Using the Libraries

Find Libraries Open Now or check full schedules by library location.

Go to Library Hours

Most library locations are currently open for study and access to stacks for faculty students, and staff. 

Before visiting, please read more about who can access the libraries currently, requirements for visiting, and temporary suspension of access for certain groups. 

Go to Access Privileges

We have places for quiet study, video conferencing, group study, late night study, and spaces with specialty software and technology devices.

Go to Study Spaces

Learn more about who can visit library locations and the current requirements.

Go to Visitors

At this time, only the Rare Book & Manuscript Library is open to external visitors by appointment. All other special collections visits are limited to current Columbia students, faculty, and staff. Please contact the relevant repository for appointments.

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library:

Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary:

C.V. Starr East Asian Library:

Rare Book & Manuscript Library:
*As of November 1, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library will accept appointments for external visiting researchers. Please visit the Rare Book & Manuscript Library page to reserve an appointment. 

Borrow or request items from Columbia's general collections, other library collections, or special collections. Learn more about how to visit and borrow materials from other libraries. Find information about renewals, returns, fines & fees, and more. 

Go to Borrow, Request, Renew

Attend a workshop, schedule a tailored session on library services and tools for small groups or classes led by a subject specialist, or take advantage of access to expert-led online professional development courses and videos with LinkedIn Learning.

Go to Workshops & Training

The Libraries offers lab spaces, specialized software, and staff with specific expertise in a range of software and technologies.

Here is an index of software available in the Libraries. 

Here is how to print, scan, or digitize in the Libraries. 

Here is an index of all services & tools in the Libraries.

Request books, articles, or items for email or campus delivery. Learn about how to request a consultation, library instruction session, and more.

Go to Request Items & Services

Learn about services for patrons with unique accomodation needs.

Go to Accessibility

Request use of library space for meetings, events, film shoots, or other programs.

Go to Booking Event Space in the Libraries