The Columbia University librarians are eager to assist students at all phases of their graduate education. In addition to reference services, the CU Libraries offer a variety of workshops and classes to help you make the most of their resources, on- and off-line. Subject area librarians are also available to meet with students individually about research projections and dissertations.
Blue Java Coffee Bar
On the ground floor of Butler Library, you’ll find the Blue Java Coffee Bar. Blue Java offers a variety of coffee drinks and teas, juices, sodas, baked goods, and snacks at lower-than-Starbucks prices. You aren’t allowed to bring coffee into the stacks or reading rooms, but you can enjoy your morning brew in a pleasant seating/work area adjacent to the coffee shop. During the regular academic year, hours are as follows:
• Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
• Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Blue Java accepts cash and dining dollars. For more information on the dining dollars program, click here.
Need a book that isn’t on the shelf? Try Borrow Direct. This handy service allows you to request materials from libraries at Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. Books are usually available within four business days of placing the request and circulate for four weeks. (No renewals allowed.)
Can’t remember how to format those footnotes? Juggling hundreds of bibliographic references? Then download a free copy of Endnote, a citation-management program. Simply click here, then follow the installation instructions. The library offers free training sessions for new users.
The library offers a variety of electronic resources, from full-text databases such as JSTOR to the current edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Visit the E-Resources homepage for an overview of the library’s electronic resources. To receive regular updates on the library’s electronic resources, click here.
Self-Service Copying in the Libraries
As of June 2004, Columbia University's Print Services assumed the management of self-service copiers in all the Morningside Campus Libraries except Law. Columbia students, faculty, and staff can set up Flex Accounts by using current CUID cards, and these Flex dollars can be used for photocopying in the Libraries. Non-Columbia ID holders can purchase Flex cards at stations in several locations, including Butler, Business, Lehman, Barnard, and Teachers College Libraries.
In addition to new digital copiers, prices per page have been reduced to $.10 a page, color copying is available in Business and Avery Libraries, and equipment maintenance has been improved.
For those of you who still have unused copy cards issued by COPICO, our previous vendor, the library installed COPICO card readers on one machine in Butler Library, Room 2L1, and in Avery Library. These readers will remain until the end of December 2004. No refunds will be issued for unused COPICO funds.
All graduate students are given a free printing quota of 20 pages per week. Students wishing to expand their weekly quota to 100 pages must pay a $35/semester fee. Pages can also be purchased on an as-needed basis at the rate of $.10/page for black and white printing, or $1.00 for color printing. More information can be found here.
Note that purchased pages (not quotas) carry over from week to week, as long as your UNI remains valid.
For additional information on printing accounts, policies, and fees, click here.
For commuters and ABDs, Butler Library offers book storage in the form of 110 lockers on the second floor and 54 lockers on the fifth floor. (Fifth floor lockers are for the exclusive use of graduate students.) Students who wish to use the lockers must participate in a lottery. Second floor lockers are reassigned each semester, while fifth floor lockers are reassigned each year. For information on lotteries, deadlines, and policies, click here.