Digital Scholarship Research Services

Columbia Libraries Digital Scholarship is here to help Columbia faculty and students incorporate digital methods into their research, study, and teaching. We provide 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.

Our service point in Butler 305 is open for walk-in hours. Please contact us at if have any additional questions about the specialized software or equipment that we offer.

If you're a student interested in helping to manage the lab as a student employee, please reach out to to inquire about opportunities.  

Our Services

Creating digital Text and Images
Creating Digital Text and Images
Creating Digital Text and Images

Research Data Services

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Our Research Data Services team provide support and consultation for Columbia community members working with data management, visualization, and storage, as well as GIS and mapping. 

Creating Digital Text 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.


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 2021. 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.

Foundations for Research Computing

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Foundations in Research Computing provides informal training for Columbia University graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to develop fundamental skills for harnessing computation


From the midpoint on College Walk, turn south. The large building in front of you (with the names of Greek, Roman and American authors inscribed on the facade) is Butler library. Enter the library and take the left-hand side of the main staircase to the next floor. Turn left at the top of the stairs and then follow the turn of the corridor to the right. The entrance to Butler 305 will be straight ahead of you, at the end of the hall.