Library Services for Sciences & Engineering Faculty

Get What You Need

Request Articles

Have articles scanned and emailed to you via Electronic Document Delivery.

Request articles for as-soon-as-possible delivery via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Request New Books, Software

Recommend the purchase of print and electronic books.

Request new software for the Digital Science Center and Columbia University.

Book Borrowing, Delivery

Quickly have books delivered from fellow Ivies and MIT via BorrowDirect.

Borrow books from other libraries, including New York Public Library and NYU.

Get Help Using the Library

The Columbia Libraries has a large collection of resources such as databases, electronic journals, books, and periodicals, which support education and research at Columbia University.

Ask a Librarian questions in person; via e-mail, phone, IM, text message; or to request a consultation.

Access electronic databases and search by title, keyword or subject.

Search for print or electronic books or journal titles (not articles) in CLIO, the library’s online catalog.

Additional Services & Policies

Deputy Borrowing

Faculty may designate a Deputy Borrower within the Columbia University Libraries system.

The designated Deputy must possess a valid Columbia University Identification Card with his/her own borrowing privileges. He or she must be a current student or non-casual employee of the University.

The designated Deputy must have no outstanding Library obligations (fines/fees, non-returned recall items).  Any outstanding Library obligation must be satisfied before the request will be processed.

Access and Circulation

Click here for information on access and circulation services and policies throughout Columbia libraries.

Faculty accept full responsibility for all material checked out by the deputy acting on faculty's behalf.

Deputy borrowing privileges will not be issued or renewed if faculty has any outstanding Library obligations (fines/fees, non-returned recall items).

Fill out and submit the Deputy Borrower Application Form.

Contact the Library Information Office at (212) 854-7309 or e-mail with further questions about deputy borrower privileges.

For Teaching

Assembling course reserves

Several weeks before the beginning of the semester, faculty members are contacted by e-mail and asked for a list of materials they wish to be placed on reserve.

Fill out and submit this form to begin the course reserves process. For complete information consult the Course Reserves website, or call (212) 854-6769.

Advice on copyright

Library's Copyright Advisory Office

Custom instruction sessions

Please complete the individual consultation request form, or send instruction session requests to

Custom Courseworks research guides

Provide direct access to databases and sources of library assistance and training from within CourseWorks. With your help, these guides can be geared to the requirements of a specific department or program.

Contact the appropriate Subject Librarian or if you would like a specific course guide created for your course.


Connect with the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL).

For Research

Data Management Planning

Get help conceiving and writing a Data Management Plan for NSF, NIH, and other grants.  We will work with you to use Data Management Plan templates to satisfy these requirements.

More information on Data Management

Writing for Publication

We provide tutorials for students preparing articles and dissertations.

Implement sharing of scholarly resources within a group or with collaborators.

Open-Access Publishing

Assistance in depositing pre-prints and published articles to open-access repositories and the Columbia Academic Commons.

Scholarly Communication Program

Other questions? Email us at and we'll be happy to help!