Library Status Updates
What's Available & Open Now
- Columbia University now requires the use of disposable surgical masks as opposed to cloth. (A cloth mask worn over a surgical mask is also acceptable.) For other masks such as N95, please follow usage guidelines. Please review the COVID-19 Health Protocols for information about face covering requirements before visiting a library.
- Libraries are monitored for adherence to the Columbia Community Health Compact. Users will be asked to leave the library and referred to Student Conduct for failure to comply.
- Libraries remain open. Hours can be found here. Groups may study in designated reading rooms in libraries. Appropriately-worn masks are required at all times.
- *Visitors may access Butler Library. Visitors must check in for each visit at the Library Information Office in Butler Library during business hours with proof of vaccination, ID, and symptom attestation. Hours can be found here. Please review our Visitors page for more information about the types of visitors permitted to enter Butler at this time, plus important requirements.
- The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is accepting limited appointments for external visiting researchers. Appointments at all other special collections remain open only to current Columbia faculty, students, and staff.
- Video conferencing and group study is allowed in designated rooms. Masks are required at all times. Study space options can be found here.
- Butler Cafe is open. Eating is not curently allowed in library spaces. Drinks are allowed in library spaces in spill-proof containers only.
*Butler Library is allowing building access to a limited number of visitors with research needs and an existing connection to the Columbia University community. Please check the Visitor Page for types of visitors permitted to enter at this time.
Ongoing Access to Online Collections and Help
- Scanning is available from offsite collections and most campus locations. Scanning via Interlibrary Loan has also been enabled. Eligible items will have a "Scan" hyperlink in the CLIO record. Reproductions of small portions will be made in accordance with the Terms of Service. Archival collections, rare books, and some other offsite materials are not eligible to be requested.
- Faculty and instructors can request required course readings be placed on Course Reserves by using our submission form as soon as possible. Library staff will then be in touch with details on the availability of each item. Whenever possible, we will supply electronic copies of materials. Also, consult with an expert about using films in courses.
- Faculty and instructors can request a tailored library instruction session and/or consult with a subject specialist or relevant distinctive collections repository about designing and supporting research assignments and alternative projects in the context of a remote or hybrid learning environment.
- Any library user can get general 1-1 help online by using our Ask a Librarian service.
- Any library user can get 1-1 help online from an expert with questions about copyright or digital methods for research and publishing.
Frequently Asked Questions about Reopening
Many of our collections are always available online, including ebooks (choose “ebooks” on the left before or after any search in CLIO), research databases, digital reproductions from our rare and special collections, and access to health sciences databases and health sciences resources.
If you have questions about the availability of a collection, how to access a collection, or how to make a collection request, please contact us.
- Many software programs and limited-access databases such as the Bloomberg Help Guide that are available remotely through the libraries, or from direct download from CUIT. CUIT also provides access to computer lab technologies for access to many additional software and tools.
- Use Electronic Lab Notebooks to organize and store laboratory data and share information with collaborators.
- Organize your research with citation management tools such as Zotero.
- Browse comprehensive research guides by subject, created by subject specialists.
- Take advantage of access to expert-led online professional development courses and videos with LinkedIn Learning.
- Access research and scholarship produced at Columbia University and its affiliate institutions through Academic Commons.
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