Your Libraries Online
Although our physical locations are closed until further notice, we are committed to maintaining a vibrant online site of learning at the center of the University’s intellectual activities. Millions of items from our collections can still be accessed online. Our expert staff continue to remain available by chat, phone, email, or Zoom. We will continue to offer workshops and instruction sessions remotely. Most importantly, we are here to help you navigate new challenges in teaching, learning, and research.
Your Libraries Online is the gateway to the services, tools, and collections available to the Columbia community. We are ready to help.
Reference & Consultation
- Use the Ask a Librarian virtual reference for general questions during extended service hours (Monday - Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday 9am-6pm for the remainder of the semester)
- Contact an individual Subject Specialist for direct consultation via email, phone, or Zoom
- Take advantage of virtual Copyright Advisory office hours for the greater academic community and other copyright resources for emergency remote teaching and learning
- Browse Research Guides by subject, created by subject specialists
Workshops, Drop-In Help, & Instruction Sessions
- 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
- Consult with an expert about digital research and other topics through online drop-in help; no appointment needed
- Full access to expert-led online courses and videos with LinkedIn Learning
Continued Access to E-Resources
- 3.2 million ebooks in our catalog (choose ebooks on the left before or after any search in CLIO)
- 1.3 billion newspaper and journal articles directly from CLIO
- 1,628 research databases on the widest variety of subjects
- 6.6M fully downloadable ebooks via our membership in HathiTrust
- Access to a wealth of digital reproductions and descriptions of photographs, posters, drawings, objects, ephemera, and manuscripts as well as other archival material from Columbia's rare and special collections
Temporary Free Access to Other E-Resources
- Temporary E-resources Guide - a guide that covers many of the free offers and content publishers are offering us at this time (no Columbia affiliation required).
- National Emergency Library - supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.
- RedShelf - provides up to 7 free eBooks from participating publishers through May 25.
This page will continue to update with additional resources. Please check back soon!