Columbia University Library Privileges

Access to library spaces is currently limited to Columbia University students, faculty, and staff with a reservation or appointment. 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 Reopen CU app in order to enter a library.

Service eligibility for Fall 2020:

Book Pick-Up Service: All current Columbia faculty, students, and staff; sponsored Visiting Scholars (with borrowing privileges), CU Alumni (who purchase borrowing privileges), retirees, CU Officer spouses, University Affiliates (with borrowing privileges).

Study Space Reservations: Current Columbia, Barnard, UTS, and TC students.

Scan Requests: All current Columbia faculty, students, and staff; sponsored Visiting Scholars, retirees, University Affiliates. 

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

 • Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library: avery@library.columbia.edu

 • The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary: burke@library.columbia.edu

 • C.V. Starr East Asian Library: starr@library.columbia.edu

 • Rare Book & Manuscript Library: rbml@library.columbia.edu

Access to services previous through consortial agreements: Library users who had access through consortial agreements like MARLi, Shares, 2CUL, BD Plus, Metro should refer to their home institution to use Interlibrary Loan for access.