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Columbia University Libraries
When thinking of the Columbia University Libraries, think of the two iconic buildings that flank and anchor the Morningside Heights campus: Low Library to the north, and Butler Library to the south. No other college or university campus is defined so emphatically by its libraries.
Our libraries are central to Columbia; their architectural prominence reflects their place in the intellectual and cultural life of the Columbia community. In equal measure, the support of our alumni and friends gives us the resources necessary to acquire and preserve distinctive collections and to provide our students with an environment conducive to learning and exploration. Columbia's Libraries rank as one of the top five academic library systems in the nation. Your generosity will help us keep it so.
Become a Friend of the Libraries
Join other alumni and friends in supporting Libraries programs and events.
Save our sound and video legacies
Migrate fragile tapes, films, discs, and other endangered media to digital preservation.
Audio and video preservation is costly and important. Older tapes and films were made with unstable materials and liable to decay. They urgently need to be migrated to digital files for long-term preservation. Save a song, a memoir, a documentary.
Adopt an electronic resource
Databases, journals, and indexes serve all disciplines at Columbia.
Sponsor an oral history
Our Oral History program is the oldest and finest in America.
Digitize a special collection
Put some of our choice books, manuscripts, and archives on the web.
Support educational technologies for teaching and learning
Help our staff bring new tools and resources to students and faculty.
Endow a book fund
Endowed book funds guarantee support for our collections in all fields and areas.
Endowed book funds are the Libraries' insurance policies for the future. Create a named endowed fund with any gift of $50,000 or greater and guarantee that scholars in the future will continue to have access to the sources they need. Books and materials acquired through your gift will be bookplated with the name of your fund.
There are many opportunities to update and upgrade work spaces for students.
Endow a librarian or curator
Our talented staff are expert in dozens of fields and specialties.
Our librarians and curators are links to the academic community in fields as diverse as Chinese Studies, architecture, music, and Classical studies. Endowing their positions allows us to deepen and enrichen communities of expertise at Columbia.