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 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 Fall 2020 & Spring 2021:

Book 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.

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

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: 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
  • Butler Microforms : pmrr@library.columbia.edu

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.