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University Press E-Books
Since 2013, 963 history e-books published by university presses have been added to our Project MUSE subscription (many are also available in print). Columbia researchers now have access to nearly 30,000 e-books and counting via Project MUSE!


Ever wanted to find materials located in a specific library (i.e. Butler, Avery, Starr, etc.)? Now you can! Just use the new
location keyword search in CLIO...

1. Go to
2. Choose the Catalog link.
3. Click on the dropdown menu in the search box and select 'Location'.
4. Type in the name of a Columbia library, i.e. Butler, and you'll see all of the books cataloged with Butler Library as their location.

*Do an
advanced search to find materials on a specific topic in a particular library location.*


Digital Library Collections

We are pleased to announce the beta launch of our new Digital Library Collections website. The new site combines into one platform the digital content and metadata from many of our digital special collections projects and online exhibitions.

Please visit the site and provide Suggestions & Feedback via the Help Menu at the top righthand corner. And stay tuned for the official public launch in Winter 2015!
South Asian Digitization Project

Columbia will be digitizing (at the rate of approx. one volume per month) the entire 46-volume set of  Dāstān-i Amı̄r Ḥamzah, traditional Urdu romance novels published from the 1880's to 1900's. The books, now housed in RBML, belonged to Frances W. Pritchett, Professor Emerita at Columbia. For further context, see:
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Celebrating the Columbia Spectator's History
Thurs., November 20, 5-7pm
Butler Library 522/523

A panel and reception celebrating the recent launch of the
Columbia Spectator Archive, the second-oldest college daily paper in the country, with digitized issues going back to 1877. The archive is the product of a unique partnership between the Columbia Spectator and the University Archives.

Hip Hop LPs Exhibition

Music & Arts Library, 701 Dodge    

Curated by PhD students Kevin Holt and Maeve Sterbenz , Prof. Ellie Hisama, and Music librarian Nick Patterson, this exhibition features an array of Hip Hop LPs drawn from the library's collections. Through December 24, 2014.     

New RBML Director!

Please join us in welcoming Sean Quimby as the new director of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library!

Quimby joins Columbia from the Syracuse University Libraries, where he served as the Senior Director of Special Collections from 2006 to 2014. He can be reached at 212-854-2232, or at

Old Masters: Art Spiegelman, Jules Feiffer, Alex Melamid
Tuesday, December 2, 6:15pm
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies

Legendary artists and authors Jules Feiffer, Art Spiegelman, and Alex Melamid will discuss the history and achievements of aging artists, with a focus on artists whose best-known works were completed in the later years of their lives.

*RSVP Required*

(Image reprinted from Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel by Jules Feiffer.  © 2014 by B. Mergendeiler)
"Big Open Data"
December 4, 2014, 2-4pm
Presidential Rooms 2 & 3
Columbia University Faculty House

How are large amounts of data managed, made sense of, and made accessible? What are the challenges of working with large open datasets, and how are different academic disciplines making use of them? In this panel discussion, researchers will explore “big open data” from three perspectives: the humanities, journalism, and the social web.

*RSVP Required*

For more details, please visit the Scholarly Communication Program website.
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