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 5.5 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
- Please note: Electronic Document Delivery has now resumed - click on the blue "Scan" hyperlink in CLIO to initiate a request
- 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 email@example.com
- CU alumni may need to re-activate their UNI and request borrowing privileges by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 Offsite - click on the "Scan" hyperlink
Electronic Document Delivery (EDD)
- Scanning request has now resumed!
- Please click on the blue "Scan" hyperlink in CLIO to initiate a request
- Physical Delivery is suspended until further notice.