How to Use the Libraries as an Alum (Plus, New Databases!)
Did you know that alumni of Columbia University enjoy free, lifetime access to library facilities as well as free, off-campus access to dozens of journals and databases, including four new resources? Learn how to put your alumni benefits to use.
Researcher Profile | Leïla Morsy on the Closure of Black Medical Schools
Senior Lecturer at Flinders University Leïla Morsy visited the Rare Book & Manuscript Library to examine how powerful philanthropies in the early 20th century restructured medical education, creating long-lasting legacies that persist today.
Research at the RBML | Scott Spillman on Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick
Historian Scott Spillman details the numerous collections in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library that he consulted for a forthcoming book, including the papers of Columbia professor and writer Eric L. McKitrick (1919-2002).
In Pictures: Columbia’s Next President Minouche Shafik Visits Butler Library and Views Collections
Following an announcement on January 18 that Nemat “Minouche” Shafik will become the 20th president of Columbia University, she embarked on a welcome tour of the University, including a visit to Butler Library.
The Katie Geneva Cannon Digital Collection
The Katie Geneva Cannon Digital Collection, part of the Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship at the Burke Library, will facilitate access to digitized materials from the papers of the late professor and theologian, including drawings and sermons.
Research at the RBML | Marija Dalbello Delves into the Industrial Workers of the World Collections
Professor Marija Delabello of Rutgers University takes an international perspective in her work with the Industrial Workers of the World collection, held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, which documents the efforts of the 20th-century union.
Columbia University Press | Why Historically Black Colleges and Universities Are Vital and Valuable to the U.S. Higher Education System
Scholars James V. Koch and Omari H. Swinton, who authored "Vital and Valuable: The Relevance HBCUs for American Life and Education" from Columbia University Press, comment on the importance of historically Black colleges and universities to the U.S. higher education system.
The Nelson Memo: Preparing for Updated Federal Public Access Policies
The Libraries works to comply with new guidelines, set forth in August of 2022, that seek to ensure "broad and expeditious sharing of federally-funded research" so that the public may "benefit from the returns on our research and development investments without delay."
A World Room Welcome
Dean of the School of Journalism Jelani Cobb announced the 20th president of Columbia University, Nemat “Minouche” Shafik, in the World Room of the Journalism School, in front of a stained glass window that bears the Statue of Liberty. University archivists share its history.
C.V. Starr East Asian Library Temporary Closure: Summer and Fall 2023
The C.V. Starr East Asian Library will be closed for critical improvements to its fire alarm and fire suppression technologies from May 2023 through January 2024. The library's collections and services will be modified during this time.
Announcing the 2022-2023 Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award Program Recipients
To contribute to the University's overall Commitment to Antiracism, the Libraries awards 14 internal grants for projects that seek to address racism and exclusion as part of the inaugural Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award Program.