Access to Columbia University Libraries

For New York University Students and Faculty

Graduate and undergraduate students, full-time faculty and staff from NYU can now utilize the libraries at Columbia, Barnard, Union Theological Seminary, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Teachers College upon display of a currently valid ID card. While most libraries will provide unrestricted reading privileges, there are restrictions on the use of three libraries at Columbia: Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Health Science Library and Law Library.[1]

To obtain reading privileges at participating Columbia University Libraries, an eligible New York University student, faculty, or staff member should present his or her valid NYU identification card at the Library Information Office in Room 201 Butler Library (telephone: 212.854.7309) where an access card will be issued.

For access to Columbia University, visit the Columbia Library Information Office during business hours.

The Columbia Libraries Access Card does not include borrowing privileges. Certain computerized databases for which there is a heavy demand by Columbia's students and faculty are not available for use by the NYU community under this agreement.

  1. Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library: reading privileges are limited to New York University graduate students and faculty in art programs; other NYU students, faculty, or staff may be given a referral to Avery by an NYU librarian when the item is sought is held only at Avery.

  2. Health Sciences Library: reading privileges are limited to NYU Medical and Dental faculty.

  3. Law Library: reading privileges are limited to NYU Law School faculty and students.

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