Library Services for Off-Campus Users

If you are going to be away from campus (at home, on sabbatical, at a conference, etc.), use these tips to help you access library resources no matter where you are. The Libraries will do our best to make sure you are able to get access to articles & books, research support, other institutional networks, and software & tutorials.

Get Articles and Books

Electronic Resources

To access electronic materials from off-campus, make sure to use the resolver link found throughout the library’s web pages. It will look similar to this:


Look for the Columbia  in databases. The Columbia  provides direct links from a database citation to the full text of the article online.

LibX Widget

LibX is a browser add-on which provides direct access to Columbia Library catalogs, electronic books, journals and databases. Only available for Firefox and Chrome. For Safari, use the Proxy Bookmarklet.

Proxy Bookmarklet

If you often do your research from off-campus, we recommend you install the proxy bookmarklet on your browser's bookmarks toolbar. The bookmarklet lets you log into the proxy without having to browse from the Columbia University Libraries website.


The library provides access to over 2 million eBooks. If you are off campus, limit your CLIO searches to eBooks to find materials you can access immediately.

Scan & Deliver: Electronic Document Delivery

Place requests for scans of articles and book chapters from Columbia Library’s print books and journals.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Place requests for PDFs of articles and book chapters not available from Columbia Libraries and check status of ILL requests.

+ More information on requesting resources

Google Scholar

You can update your settings in Google Scholar to search Columbia’s catalog, which adds the Columbia  to your browser window whenever a resource is available at Columbia.

Google Scholar > Settings > Library links
        > Search for ‘Columbia University’

Course Reserves Information Page

Course Reserves items can be accessed through the Course Reserves search on CLIO, or through CourseWorks.

Recommend an eBook for Purchase

If you have identified a book or other resource that is not currently in the collections, please recommend it for purchase.

Get Help from Off Campus

Ask a Librarian

Call, IM, text, or email a librarian for assistance.


Make an appointment with a subject specialist to aid you in your research. Consultations will be carried out via Zoom or other communications software.

Report problems with E-Resources

Online Tutorials

Plagiarism Tutorial


Email us a question, request, or suggestion at, and we'll respond as soon as we can!

Get Connected


Set up Eduroam on your personal computer to have network access at participating institutions.

VPN and Citrix Connections

Get Software

Software downloads

Check out our software page for downloads of ChemDraw, Crystalmaker, and NVivo, which are freely available to all current Columbia affiliates.  Other scientific software may be accessible via remote desktop access provided by CUIT.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning provides online training videos on thousands of software programs.