Your Libraries Online

Although our physical locations are open for study space and special appointment only, we are committed to maintaining a vibrant online site of learning at the center of the University’s intellectual activities. 

Teaching Support Services

  • To place material on reserve for your course, make a request 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.
  • Consult with an expert about using films in courses.

  • Access millions of our collections online through CLIO
  • Access an expanded corpus of digital reproductions and descriptions of items from our rare and special collections. 
  • Scanning is available from offsite collections and select campus locations. Scanning via Interlibrary Loan is also enabled. Eligible items will have a “scan” link in the CLIO record. Reproductions of small portions will be made in accordance with the Terms of Service.

  • Contact a subject specialist or the relevant distinctive collections repository as soon as possible to consult about designing and supporting research assignments and alternative projects in the context of a remote or hybrid learning environment. 
  • Encourage students to schedule a research consultation with a subject specialist or curator to review available library resources for assignments or research. 
  • Get virtual help from an expert with copyright questions about authors rights, fair use, publishing, and open access. 
  • Get virtual help from an expert with issues pertaining to research data, scholarly publishing, digital humanities, open access, podcasting, research computing, and more.

  • Attend a Zoom workshop on software tools, research methods, and more.
  • Schedule a tailored session on library services and tools for small groups or classes led by a subject specialist. 
  • Take advantage of access to expert-led online professional development courses and videos with LinkedIn Learning.

Research & Learning Support Services

  • Access millions of our collections online through CLIO, including 40% of our print holdings that are temporarily available digitally, or explore temporary free online resources
  • Access an expanded corpus of digital reproductions and descriptions of items from our rare and special collections. 
  • Scanning is available from offsite collections and select campus locations. Scanning via Interlibrary Loan is also enabled. Eligible items will have a “scan” link in the CLIO record. Reproductions of small portions will be made in accordance with the Terms of Service.

  • Users may schedule a research consultation with a subject specialist or curator to review available library resources for assignments or research. 
  • Browse Research Guides by subject, created by subject specialists. 
  • Get virtual help from an expert with copyright questions about authors rights, fair use, publishing, and open access. 
  • Get virtual help from an expert with issues pertaining to research data, scholarly publishing, digital humanities, open access, podcasting, research computing, and more. 

  • Attend a Zoom workshop on software tools, research methods, and more.
  • Schedule a tailored session on library services and tools for small groups or classes led by a subject specialist. 
  • 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. 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. Many software and limited access databases such as Bloomberg 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.