Burke Library to Join Columbia Libraries

NEW YORK, May 26, 2004 - On July 1, 2004 one of the most important theological libraries in North America, the Burke Library of Union Theological Seminary, will become a part of the Columbia Libraries. The collections will remain in the recently renovated Burke Library, and will continue to be available to the Columbia community, but they will now be represented in CLIO.

Records for materials in the Burke collections will begin to appear in CLIO at the end of May. Starting on June 1, 2004 Burke Library will begin to circulate books using CLIO, and recalls, renewals, etc. will be handled in the same way as other items in CLIO. With the transition to CLIO, loan periods will be changing for some Burke Library materials. For more information, see Burke Library Circulation policies. The Seminary's current online catalog, SOPHIA, will be in use through the end of June, while circulation information is being transferred to CLIO.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 7.6 million volumes, over 56,000 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other non-print formats. The collections and services are organized into 22 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. The Libraries' website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/ is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

05/26/04 JD