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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 Spring 2022
  • Avery Access: Avery is open to current Columbia University students, faculty, and staff. Patrons must comply with the Columbia Community Health Compact for entry. Visitor and alumni access remains suspended until further notice. Masks are currently required at all times, regardless of vaccination status, in keeping with the Columbia University COVID-19 Monitoring Plan.

  • Using the Collections: Avery Library’s stacks and spaces are open to eligible Columbia affiliates. Patrons may browse the stacks and use items from the research collections in the library. Additionally, the Avery-LC collection is largely circulating and items may be checked out of the library.

  • Special Collections: Avery Classics, Art Properties, & Drawings & Archives are open by appointment to eligible Columbia affiliates. Please contact the relevant department with your research questions or to make an appointment.

  • Research & Teaching Support: Avery staff are available to assist faculty with teaching online and to support students with research projects and assignments. Here’s what you need to know.

Please see the Avery Library page for the latest updates and be sure to monitor the Columbia University Libraries Alerts page for all service updates.

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.