Library Services for Alumni

Alumni of Columbia University enjoy free lifetime access to library buildings, and can purchase borrowing privileges for a monthly fee. Alumni also have access to a selection of e-resources. 

Alumni are encouraged to wait 120 days to obtain their alumni CUID following their graduation date, as student-status library privileges remain active for 120 days.

Alumni may access Butler Library from 8am to midnight. 

Learn more about Columbia alumni benefits and privileges

Alumni Card

To apply for an alumni CUID, visit the Library Information Office with a valid, government-issued photo ID. Alumni CUIDs are valid for 10 years, after which alumni must visit the Library Information Office to be reissued a new one. The fee to replace a lost or stolen CUID is $20.

Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges for onsite and offsite collections can be purchased in the Library Information Office for $30 per month. Borrowing privileges are not available at the Law School, Teachers College, or the Health Sciences libraries.

Alumni do not have access to the following services:


Graduates of Columbia University, Barnard, Teachers College, and Union Theological Seminary have off-campus access to the following e-resources. To use these resources, alumni may need to activate their UNI or change their password at the Manage My UNI website.

Please use the links on this page for access. Using any other links to these databases will not allow alumni access.


For questions regarding resources, please contact the Library Information Office at