All library spaces are closed as of Monday, March 16 in accordance with Columbia University’s and CUIMC’s efforts to protect the health of students, faculty, and staff. Archives and Special Collections is closed, as well as all of the study spaces in the Hammer Health Sciences Building.

Library staff are committed to ensuring uninterrupted access to the services and resources needed to support teaching, learning, and research during this time.

Archives and Special Collections staff will attempt to answer inquiries to the best of its ability but will only have access to digital collections, databases, and some photographs. For inquiries please contact

The following is in place:

Access to Services and Resources

  • Ask a Question – Use our contact form to ask a question or to consult with an Informationist. Staff will be on duty 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday to respond quickly to your inquiry. 

Return of Print Materials

Please do not return library materials until further notice, either in person or by mail. If your materials are due, please renew using My Account in CLIO. No fines will be charged for overdue or recalled items until further notice. 

Campus Operations

Please continue to refer to the University’s COVID-19 Guidance for the Columbia Community and the CUIMC Coronavirus Resource Center for information about classes, campus events, health updates, travel restrictions, and preventative measures.​