Digital Scholarship Services

Digital Scholarship Services, located in 305 Butler Library, is designed to help Columbia faculty and students incorporate digital methods into their research, study, and teaching. Digital Scholarship Services provides software for authoring, textual analysis, and critical editing; qualitative analysis; document and database management; OCR to create machine-readable and actionable text; 3D design; and multimedia design, editing, and production.

For help using the software in Digital Scholarship Services, please book an appointment with a member of the digital scholarship staff at or check out our library of online resources.  

Creating Digital Texts and Images

Digital Scholarship Services has six dedicated high-end text and image scanners equipped with ABBYY FineReader 14, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Photoshop to produce either image files or machine-readable texts. Four of the scanners can handle large-format items, and one can be used to scan multiple numbers of slides and other transparencies. Digital scholarship staff and student helpers can provide assistance and training in the use of this equipment and advice about how to create the files most suitable for your project.


Abbyy Fine Reader User Guide

Media Editing

Digital Scholarship Services supports work with digital video, audio, and multimedia design with Macintosh stations featuring a suite of tools for editing, captioning, and producing content, including the Adobe CC suite, Audacity, Camtasia, FinalCut Pro, GarageBand, and iMovie.


Audacity user manual

Camtasia tutorials and books (CLIO)

Training materials for Adobe CC (CLIO)

Final Cut Pro: training materials and ebooks (CLIO)

GarageBand Essential Training (LinkedIn Learning—log in with your UNI)

3D Printing

Try your hand at 3D design on our specialized workstations, using software such as SolidWorks, Meshmixer, and Flashprint. Find out more about 3D printing services by e-mailing or checking out our blog.

Only designated library staff have hands-on access to our 3D printers at this time, but we're looking to expand our services to the broader community in 2020. If you’d like to explore a more hands-on approach to 3D printing right away, we recommend getting in touch with the good folks at the Columbia Makerspaceor the Barnard Design Lab.


Just want to teach yourself how to use 3D modelling software? Check out our ebooks and online training materials for Meshmixer and SolidWorks in CLIO.