Columbia University Libraries
Columbia University Libraries (CUL) is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include 13 million volumes, 160,000 current serial subscriptions, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 17 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employ more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources.
The Science & Engineering Library, located in 401 Northwest Corner Building, focuses on research support for the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and psychology, as well as providing a collaborative environment supporting rapidly expanding interdisciplinary science and engineering research. The Science and Engineering Library is home to the Digital Science Center, where high-end computers are especially equipped with software and hardware to support teaching, learning, research, and innovation in the science and engineering disciplines. Group study, individual carrels, and staff consultation spaces along with printing and scanning facilities are included in this library, which offers spectacular views of the Columbia campus and Morningside Heights.
Online, CUL provides access to extensive collections of electronic journals, ebooks, handbooks, standards, patents, and society publications. Databases such as Compendex, INSPEC, Scopus and Web of Science help patrons to pinpoint relevant engineering and science research.