About RBML


The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Columbia University’s principal repository for special collections. We collect, preserve, describe, promote, and provide access to the material evidence of diverse individuals and activities in alignment with the University’s research and teaching mission. We build and steward deep collections in select subject areas and connect them to a global audience through reference, teaching, exhibitions, publications, and public programs.

We also invite users to submit feedback for RBML services via the user feedback form



Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Butler Library, 6th Floor East
535 West 114th St. MC1127
New York, NY 10027

(212) 854-5590



Reading Room Access: RBML reading rooms are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm by appointment only

See the Plan Your Visit page for instructions on requesting collection material and booking an appointment.

Exhibition Galleries: Our exhibition galleries do not require appointments and are open to all visitors during our regular hours.


When arriving for a reading room appointment: after entering Butler Library, follow the hallway to the left and take the East elevator or stairs to the 6th floor. Look for the double glass doors at the entrance to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Prior to entering the reading room, please wash your hands at one of the restrooms near the elevators.