Guide to European and UK Libraries, Archives and Research Centers: Home

About this Guide

This guide is intended to help you to identify archives, special libraries, and/or research centers for your history senior thesis research. It is not meant to be exhaustive, but to offer guidance as you embark on your research and to organize helpful information in one place.

Find Books and Dissertations

Start with CLIO to find books and journals in Columbia University library collections. (Use Educat for resources in the Teachers College Library.)

Then try WorldCat, the largest online catalog in the world, with over 100 million book and journal records.

To find dissertations, start with Proquest Digital Dissertations. Also check Dissertations & theses. UK & Ireland and DART, Europe's E-theses portal.

Other essential resources include:

  • Center for Research Libraries
    The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) makes primary and rarely-held research materials available to Columbia affiliates via interlibrary loan and document delivery.  CRL holdings are strong in newspapers, foreign dissertations, and international materials.
  • Borrow Direct
    Borrow Direct enables Columbia University students, faculty, and staff to request books only from Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University.
  • Interlibrary Loan enables eligible Columbia University affiliates to borrow materials (journals/articles, microfilm, audiovisual content, etc.) from other libraries and universities and obtain copies of articles or book chapters from titles that are not owned or available at Columbia.
  • Scan & Deliver enables students, faculty and staff to request electronic delivery of articles and book chapters from the general print collections of most Columbia Libraries.

Subject Specialists

There are librarians for just about every discipline here at Columbia. Feel free to reach out with any research need!

Directory of Subject Specialist Liaisons

European Studies Librarians

Ian Beilin, Philosophy & German Studies Librarian,

Meredith Levin, Western European Humanities Librarian,

Socrates Silva, Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian,

John Tofanelli, British & American History and Literature,


Butler Library

Black Livers Matter International

Information and links on worldwide Black Lives Matter movements.