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Columbia University Libraries

Columbia University Libraries

The twenty-two libraries at Columbia and its affiliated institutions hold more than 10 million volumes, over 100,000 current journals and serials, and an extensive collection of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. Columbia University Libraries ranks as one of the top five academic library systems in the nation.

The Avery Library at Columbia University is an open-stack, noncirculating research library composed of three collections: Avery, Fine Arts and Ware. The Avery collection, one of the world’s outstanding collections in the field of architecture, also includes materials on archaeology and the decorative arts. The Fine Arts collection represents the range of literature in art history. The Ware collection, the library’s only circulating collection, is composed primarily of urban planning, housing and real estate development materials and also houses English language art and architecture books.

Butler Library at Columbia University houses the University’s collections in the humanities, with particular strengths in history literature, philosophy and religion. Butler also contains one of the country’s most extensive collections of materials pertinent to the study of Greco-Roman antiquity. The stacks consist of 12 floors of books and the entrance is at the third-floor Circulation Desk.

NYU faculty, research associates and student are entitled to reference (i.e. non circulating) access to Columbia Libraries. A reader card is required for access and may be obtained at the Library Information Office in Butler Library during regular business hours upon presentation of NYU ID and other identification.