Access to Special Collections
Special Collections material may be consulted in the Milton Handler Rare Books and Manuscripts Room from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday upon appointment. This room is equipped with book cradles, soft lighting, and other resources designed to help ensure the longevity of the Library's collection. In that vein, no bags, coats, pens, flash photography, food, or liquids are permitted in the room. Personal items may be checked with the circulation desk while using the room. Pencils, notepads, computers, and cameras with the flash disabled are welcome.
All Special Collections material is stored in closed stacks on-site and can be retrieved upon request during business hours. Requests may be made in person to the Reference Librarian on duty. Requests may also be made directly to the Special Collections Librarian.
Scholars unaffiliated with Columbia University should coordinate their visit with the Special Collections Librarian prior to their arrival so that they may be issued a visitor's pass.
For further assistance with or access to Special Collections material, please email the Special Collections Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For limited assistance by telephone, contact the Special Collections Librarian at (212) 854-5244 or the Reference Department at (212) 854-3743.