Staff Borrowing Privileges

Lobby Arch Photo

Loan Periods

Semester Loan: Barnard, Burke, Business, Butler, East Asian, Engineering, Geology, Geoscience, Journalism, Lehman, Milstein Collection in Butler Library, Music & Arts, Science & Engineering, Social Work, Teachers College, and the Ware collection in Avery.

4-week Loan: JTS, Law and Teachers College libraries

3-week Loan: Health Sciences Library


  • Course reserves/short-term loan items: $1.00 per hour for each hour or part thereof, to a maximum of $50.00.
  • Butler Media circulating items: $7.00 per day, to a maximum of $50.00.
  • Recalled items: $1.00 per day, to a maximum of $30.00.
  • Lost items: Standard replacement (varies by library) and processing ($30.00) fees will be added to the fines.

Spouses/Domestic Partners

Hallway in Butler Library

Staff may register spouses/domestic partners for reading privileges in the Columbia Libraries. To register, the staff member and spouse/domestic partner must go to the Library Information Office inside the front entrance of Butler Library. Staff must present a valid Columbia University ID and provide documentation of marriage/domestic partnership. If the marriage/partnership is dissolved, please notify the Library Information Office. The Libraries will not accept another spouse or domestic partner registration until six months after notification of the dissolution of the relationship.

Please Note: Casual staff or staff who are hired as consultants are not eligible for free borrowing or for access to the Library's licensed electronic resources. They may apply to the Library Information Office for borrowing privileges for a charge of $75 per month.