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
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 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.
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.
Place requests for scans of articles and book chapters from Columbia Library’s print books and journals.
Place requests for PDFs of articles and book chapters not available from Columbia Libraries and check status of ILL requests.
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 items can be accessed through the Course Reserves search on CLIO, or through CourseWorks.
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
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.
Email us a question, request, or suggestion at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll respond as soon as we can!
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 provides online training videos on thousands of software programs.