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/Columbia Law faculty, students, staff, Provost-appointed visiting scholars, and others with library borrowing privileges and current access to campus buildings 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: 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. 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. Due to the pandemic, Columbia University has restricted access to campus buildings to current affiliates who have met all requirements to receive a green pass on the ReopenCU app. If this does not apply to you, you will not be able to enter library spaces until University building access policies have changed. 

All materials borrowed from Columbia University Libraries (except the Law Library and Teacher’s College Library) may be returned to any CU Library circulation desk or book drop.