Visitors

Columbia University alumni, retirees, consortial partners, and other approved visitors in categories listed below may access all library locations with a valid existing CUID. A new CUID, if needed, can be requested from the Library Information Office during business hours for alumni and the campus ID center for retirees. All visitors must adhere to the University's COVID-19 policies

Find more information about alumni privileges here

Certain other visitors may continue to access Columbia University Libraries. Visitors must check in for each visit at the Library Information Office in Butler Library during business hours with ID. Hours can be found here. Visitors may ONLY enter Butler Library during Library Information Office business hours, which differ from Butler Library hours. 

Visitor affiliation types currently permitted to enter Columbia University Libraries:

  • Spouses, Domestic Partners, and Dependents of Columbia University Officers*
  • Spouses and Domestic Partners of current Columbia University students*
  • Consortial Partners (SHARES, MaRLI, Borrow Direct Plus, 2CUL, NYU)
  • METRO
  • Fee-paying borrowers (please contact the Library Information Office for questions)
  • Jewish Theological Seminary students, faculty, and staff
  • Special agreements as approved by the Libraries 

Requirements for those visitors:

  • Visitors must present government-issued ID upon applying for a Columbia ID card.  
  • If a visitor exits Butler Library, they must re-enter through the Library Information Office during open hours, which differ from Butler Library building hours. Hours can be found here.
  • Visitors must exit Butler Library by 11 p.m. 

Day Visitors may continue to access Butler Library only. Visitors must check in for each visit at the Library Information Office in Butler Library during business hours with ID. Hours can be found here. Visitors may ONLY enter Butler Library during Library Information Office business hours, which differ from Butler Library hours.  Day visitors include:

  • Visitors with a research appointment
  • Visitors attending events, programs, or viewing an exhibition
  • Interview candidates or individuals with appointments
  • Individuals sponsored by a Columbia University Officer with a letter of introduction

*To arrange access for spouses and domestic partners, please contact the Library Information Office before visiting. 

If you have questions about your status as a visitor, please contact the Library Information Office before visiting.