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 2-3 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 plaza in front of the Butler Library main entrance. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Burke Library: Pick up requested material from the Burke Library inside the Union Theological Seminary rotunda at 120th St. and Broadway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please swipe in at the security desk and proceed to the pick-up table outside the Burke Library entrance. Please follow posted instructions.

Health Sciences Library (HSL): Pick-up of requested materials is at the Knowledge Center of the Health Sciences Library, located on Lobby Level of the Hammer Health Sciences Center, 701 W. 168 Street. Hours are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Face covering is required at all times inside the Hammer Health Sciences Center.

Please bring your ID to enter the Hammer Health Sciences Center. CUIMC ID holders can tap ID to enter the Knowledge Center; CU ID holders should knock to alert staff on duty. Upon entering the Knowledge Center, pick-up table is immediately to the left. Indicate your UNI and display your ID to the staff. Staff will retrieve bagged items and place on the table for pick up. If there is a wait, please follow signage and floor marking to line up outside the entrance of the Knowledge Center. Please contact the Health Sciences Library with any questions.

Return materials to the book bins located on the Butler Plaza.