Request via Middleware (SCSB)

All staff, please note:

Requests from ReCAP are now handled via SCSB (the middleware).  Please log in here:

If you do not have an account to log in please contact

About ReCAP


The Research Collections and Preservation facility (ReCAP) is Columbia University Libraries' off-site shelving facility.  Columbia University operates ReCAP jointly with Princeton University and New York Public Library.  CUL has accessioned more than 4.6 million books and archives.

This website is intended for staff reference.  Create links to public websites and documentation using the Off-site Library Shelving Facility (ReCAP) site on LibraryWeb.

See also: ReCAP Facility Website

Non-Delivery Days for ReCAP

No ReCAP deliveries or pick-ups are scheduled for University Holidays.  Severe weather may delay or cancel deliveries.  Unscheduled interruptions will be announced via

For a list of upcoming and previous non-delivery days, please see Non-Delivery Day Log.


Requests placed before 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday will be filled the following business day; requests placed after 2:30 p.m. will be filled in two business days.  More info here.

For more detailed information about changes to ReCAP-related systems and services please see ReCAP Alerts.  Entries are organized chronologically.

Questions or comments about obtaining physical or EDD requests from ReCAP should be sent to  This is the ReCAP User Inquiry alias and may be used on all public websites and documentation.

Other questions, comments or suggestions about ReCAP should be directed to Zack Lane, ReCAP Coordinator, at and (212) 851-5621.

Documentation of ReCAP-Related Sytems

Training: Web Links

Reference Documentation: Web Links

  • Customer Code : Detailed information on customer code, CLIO location and barcode prefix
  • Smart Barcoding : Definition and history of use at CUL
  • EDD : Electronic Document Delivery: Instructions, Mechanisms and Troubleshooting
  • LAS : Introduction to ReCAP Database (LAS)
  • Preservation : Standards and projects related to maintenance of ReCAP collections
  • ReCAP-related Reports : Reconciliation, BILO, NRTN, Accession, Mis-shelved On Campus, etc.
  • Request Mechanisms : Detailed information on Mediated, Non-CLIO, Restricted Access requests and Permanent Withdrawals

Reference Documentation


Cotton Tape (Binding String)

Supplies are ordered several ways:

Follow link for full list of supplies. Instructions about how to order are listed under each description. 

Transfers, Statistics, & Quotas

Presentations to CUL Staff

Presentations are made before CUL standing committees or departmental staff. 

The following are MS PowerPoint files: download PowerPoint Viewer if you do not have MS PowerPoint installed: