Alumni and Friends Gateway Launched at Columbia University Libraries

NEW YORK, August 6, 2004 - The Libraries at Columbia University has recently launched the Libraries Alumni and Friends Gateway, an interactive website featuring electronic resources, a compilation of searchable databases developed specifically for alumni and members of Friends of the Columbia Libraries. The new portal,, also links users to the Libraries' collections and digital resources, and to information about news and upcoming Friends and Library events.

“The Libraries at Columbia have wonderful collections and extensive electronic collections,” explained James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia. “We developed this website to enable alumni and members of Friends to draw upon these resources, and stay connected with the strong academic community at the Libraries.”

One of the innovative features of this website is the research tools it houses. The electronic resources, developed through support from Friends of the Columbia Libraries, comprise four electronic databases:

  • ProQuest Research Library-a collection of more than 3,000 full text journals dating from 1971 to the present, covering a broad range of subjects including arts, business, children, education, health, humanities, international law, military, psychology, sciences, social sciences and women's interests.
  • ProQuest Newspapers-a database that provides access to some 50 national, financial, and regional newspapers including Barron's, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
  • ABI/Inform Global-a collection of nearly 1,800 worldwide business periodicals with in-depth coverage of business and economic conditions, management techniques, theory, advertising, marketing, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, and more. It also includes access to information on 60,000 companies with business and executive profiles.
  • American Medical Association-provides access to the full text of more than 20 publications of the American Medical Association, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, (JAMA), American Medical News, Archives of Internal Medicine, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and others.

By connecting to the website, alumni and members of Friends can also view CLIO (Columbia Libraries Online Catalog), the digital library collections including the Papers of John Jay database, and the Digital Scriptorium database. For additional information about the new website and site privileges, please call 212-854-4768, e-mail, or visit

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

08/06/04 JD