Library Information Office

The Library Information Office administers user privileges, provides information about library policies, and redirects questions to other library personnel as appropriate.

Most library locations are currently open for study and access to stacks for faculty students, and staff. 

Before visiting, please read more about who can access the libraries currenly, requirements for visiting, and temporary suspension of access for certain groups. 

Go to Access Privileges

The Library Information Office processes payment of fees for lost library materials. You should consult your “My Borrowing Account” in CLIO to check the status of borrowed items. Fees are paid by credit card (Mastercard, Visa or Discover). See the Borrow, Request, Renew page for more information on library fees.

The Library Information Office manages the distribution of lockers at the start of every academic year. More information regarding Butler locker assignments is provided close to the beginning of the academic year, typically in late August.

Planning a visit to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and other Libraries collections on display? Please bring government-issued photo identification to the Library Information Office to receive a day pass. Click this page for visitor guidelines and what you will need before you arrive.

Library visitors may also purchase access to the Libraries, which includes physical access to most library spaces between 9am and 11pm (or during library operating hours within that window), borrowing privileges, use of public computers in library spaces, and access to most e-resources on public computers. Information for visitors to Columbia about services provided by the libraries may be found on our Visitors Services page.