Pick-Up Service

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

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

  • Some collections are not eligible for Pick-Up Service requests: reserves, reference collections, and special collections (such as Avery Classics, Avery Drawings & Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University Archives and Oral History Archives).

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

  • Borrowers should not clean or disinfect library materials. Cleaning products or excess moisture can damage materials. 
  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. The requested material will be checked out to you in advance and an Item Available Notice is sent when item(s) are ready for pick up.

Books from most libraries and collections can be picked up at Butler Library, with exceptions listed below. The email notification you receive when your item is ready will list the pick-up location on it.

Specific protocols have been put into place to ensure health and safety guidelines set forth by the state and university. Signage and safe distancing markers indicate where to line up and to wait to pick up materials. Users must wear a mask when picking up materials.

Users should indicate their last name to the staff member on duty upon arrival at the pick up location. Requested materials will be retrieved and placed on the table for pick up.

Butler Library: Requested materials can be picked up from the east entrance of Butler Library, near John Jay Hall. Hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. 

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library: Requested items may be picked up on the 300 level of Avery Library, through the library's main entrance.  Pick-up hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Burke Library: Through September 6, pick up requested Burke Library materials at Butler Library. (See Butler Library information on this page)

Health Sciences Library (HSL): Pick-up of requested materials is in the Knowledge Center of the Health Sciences Library, located on Lobby Level of the Hammer Health Sciences Center, 701 W. 168 Street. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please bring your ID to enter the Hammer Health Sciences Center.

Contactless pick-up is offered inside the Knowledge Center at the information desk. Indicate your UNI and display your ID to the staff. Staff will retrieve bagged items and place them on the desk for pick up. If there is a wait, please line up with six feet apart. Face covering is required at all times inside the Hammer Health Sciences Center. Please contact the Health Sciences Library with any questions.

Starr East Asian Library: Requested material may be picked up on the third floor of Kent Hall, in front of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library. Hours are 12 noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please enter Kent Hall from College Walk and go up one floor to the library.

Outdoor book return 

  • Barnard Library
  • Butler Library
  • East Asian Starr Library
  • Science and Engineering Library (Northwest Corner Building) 

Indoor book return (requires face mask, ReopenCU app, and compliance with all protocols for those accessing University buildings)

  • Business library
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Lehman Library

Students quarantined in residence halls will be able to request books for delivery through this service. More information is forthcoming.