About RBML


Mission

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Columbia University’s principal repository for special collections. We collect, preserve, describe, promote, and provide access to the material evidence of diverse individuals and activities in alignment with the University’s research and teaching mission. We build and steward deep collections in select subject areas and connect them to a global audience through reference, teaching, exhibitions, publications, and public programs.


Staff

Contact

Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Butler Library, 6th Floor East
535 West 114th St. MC1127
New York, NY 10027

(212) 854-5590

rbml@library.columbia.edu


Hours

Reading Room Access: Starting September 1, 2021, the reading room will be open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm by appointment only to current Columbia students, faculty and staff whose individual research requires consulting RBML materials.

Reading room seats are limited due to COVID-19 density restrictions and appointments must be booked at least 5 business days in advance. See the Plan Your Visit page for instructions.

We are unable to welcome alumni and other visitors to our reading room at this time. The Libraries are working with the University on a visitor policy with a goal of maintaining the safety of the Columbia community. We invite you to access our Digital Collectionsrequest reproductions, or contact us for alternatives to in-person visits


Directions

We are unable to welcome alumni and other visitors to the library at this time. The Libraries are working with the University on a visitor policy with a goal of maintaining the safety of the Columbia community. Please check here for updates after visitor policies are finalized. We invite you to access our Digital Collectionsrequest reproductions, or contact us for alternatives to in-person visits.

Starting September 1, 2021, the reading room will be open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm by appointment only to current Columbia students, faculty and staff whose individual research requires consulting RBML materials.

When arriving for a reading room appointment: after entering Butler Library, follow the hallway to the left and take the East elevator or stairs to the 6th floor. Look for the double glass doors at the entrance to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Prior to entering the reading room, please wash your hands at one of the restrooms near the elevators.