Welcome, Alumni!

Did you know that Columbia alumni enjoy free off-campus access to a wide range of databases and journals, plus lifetime in-person use of library facilities? 


Access & Borrowing: 

Graduates of Columbia University, Barnard College, or Union Theological Seminary may apply for a University Alumni Identification Card that enables lifetime use of library facilities.  Borrowing privileges can be purchased for $30 per month. Borrowing privileges may not be used at the Law School, Teachers College or the Health Sciences libraries. Application can be made in person to the Library Information Office, with a valid government-issued photo ID.  Alumni ID cards are valid for 10 years. A new ID card will be issued after the card expires, which requires the alumna/us to visit the Library Information Office for a new photo. 

In-person use of library facilities by alumni with the Alumni ID card is permitted between 8 a.m. and midnight for libraries open during that time period. Please review library hours before visiting. 

Alumni of Teachers College must obtain their alumni cards in Whittier Hall.  


Graduates of Columbia University, Barnard,Teachers College and Union Theological Seminary have off-campus access to the e-resources listed below. To use these resources alumni may need to activate their UNI or change their password using this Web page

Academic Commons
Columbia University's digital repository where current faculty, students, and staff of Columbia and its affiliate institutions can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research. Content in Academic Commons is freely available to the public.

Academic Search Premier: Alumni edition
Provides full text for thousands of peer-reviewed journals—as well as thousands of peer-reviewed indexed and abstracted journals.

Annual Reviews
Collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists.

ATLASerials, Religion Collection
The ATLASerials, Religion Collection is a full text-only version of the ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials for alumni. 

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals: Alumni Edition
Provides citations to articles in approximately 400 current and over 1,000 retrospective architectural and related periodicals with primary emphasis on architectural design and history.

Business Source Premier: Alumni Edition
Provides nearly 1,100 full-text business magazines and journals in nearly every area of business, including marketing, management, accounting, finance, econometrics, economics, and more.

Cambridge Histories Online
Provides full text online access to the complete 250-plus volumes of Cambridge Histories reference series. Provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.

Access to CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online), a comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs.

Columbia University Archives
The University Archives preserves the institutional memory of Columbia University through the acquisition of official University records and related historical collections and materials from its founding in 1754 to the present day.

Digital Collections at Columbia University Libraries
An online resource based on some of Columbia Libraries' unique print materials.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Prize winning electronic books representing the most distinguished and innovative scholarship delivered with creative and thoughtful use of digital technology, published by Columbia University Press in cooperation with the American Historical Association.

Journals of the American Medical Association [JAMA]
Full text access to the current issues and archive of JAMA, Archives of Dermatology, Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, Archives of General Psychiatry, Archives of Internal Medicine, Archives of Neurology, Archives of Otolaryngology, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Archives of Surgery, and the Archives of Ophthalmology.

JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive
Provides full text and page images of over 1,000 leading scholarly journals in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication.

Project Muse
Full-text articles from more than 200 scholarly journals in history and the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences.

Proquest ABI/Inform Complete
Provides access to full-text journals and working papers in business and economics.  Also includes newspapers and country-and industry- focused reports.

Proquest Alternative Press Watch
Provides full-text articles for over 210 publications of the alternative and independent presses, from 1970 to current

ProQuest databases [cross search available databases]
Access to thousands of full-text journals and newspapers across a wide range of subject areas, including business, education, literature, political science, and psychology.

Proquest Ethnic NewsWatch
Includes current journals, magazines, and newspapers from ethnic and independent presses. Content covers 1990-present, with specialized coverage of the following ethnic categories: African American/Caribbean/African; Arab/Middle Eastern; Asian/Pacific Islander; European/Eastern European; Hispanic; Jewish; Native People.

Proquest GenderWatch
A repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women's movement, men's studies, the transgender community and the changes in gender roles over the years. Publications include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books and NGO, government and special reports

ProQuest Health Management
A collection of resources in the field of health administration, including journals and dissertations.
Subject coverage includes health administration, health professions, hospitals, insurance, law and more.

ProQuest Medical Library
Comprehensive collection of journals covering clinical and biomedical literature.  Subject coverage includes anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, parasitology and more.

ProQuest U.S. Newsstream
Access to almost 50 national and international newspapers.  Includes the Chicago Tribune and LA Times.

Proquest Research Library
This database provides access to thousands of journals from Proquest's general reference database. Search a mix of scholarly journals, trade publications and magazines covering over 150 academic disciplines including business, education, literature, political science, and psychology.

Proquest Science Journals
A definitive resource for students studying both the applied and general sciences. With coverage dating back to 1986, ProQuest Science Journals features over 1030 titles, with more than 760 available in full text. Search over 2.7M records, dating back to the mid 1980's.

PubMed Central
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature

Sage full text collection
Access to the full text of over 600 scholarly journals and publications

Sage Knowledge
SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles and more.

Sage Research Methods
Tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with advanced search and discovery tools.

Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science
The basic component of the library is a 50- to 100-page electronic book that synthesizes an important research or development topic, authored by a prominent contributor to the field.