Using the Libraries

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 currenly, 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

Please contact the relevant special collections repository library to make a research appointment. At this time, special collections visits are limited to current Columbia students, faculty, and staff. 

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library: avery@library.columbia.edu

Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary: burke@library.columbia.edu

C.V. Starr East Asian Library: starr@library.columbia.edu

Rare Book & Manuscript Library: rbml@library.columbia.edu
*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 mateials 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

Learn about services for patrons with unique accomodation needs.

Go to Accessibility

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