Access Privileges

Who Can Access Columbia University Libraries

Libraries are currently open for study and access to collections for faculty students, and staff. Hours can be found here. Retirees and alumni may access Butler Library, and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library is accepting limited appointments for external visiting researchers. All other special collections visits continue to be available for research by appointment only.

Visitors may access Butler Library. Visitors must check in for each visit at the Library Information Office in Butler Library during business hours with proof of vaccination and ID. Hours can be found here.  Please review our Visitors page for more information about the types of visitors permitted to enter Butler at this time, plus important reminders for visits. 


Columbia faculty, students, and staff must have a Columbia ID to enter. 

Retirees, researchers with appointments, and other approved visitors must check in to provide proof of vaccination with ID. Hours can be found here

Please contact the Library Information Office with questions.