Columbia University Library Privileges

 

The table below describes library privileges based upon a user's role.

Questions or comments should be sent to lio@columbia.edu, or you may contact Library Information Office staff by calling 212-854-7309. 

Below this table are additional details about library cards and services. 

 

Role Reading  Borrowing  Loan Period Borrow Direct Interlibrary Loan Scan- Deliver ReCAP  E resources Remote Computer Labs
2CUL yes yes 120 days for most materials no no no yes no must use public PCs
Barnard Alumnae yes must purchase 4 weeks for most materials no no no yes if borrowing privileges purchased yes -  limited to alumni portal must use public PCs
Barnard Retirees - Officers yes yes semester loan for most materials yes yes yes yes yes must use public PCs
Borrow Direct Plus yes yes 4 weeks for most materials no no no yes no must use public PCs
CU Alumni yes must purchase 4 weeks for most materials no no no yes if borrowing privileges purchased yes -  limited to alumni portal must use public PCs
CU Contractor assigned by Public Safety must purchase 4 weeks for most materials no no no yes no must use public PCs
CU Emeriti yes yes semester loan for most materials yes yes yes yes yes must use public PCs
CU Officer Guest yes must purchase 4 weeks for most materials no no no no no must use public PCs
# CU Retirees - staff & officers yes yes semester or 4 week loan yes yes no yes yes must use public PCs
CU Student Guest yes - weekends only no n/a no no no no no must use public PCs
Fee Paying Visitors yes yes 4 weeks for most materials no no no yes no must use public PCs
Role Reading  Borrowing  Loan Period Borrow Direct Interlibrary Loan Scan- Deliver ReCAP  E resources Remote Computer Labs
JTS yes yes 4 weeks for most materials no no no yes no must use public PCs
MaRLI yes yes semester loan for most materials no no no yes no must use public PCs
Metro Card Referral yes no n/a no no no no no must use public PCs
NYTS yes yes 4 weeks for most materials no no no yes no must use public PCs
NYU yes must purchase 4 weeks for most materials no no no no no must use public PCs
NYU MaRLI* yes yes 120 days for most materials no no no yes no must use public PCs
Science Honors yes  yes - science libraries only 4 weeks for most materials no no no no no must use public PCs
Role Reading  Borrowing  Loan Period Borrow Direct Interlibrary Loan Scan- Deliver ReCAP  E resources Remote Computer Labs
Seminar Associates yes yes 4 weeks for most materials no no no yes yes
must use public PCs
SHARES Visitors yes must purchase n/a no no no no no must use public PCs
***Spouse - Domestic Partner yes only officer spouses 4 weeks for most materials no no no yes no must use public PCs
TC Alumni yes must purchase 4 weeks for most materials no no no yes if borrowing privileges purchased yes -  limited to alumni portal must use public PCs
TC Retirees - Officers
yes
yes semester loan for most materials
yes yes yes yes yes must use public PCs
UTS Alumni yes must purchase 4 weeks for most materials no no no yes no must use public PCs
Visiting Scholar** yes yes semester loans for most materials yes with active borrowing record yes with active borrowing record yes
yes yes must use public PCs

 

  • There may be a fee for paper reader cards or photo ID cards.
  • Columbia students have guests privileges only on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Library Information Office staff create roles and photo ID cards for Columbia and Barnard alumni, Friends of Library, Jewish Theological Seminary and New York Theological students and staff, and *spouse cards for Columbia officers and students only. Barnard and Teachers College students and staff should check with their institutions about spouse cards and privileges. 
  • Library Information Office staff create paper cards for NYU, SHARES, MaRLI, 2CUL, and Borrow Direct Plus patrons. 
  • Provost appointed visiting scholars, seminar associates, and CU retirees pick up their CU photo IDs in the ID Center in Kent Hall. 
  • TC alumni must pick up their ID cards in Whittier Hall on the TC campus. 
  • Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College officers may sponsor guests by sending an email to lio@columbia.edu. This is generally a one-time privilege that is valid for thirty days. 
  • Public PCS may be found in most of the CU libraries except the Science and Engineering Library. Please ask library staff where these PCs are located. 
  • Access to the stacks is limited to the circulating collections in the Columbia libraries. 
  • The Business Library and Law Library have restricted access during midterm and final examinations. 
  • In Butler Library 24 hour access is restricted to current Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College students, faculty and staff. 
  • * NYU MaRLI. Faculty and doctoral students only. Must register through the NYU registration form. 
  • ** Provost appointed visiting scholars only. 
  • *** Spouses and domestic partners of Columbia students or faculty. Barnard and TC students or faculty should check with their home institutions about library privileges and cards.
  • # Columbia support staff and officers who retire and have been employed ten or more years are entitled to a continuation of their library privileges. The retiree ID is picked up in the ID Center in Kent Hall. The retiree role is created by Human Resources. Generally excluded from the retiree role are adjuncts and contractors.