Columbia University Libraries

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Columbia University Libraries (CUL) is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, rare books and manuscripts, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials, and the university archives. These services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. Materials not available through CUL (whether because they aren't held or because they're checked out) are available through Borrow Direct, a network of partner libraries.

Columbia's primary library is Butler Library, which houses the humanities and history collections. Other disciplines are located in other buildings throughout campus. The centerpiece of campus is Low Library, which served as a library from 1897 until Butler's completion in 1934.

The catalog is available via CLIO.


Due to limited storage space in Morningside Heights approximately 4 million volumes are stored offsite in Princeton, NJ at ReCAP. ReCAP is a joint program with the Princeton University Library and the NY Public Library. Documents can be requested at no cost, and will be either scanned and delivered electronically, or physically delivered for pickup at almost any Columbia library. The ReCAP facility is managed by Princeton University and is not generally available for visiting, although special arrangements may be made.

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Columbia University Libraries
Avery (Architecture & Fine Arts)Business & EconomicsButlerEngineeringGeologyGeoscienceHealth SciencesJournalismLaw SchoolLehman Social SciencesMathematics LibraryMusic & ArtsScience & EngineeringSocial WorkStarr East Asian
Affiliated Libraries
Barnard CollegeBurke (UTS)Jewish TheologicalTeachers College
Special Collections and Programs

Digital Humanities Center (formerly Electronic Text Service) • Digital Social Science CenterOral History Research OfficeRare Book & ManuscriptUniversity Archives