Digital Scholarship

What is digital scholarship at Columbia?

The Columbia University Libraries are dedicated to the development of programs, services, spaces, and modes of engagement around technology in scholarship and research across its campuses. Together, these activities comprise a program of Digital Scholarship, which the libraries conduct through interactions in both physical and online venues. The libraries bring a wealth of expertise in information management, digital literacy, systems-support and development for online publishing, and engagement with technology to bear in a variety of ways, building on innovative programs to evolve a suite of services that respond to and anticipate the needs of Columbia’s research and learning communities. Through Digital Scholarship, the libraries create a forum that enables and advances the excellence of both students and faculty, supporting both instruction and production around digital methods, technologies, and platforms.

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Scholarly & Research Communication

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Publishing Services & Education

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Academic Commons Open-Access Repository

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Columbia University Libraries Studio

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Foundations for Research Computing

Support at Every Stage of the Research and Publishing Lifecycle

Publishing Open Lab
  • Digital Scholarship supports free, global access to research and scholarly outputs produced at Columbia. Visit Academic Commons, our institutional repository, or our Scholarly Communication site for more information. 
  • Discover resources, tools, and events aimed to help you research, publish, and promote your work on our Scholarly Communication site, or drop in to a Monday Publishing Open Lab (3–5pm in Butler 208).
  • Librarians in Research Data Services are available to help you find and use relevant data sets in the course of your research, teaching, and studies and to help you navigate options for connecting your research data with relevant audiences. 

Digital Humanities: Methods, Tools, and Community

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  • The Columbia University Libraries Studio enables ethical, sustainable, collaborative, and FAIR digital, data-driven research and pedagogy through a series of regular open labs and events.
  • The Digital Humanities Center (DHC) in Butler 305 provides workspaces and assistance with scanning/digitization, textual analysis and data management, and media production. 
  • The Libraries support the dialogue of a growing community of Digital Humanities scholars, projects and program. Visit Columbia University Digital Humanities to learn more about their work.

Scholarly Publishing Support: Digital Projects and Publications

Digital Scholarship supports the creation, discovery, and dissemination of quality, open-access research in the form of journals and dynamic digital scholarship projects.
  • We seek collaborations with Columbia-affiliated faculty and students who want to ask new questions of their communities, play at the borders of currently canonized fields, open new pathways of inquiry, explore innovative methods, and include new and traditionally underrpresented voices in the scholarly conversation. Contact the libraries to discuss the potential of a publication partnership.
  • Subject experts and technologists in the libraries are available to consult on digital projects and ideas. (See recent work such as Style Revolution and Digital Dante for examples.)

Engage with 3D Printing, AR and VR, and Other New Technologies


The libraries provide opportunities to experiment with and incorporate technology into the research and scholarly programs of the Columbia community:

  • The libraries offer many options around productivity and scientific software, for use on library workstations and for download.
  • The libraries provide 3D printing as a service as well as consultation on the development of 3D models. See more at 3dprint @ Columbia.
  • The Digital Humanities Center provides access to equipment and software for scanning and analyzing texts and images as well as for working with video formats and other media. 

Drop into an Open Lab, or attend a Workshop or Event

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