and digital centers may not be used. Public PCs may be used, and are available in most of the libraries. 
  • Hours of access may be restricted in some libraries. For instance, you may use Butler Library from 9 am to 11 pm. During midterms and finals, the Business Library restricts access during the day to Columbia business students and students majoring in economics. 
  • Off campus access to electronic resources is not provided.
  • Guests may not be brought into the libraries.
  • Food may not be brought into the libraries.
  • Lockers (except for day lockers) and study carrels are not provided. 
  • Group study rooms may be used if vacant, but may not be reserved in advance.