Request Items & Services

Please contact the relevant special collections repository library to make a research appointment. At this time, special collections visits are limited to current Columbia students, faculty, and staff. 

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

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

  • Borrow Direct
    Quick delivery from Brown, Cornell, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, University of Chicago, and Yale
  • Health Sciences/Morningside delivery service
    Request transfer of books from one campus to the other
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
    Place requests and check status of ILL requests
  • About our Off-site Shelving Facility (ReCAP)
    Operated jointly with Princeton University and the New York Public Library, Columbia has accessioned more than 4.8 million items at ReCAP
  • Pick-Up Service
  • Request materials from Columbia University Libraries circulating collections to be picked up at participating Libraries locations

Connect to CLIO and access My Library Account to:

  • manage personal information
  • view or renew items you have checked out
  • check status of requested items
  • view patron blocks, fines, and fees

For additional information, consult the Borrowing and Loan Policies page.

All library research consultations and instruction sessions will be virtual until further notice.