Columbia University Library Privileges

Beginning in Fall 2021: Alumni will be able to access libraries by following an attestation procedure. An exact date is forthcoming. Until then, alumni may continue to take advantage of free off-campus access to e-resources. Alumni who wish to borrow physical materials may purchase borrowing privileges through the Library Information Office to use our book pick-up service. Please continue to check our Status Updates page for announcements. 

Until Fall 2021: Access to library spaces remains limited to Columbia University students, faculty, though reservations are no longer required.  A valid Columbia University ID must be presented for entry. Library users must adhere to the Columbia Community Health Compact and complete the daily Symptom Self-Check on the ReopenCU app in order to enter a library.  All users must have a green pass on the ReopenCU app to be able to swipe for entry.

Service Eligibility for Summer 2021

Service eligibility for Summer 2021:

Pick-Up Service: All current Columbia faculty, students, and staff (includes Barnard, UTS, TC & JTS); Provost-Appointed Visiting Scholars; CU Alumni who purchase borrowing privileges; Emeriti & Retirees; CU Officer Spouses / Domestic Partners; Seminar Associates.  Note: Butler Library is the only pick-up location that does not require swipe access, located at the east entrance near John Jay.

Scan Requests: All current Columbia faculty, students, and staff (includes Barnard, UTS, TC); Provost-Appointed Visiting Scholars; Emeriti & Retirees; Seminar Associates.

Special Collections Appointments: Please contact libraries directly for information and instructions to access special collections.

  • Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library:
  • The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary:
  • C.V. Starr East Asian Library:
  • Rare Book & Manuscript Library:
  • Butler Microforms :

Consortial Borrowers: Library users who previouly had access through consortial agreements (MaRLI, SHARES, 2CUL, Borrow Direct Plus, and METRO) can submit article and book chapter requests via their home institution's Interlibrary Loan service.