Offsite Library Shelving Facility (ReCAP)
ReCAP is Columbia University Libraries' off-campus shelving facility. ReCAP is short for Research Collections and Preservation Consortium. Columbia University operates ReCAP jointly with Harvard University, Princeton University and New York Public Library.
CUL has accessioned more than 5 million books and archives at ReCAP. On average 250,000 new accessions are currently sent every year. Transferring to ReCAP allows CUL to accommodate new acquisitions, provide larger study spaces and better preserve historical collections.
In Fall 2017, the three ReCAP partners launched a Shared Collection Service and CUL added more than 7 million new items from the Princeton University and New York Public Library collections to its CLIO catalog. This expanded access provides seamless discovery and direct request of the ReCAP materials of all partners.
Access for Faculty, Students, Staff and Visitors
- All patrons with a valid UNI and active borrowing privileges may request physical deliveries from the shared collections of Columbia, Princeton, and the New York Public Library
- If you have a UNI but not borrowing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- CU alumni may need to re-activate their UNI and request borrowing privileges by sending email to email@example.com.
Alumni may reactivate their UNIs by visiting this page: https://cuit.columbia.edu/cuit/manage-my-uni or by calling CUIT staff at 212-854-1919.
- If not affiliated with Columbia University, contact the Library Information Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 854-7309
- Requests submitted before 2:30pm Mon-Fri will be filled in one business day; all requests filled in two business days
- On-campus visitors please contact Butler Circulation to assist with requesting. Note: some special collections require assistance from staff in the owning department: RBML, Avery Drawings & Archives, Avery Classics, Health Sciences Special Collections, East Asian Special Collections, The Burke Library Archives and Oral History
- Both physical and electronic delivery are free of charge
- Use CLIO to request items from ReCAP
- Access to the physical text is possible for all off-site volumes
- Place a physical delivery request via CLIO
- In order to best serve the Columbia community, please request 20 items or fewer per day
- All campus libraries receive and hold requested items for 14 days
- Special collections may be deliverable only to the owning library within CUL
- Circulation policies: In general, Columbia-owned items may be checked out for a semester with ten renewals; Princeton & NYPL items may be checked out for 16 weeks, no renewals
Electronic Document Delivery (EDD)
- Patrons with active borrowing privileges may request scans of one article, one book chapter or small portions of a work within conditions of Section 108(d) of the U.S. Copyright Act. Please visit the Columbia University Libraries Copyright Advisory Office for more information
- Requested items must be for private study and individual research only
- Place an EDD request via CLIO
- A complete citation is required, incluing: start & end page numbers, article or chapter title, and author
- Notifications are delivered email via Article Exchange. The message includes a web address and a password. Use these to access the electronic document, which you may then print or download.
- Electronic documents will remain accessible for 30 days
- If the requested item cannot be scanned (e.g. poor condition), the physical item will be delivered to the owning library and held for 14 days to provide physical access