The Columbia University Libraries are one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 13 million volumes and over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employ more than 400 professional and support staff and host over 4.7 million visitors each year.
Your gift supports the acquisition of and care for special collections such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Tennessee Williams; work-study opportunities for students, such as a science residency in our Conservation Lab; and the upgrade and and maintenance of study spaces totaling more than 4,000 seats and open for a total of 1,327 hours in an average week.
Your support enables us to improve our libraries to be gathering places to pursue scholarly research, to learn about and use information technology, to write, to study, and to draw on our rich collections of print and electronic resources.