Dear University Students, Faculty, Staff, and Visitors:

The renovation of the Butler Library concludes in 2010 with great success. Reading rooms have been expanded and refurbished. The organization and management of the collections has been improved. The mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, air conditioning, heating, fire protection, security and lighting systems have been upgraded.

The net result is that the largest library in the system of 22 libraries at Columbia is a better place to study and work. Expanded spaces have been provided for initiatives such as the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) and the Columbia Center for Oral History.

The final stages to complete the building renovation included renovating the stacks housing the rare book and manuscript collections, and creating all new study areas assigned to graduate students featuring improved power and data support. In addition, the project has expanded the mechanical systems, replaced the roof and repaired the facade of the building.

Throughout the project we maintained full services and access to the collections. Your patience, cooperation and support were key to the successful completion of the Butler Library Renovation.

James G. Neal
Vice President for Information Services and
University Librarian
from 2001 - 2014

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