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International Students

WELCOME AND TIPS

Libraries work differently from country to country. This guide will direct you to important Library resources and services to help you succeed.

Some good things to know:

  • The Library space is for you and other students.  Make yourself comfortable and stay as long as you like.  Favorite spaces in the Library are the 2nd Floor, 3rd Floor North Reading Room, and the 4th floor art book collections.
  • Use chat, text and email services at library.colum.edu to get help, wherever you are. 
  • It is always OKAY TO ASK QUESTIONS.  All Library staff love to answer questions and help you find what you need. 
  • It is always OKAY TO COME BACK AND ASK AGAIN or GET HELP SOLVING A PROBLEM USING THE LIBRARY. 
  • For help finding books and articles, starting projects, and doing research, the ASK DESK on the 2nd floor is a great place to start with help from a librarian.
  • Books and magazines may be used in the Library.  Simply lay the book on a table or take it to the 1st floor when you are finished.
  • Books, CDs and DVDs may be borrowed and taken out of the Library. 
    • Library staff can help you find a book, CD, or DVD. 
    • Bring the book to the Circulation Desk on the first floor.
    • Ask for CDs and DVDs at the 5th floor Media and Equipment Desk.
    • Show your Columbia Student I.D.
  • Many course textbooks are on RESERVE, available at the Circulation Desk on the first floor to be used in the Library only. 
  • Search for and find electronic books, articles, data, reports and video from anywhere, using the search box at library.colum.edu.
  • The Library subscribes to over 180 databases that contain specialized, valuable information not available on the internet for free. 
  • A great place to start searching for books, articles, reports and data is the main search box at library.colum.edu.
  • Always bring your Columbia Student I.D. to the Library.  You will use it to enter the Library, check out books, print, etc.