Access to Columbia University Libraries by New York University

Door to Library Information Office

Columbia and New York University Libraries have a Cooperative Agreement to share library resources through reciprocal on-site access.

Eligible New York University affiliates are current full-time undergraduate and graduate students, staff, full-time faculty, and part-time faculty covered by the NYU/Columbia Consortial agreement.

Please note that NYU has five affiliate libraries that are not covered by this agreement. They are the Cooper Union, the Mannes School of Music, the New School University, the New York Academy of Art, and the Parsons School of Design libraries.

To obtain access to the Columbia University Libraries, an eligible New York University student, faculty, or staff member must present his or her valid NYU identification card and a government issued photo ID card at the Library Information Office. The Access Card is valid for the Columbia semester during which it is issued. Please verify the hours of the Library Information Office before planning your visit.

Staff in the Library Information Office will issue a reader's card.

The Columbia Libraries Access Card does not include borrowing privileges. Certain CD-ROM and on-line databases, for which there is a heavy demand by Columbia's primary user group of students, faculty and staff, are not available for use by others. In addition, access to Butler Library is restricted to services hours.

There are access restrictions for the following libraries at Columbia University:

  • Health Sciences Library access is limited to New York University Medical and Dental faculty.
  • Law Library access is limited to New York University Law School faculty and students.

Library Information Office

201 Butler
Phone: 212-854-7309