Columbia University Libraries

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Columbia University Libraries
Alma mater at Columbia University IMG 0917.jpg
old Library of Columbia University, in New York City
Country  United States
Type Academic library system
Branches 25
Size 12.3 million
Other information
Director James G. Neal

The Columbia University Libraries is the library system of Columbia University. With over 10.4 million volumes, is the sixth largest academic library in the United States; it is the third largest library — and the largest academic library — in the State of New York. The system includes 25 libraries in total, primarily located on or near the university's Morningside Heights campus in New York City.

Facts and figures[edit]

The Columbia library system contains over 65,000 serial subscriptions, nearly six million microfilms, 26 million manuscripts, over 600,000 rare books, over 100,000 videos and DVDs, and nearly 200,000 government documents. The library's collection would stretch 174 miles end-to-end, and is growing at a pace of 140,000 items per annum. The system attracts over three million visitors a year.[1]

The system is participating in the Google Books Library Project.

The libraries[edit]


The libraries in the Columbia system include:

Additionally, Columbia shares an off-site shelving facility, located in Plainsboro, New Jersey, with the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (RECAP), which includes the New York Public Library and the library system of Princeton University.

Low Memorial Library, a prominent building on Columbia's campus emblazoned with the inscription "The Library of Columbia University", is no longer chiefly a library, serving instead as the university's administrative center. It was the university's central library from the 1890s to the 1930s, when due to shortage of space it was supplanted by Butler Library. The Columbia University Archives collection, formerly housed in Low, is now located within the Rare Book and Manuscript Library on the 6th floor of Butler Library.

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