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Research Reading Rooms at Butler

Located on the 5th and 6th floors of Butler Library, the Research Reading Rooms offer quiet study space along with non-circulating collections of relevant primary and secondary sources for particular disciplines.

  • African Studies (Room 607)
  • American History & Literature (Room 502)
  • Ancient & Medieval Studies (Room 603)
  • Comparative Literature & Society (Room 615)
  • Early Modern/Modern Europe (Room 504)
  • Edward Said (Room 616)
  • Islamic Studies (Room 602)
  • Latin American Studies
    (Room 503)
  • Moral & Political Theory
    (Room 504)
  • Papyrology & Epigraphy
    (Room 604)
  • South Asian Studies (Room 601)

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The Columbia University Libraries offer a wide range of research, instruction, and borrowing services to support all levels of academic research.

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  • We offer a variety of study spaces and venues. 

Finding Library Materials

  • The Libraries' website is a gateway to collections and services.
  • CLIO is the libraries' primary search interface. It provides access to many kinds of resources, including books, databases, journals, and articles. 
  • 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.
  • Borrow Direct enables you to borrow books directly from other university libraries if the book you need is unavailable or is not owned by Columbia University.
  • Interlibrary Loan is the service to use for items that are not available through Borrow Direct, such as journal articles.
  • Access to Other Libraries: Information on reciprocal access and on-site borrowing privileges at a number of other universities, including NYU. 

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