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

Library Orientation

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

Catalog Assistance

Assistance can be provided with either CLIO, Columbia’s Online Catalog. When needed, assistance is also available with the remaining paper card catalogs.  Please contact the Access Services Division liaison (see the contact list below) 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.

Stack Access

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 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

Coordinator of Library Services for Persons with Disabilities
Mayra Alvarez
(212) 854-3536

Director, Butler Access
Francie Mrkich
(212) 854-2245

Columbia University Libraries - Access Services by Library

Avery Library
Kitty Chibnik
(212) 854-3506

Business Library
Kathleen Dreyer
(212) 854-7804

Butler Library
Mayra Alvarez
(212) 854-3536

Health Sciences Library
Eugene Robinson
(212) 305-4182

Journalism Library and Lehman Library
Jean Pierre Peguy
(212) 854-2588

Science and Engineering Libraries
Jim Crocamo
(212) 854-6769

Starr East Asian Library
Ken Harlin
(212) 854-1501