Accessibility

Columbia University is committed to ensuring that the services and programs offered by the Libraries and CUIT are accessible to all patrons.  The University works with patrons on an individual basis to assess their unique accommodation needs.  If you have any questions, please contact the Access Services Division liaison, Mayra Alvarez, at (212) 854-3536 or mm57@columbia.edu.

Orientations to the traditional and electronic information services available at any of Columbia University’s libraries can be arranged.

Assistance can be provided with CLIO, Columbia’s Online Catalog. When needed, assistance is also available with the remaining paper card catalogs.  Please contact the Access Services Division liaison or ask for assistance at the Reference Desk in Butler Library.

Patrons with mobility-related disabilities may designate a Deputy Borrower and/or renew library books via telephone.  Please contact the Access Services Division liaison to register for these services.

Patrons who are unable to access the bookstacks may request that circulating materials housed in the stacks be retrieved and brought to a library location of their choice.  Please allow 1-2 business days and provide the full bibliographic citation to the Access Services Division liaison.

Patrons wishing to request a locker in Butler Library for disability-related reasons must first register with and provide medical documentation supporting their request to the Office of Disability Services.  Please visit the ODS website at www.health.columbia.edu or contact (212) 854-2388 for more information.

Butler Library has accessible workstations available in two public locations within the Library. These workstations, located near the Circulation desk on the third floor and in the Digital Humanities Center in room 305, are equipped with both Window Eyes screen reading software and Zoom TEXT screen reading and magnification software. Also located at each of these locations are Closed Circuit Televisions, used to enlarge texts for reading purposes.

Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT)


Coordinator of Computing for Persons with Disabilities
Sheila Kieran-Greenbush
(212) 678-3344


Manager, Client Service Center
James Izurieta
(212) 854-2388


Columbia University Libraries

Mayra E. Alvarez

Mayra E. Alvarez

Library Specialist II

  • Access Services Administration

mm57@columbia.edu

(212) 854-3536
Butler Library - 311 Butler Library
Francie Mrkich

Francie Mrkich

Director, Access Services

  • Access Services Administration

mfm2123@columbia.edu

212-854-2245
Butler Library - 205 Butler Library

Columbia University Libraries - Access Services by Library

Mayra E. Alvarez

Mayra E. Alvarez

Library Specialist II

  • Access Services Administration

mm57@columbia.edu

(212) 854-3536
Butler Library - 311 Butler Library
Kitty Chibnik

Kitty Chibnik

Associate Director & Head of Access

  • Avery Library

chibnik@columbia.edu

(212) 854-3506
Avery Library - 229 Avery Hall
Jim Crocamo

Jim Crocamo

Head, Access and User Experience

  • Science, Engineering, & Social Sciences Libraries

jc2120@columbia.edu

(212) 854-6769
Science & Engineering Library - 401 Northwest Corner Building
Kenneth B. Harlin

Kenneth B. Harlin

Head, Access Services

  • Starr East Asian Library

kbh2@columbia.edu

(212) 854-4318
C.V. Starr East Asian Library - 300 Kent Hall
Jean Pierre Peguy

Jean Pierre Peguy

Head, Lehman & Journalism Libraries Operations

  • Science, Engineering, & Social Sciences Libraries

jp43@columbia.edu

(212) 854-2588
Lehman Social Sciences Library - 325 International Affairs

Eugene Robinson

Health Sciences Library

(212) 305-4182