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Avery Library

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library is the world’s leading architecture library, located in Avery Hall, and houses the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, the most comprehensive periodical index in the field.
Avery Library Access Fall 2022

Avery Library is open to current Columbia University students, faculty, and staff, and alumni and retirees of the university with valid CUID. For more information, including how to obtain an alumni or retiree ID, please visit the Columbia University Libraries Visitors Page.

All others interested in visiting Avery Library and its collections should email avery@library.columbia.edu.

User Privileges
Columbia University undergraduate and graduate students,faculty,and teaching assistants are eligible for semester loan privileges in most libraries. All Columbia libraries are open to valid Columbia ID holders, regardless of discipline or use—with the exceptions of the Law Library and Business Library during midterm and finals and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML), which is limited to use of RBML materials only. Full-time officers may designate a teaching assistant or research assistant as a deputy borrower as long as the assistant has an official University ID and their own borrowing records. Full-time officers of Columbia University may also obtain library privileges for spouses, and domestic partners. Columbia University alumni who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree are eligible for reading privileges. Please consult the Library Information Office for specifics.
Library Information Office

The Library Information Office (LIO), is located in Room 201 Butler Library, just to the left of the main entrance. LIO staff provide a wide variety of services to faculty, staff, students, and visiting readers, including initial requests for visitor access to the Columbia University Libraries. The office also answers general questions about any of the Libraries’ services and resources, administers user privileges, clears library blocks due to overdue fines/fees, and distributes publications of a general nature about the Libraries.

Information about library privileges may be found on this page.