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                       Department of Public Safety - Card Access


University Card Access


The University ID card was introduced in the fall of 2007 as part of a university-wide initiative to help safeguard the campus and assure the safety of personal information. This card, which replaced the Columbia Card, was created to allow automated, authorized access to secured University locations; to allow access to libraries and the gym, where applicable; and to enable students to take advantage of cultural discount programs.



Building Access: Morningside Campus


Many University buildings have a card access system which is activated by the University ID Card. Building access consist of academic building access and the University residence halls. To request access to any academic building, click here.  If you would like more information about Mornigside card access, contact: 212-854-8500.


To request access to URH, contact the Housing and Dining Hospitality Desk: 118 Hartley Hall or 212-854-2779.


For access issues related to the Dodge Physical Fitness Center, contact 212-854-2548.


Building Access: Medical Center


A valid Columbia University ID is required at all times for entry to all Medical Center buildings. To request specifi access to CUMC facilities, click here.  If you would like more information about the CUMC ID Office, including hours and other information, visit their website, email or call 212-305-0238.


Dining Plans, Dining Dollars, and Flex Accounts


Library Borrowing Privileges



  • For information on how to get a new CUID, click here.

  • For information on how to report a lost/stolen CUID, click here.

  • If you would like to request card access, click here.

  • Miscellaneous information regarding the CUID, click here.