Pick-Up Service

Enables current faculty, students, and staff to request pick up of library materials at participating library locations.

Initiate a request by clicking on the Pick-Up links in CLIO.

  • The Pick-Up Service enables eligible Morningside/Barnard/UTS/Lamont/CUIMC/Columbia Law faculty, students, staff, Provost-appointed visiting scholars, and others with library borrowing privileges to request pick-up of eligible circulating library collections.

  • The Pick-Up Service is based on the availability of the requested materials and the capacity of staff resources to complete the request. 

  • Materials will generally be available within 3-5 business days of request.  

  • Requests are limited to 5 items per day, and no more than 10 items per 7 day period. 

  • Some collections are not eligible for Pick-Up Service requests.

  • If an item is not available, a staff member will contact the requester by email to resolve.

You will encounter multiple Pick-Up links in CLIO:

  • Pick-Up: available to all users with borrowing privileges

  • Pick-Up (Borrow Direct): available to users with permission to request items via Borrow Direct

  • FLI Pick-Up: available only to first-generation and/or low-income undergraduate students who have signed up for the FLI Partnership Libraries

  • Barnard Alum Pick-Up: provides access for Barnard Alums to Barnard Library items
  1. Search CLIO, the Columbia Libraries catalog, to locate the material you are requesting.

  2. Click on the "Pick-Up" link under Request  (Please note: not all material is eligible for Pick-Up Service.)

  3. Submit the request.

  4. When the requested material is ready to be picked up, an Item Available Notice will be emailed to you with further instructions. 

The email notification you receive when your item is ready will list the pick-up location on it. The item can be picked up at the circulation desk of that location (see the list of Libraries for location information) during its open service hours.

All materials borrowed from Columbia University Libraries (except the Law Library and Teachers College Library) may be returned to any CU Library circulation desk or book drop. For more information about returning items in person or by mail, please visit Returns.

E-mail: pickup@library.columbia.edu
Phone: 212-854-7535