Slide & Video Library

Curator: Tiffany Rattray, tar2124@columbia.edu
Assistant Curator: Sabrina Barker, sb3461@columbia.edu
Assistant Curator: Serena Li, sl3362@columbia.edu

The Architecture Slide and Video Library is a student-run facility providing GSAPP students and faculty with more than 210,000 images in digital, 35mm slide, and lantern slide formats. Our collection also includes VHS and DVD recordings of over twenty years of lectures and events held at GSAPP.

The Collection


The 35mm slide collection covers faculty research interests, images used in history courses, work presented by guest lecturers, and a survey of world architectural history from antiquity to the present day. In addition to 35mm and digital formats, the Slide Library owns a unique collection of antique lantern slides. Created using a technology that is no longer supported, the high-resolution lantern slides often present spaces and views that are the oldest and or completely unique surviving record of past places. These images can be viewed in the Slide Library during open hours.

Our digital image collection grows daily as staff archive and add new images selected by professors, critics or the student curators. Students, faculty, and friends of the school are encouraged to suggest additional images, taking an active role in the design of our collection.

Currently, to browse the digital collection you can visit 204 Fayerweather during open hours or make an appointment with a curator. We are continually partnering with Columbia University Libraries to work towards a more accessible database.


All GSAPP Evening lectures, including many prominent and distinguished practitioners and theorists, are recorded and available for student and faculty use. The SVL offers a range of conferences, films, animations, and related subject matter dating back to 1989 on both VHS and DVD formats. Current GSAPP students and faculty are permitted to borrow all slide library materials (including lecture videos) for presentations, study or other academic purposes. Please visit our facilty to browse our VHS and DVD collection or view the Video Catalogue

GSAPP lecture series videos may also be viewed online using the school's Livestream channel or archived in the GSAPP YouTube page.


Videos may be borrowed for 7 DAYS with valid Columbia ID. Late fees apply to videos not returned on time. Current school year lectures are made available on DVD within 2-4 weeks of the lecture date and are available on iTunes U and YouTube. Requests for VHS lectures to be converted to DVD format may take up to 2 weeks. Search the GSAPP Events calendar for recent lectures or visit the Library to review the catalog of available videos.

Operating Hours

Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 9pm

Monday - Friday: 9am - 1pm

If you are unavailable to visit the Slide Library during open hours, please contact one of the curators to schedule an appointment.

Work Opportunities

As a student run facility, all GSAPP students are invited to apply for a staff position (Work Study eligibility preferred). Entering M.Arch students who work during Year 1 are eligible to apply for one of two Assistant Curator positions during Year II and the SVL Curator position during Year III. Curators work closely with the advisory faculty committee and are awarded tuition stipends.


The Slide Library staff is available to scan small orders for GSAPP faculty and students. To place a digitization request, please stop by SVL or contact a curator.