Columbia University Libraries is one of the top five academic research libraries in North America. The collections include over 13 million volumes and 160,000 journals and serials in addition to extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employs more than 400 staff members and hosts over 4.7 million visitors each year. 

SIPA students enjoy access to two dozen Columbia and affiliated libraries and associated centers—including Lehman Social Sciences Library in the International Affairs Building. Lehman Libary supports the research and teaching needs of the School of International and Public Affairs and selected academic departments. The facility was renovated in 2007 to add study space and contemporary technology learning tools, rendering it all but unrecognizable to students of previous eras. Read about Lehman Social Sciences Library.

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CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

CIAO is also widely-recognized source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features like the analysis of a bin Laden recruitment tape with video.

CIAO Website

CU Numeric Data Collection

The CU Numeric Data Collection includes a wide range of social science topics, including over 7000 data studies and the ability to filter by author, time, geography, and more.

CU Numeric Data Collection Website


Columbia University Spatial Data Catalog

The CU Spatial Data Catalog is a joint effort by the Columbia University Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Working Group who maintain and contribute data, creating easier access to geospatial data for the Columbia University community.

CU Spatial Data Catalog Website


Economist Intelligence Unit

The Economist Intelligence Unit helps business leaders prepare for opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions.

Success when operating internationally means understanding how tomorrow will differ from today. From such insight comes opportunity. Our forecasting and advisory services have informed entrepreneurs, financiers and government figures around the world since 1946. Our coherent and impartial assessment of the future can be depended on to deliver the insight needed to succeed in a complex and changing world.

Economist Intelligence Unit Website


Libraries and Library Resources

Located in the Mathematics building, the Mathematics Library holds two distinct collections. Mathematics holdings exceed 37,400 volumes covering algebra, number theory, geometry, topology, statistics, and probability. The science collection, totaling about 75,000 volumes, consists of general and multidisciplinary materials including the history of science and technology.
Located on Butler's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors, the Philip L. Milstein Family College Library provides materials and services geared toward Columbia's undergraduates. The collection holds about 100,000 volumes, and is especially strong in history, literature, and the social sciences supporting the undergraduate curricula in Columbia College, General Studies, and to a limited extent, SEAS.
Located in Dodge Hall, the Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library's onsite collection totals over 60,000 printed items, including monographs and serials on western and non-western music, as well as music scores; 20,000 sound and video recordings in multiple formats; CD-ROM indexes and multi-media titles; and several hundred microforms of scholarly interest.
Located in Plainsboro, NJ, the ReCAP shelving facility helps alleviate overcrowded conditions in the stacks to create larger, on-campus study areas and better preserve historical collections. Operated jointly with the New York Public Library and Princeton University, the ReCAP facility currently holds over 8 million items from the three institutions. A courier service provides delivery of requested items to campus within two business days.
Located on Butler Library's 6th floor, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library is home to many of Columbia's greatest treasures. The library contains cuneiform tablets, papyri, ostraca, astronomical and mathematical instruments, maps, works of art, photographs, posters, early printing presses and papermaking equipment, type specimens, sound and moving image recordings, theater set models, puppets, masks, ephemera and memorabilia.
The new Science & Engineering Library, located in the Northwest Corner Building, focuses on research support for the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, and psychology. It provides a collaborative environment supporting rapidly expanding interdisciplinary science and engineering research. The library features seating and study spaces for 345 students and researchers.
Located in the Columbia School of Social Work, the Social Work Library contains more than 75,000 volumes, comprising one of the world's premiere social work and social services collections. It provides comprehensive coverage of the various areas of social work including child welfare, gerontology, health and health care, international social welfare, marriage and the family, and social policy.
Located in Russell Hall at Teachers College, the Gottesman Libraries is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive research libraries in education. The scope of the collections reflects the historic commitment to advanced study in education, psychology, and the health professions, including about 500,000 printed volumes together with substantial non-print collections.