Who we serve

The primary clientele of the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library are the students, educators, researchers, and clinicians of the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Services and resources are extended to a few other groups.

The Health Sciences Library is part of the Hammer Health Sciences Center. Access to this building is governed by university-issued ID cards and administered by the Public Safety department. The Health Sciences Library does not issue library cards or other privileges for purchase. Any privileges purchased through the Columbia University (CU) Library Information Office (LIO) at the Butler Library do not extend to the Health Sciences Library.

Those seeking to perform historical research should contact the Library’s Archives and Special Collections department.

For more information on privileges, please select the patron group which applies to you:

Alumni

CU (main campus) full- & part-time students, officers, and full-time staff

CUMC full- & part-time students, officers, and full-time staff

CUMC part-time staff

METRO member library affiliates

New-York Presbyterian full-time staff

New York Psychiatric Institute full-time staff

Retirees

Spouses and domestic partners of students and faculty

Visiting scholars


CUMC full- & part-time students, officers, and full-time staff

  • 24/7 access to the Knowledge Center
  • Off-campus access of electronic resources
  • Borrowing of materials from Columbia University Libraries and partner institutions
  • Use of course reserves materials
  • Interlibrary loan requests 

NewYork-Presbyterian full-time staff

Upon registration at the Health Sciences Library for a borrowing account, NewYork-Presbyterian full-time staff can also establish the following privileges:

  • Borrowing of Columbia University Libraries materials
  • Library-staff mediated Interlibrary Loan requests

New York Psychiatric Institute full-time staff

Upon registration at the Health Sciences Library for a borrowing account, New York Psychiatric Institute full-time staff can also establish the following privileges:

  • Borrowing of Columbia University Libraries materials

Interlibrary loan requests can be directed to the NYPSI Library.


Columbia University (main campus) full- & part-time students, officers,and full-time staff

Columbia University (main campus) full- and part-time students, officers, and full-time staff have privileges established by the main campus libraries. In addition to those privileges, this group has the following privileges at the Health Sciences Library:

  • Access to the Knowledge Center during staffed hours
  • Off-campus access of electronic resources 
  • Borrowing of Columbia University Libraries materials

Columbia University Medical Center part-time staff


Columbia University Medical Center and Columbia University alumni

Both Columbia University Medical Center and Columbia University (main campus) alumni must obtain an alumni card from the Library Information Office at the Butler Library. Those alumni with a valid ID have privileges established by the main campus libraries. In addition to those, alumni have the following privilege at the Health Sciences Library:


Columbia University Medical Center and Columbia University retirees

Both Columbia University Medical Center and Columbia University (main campus) staff who retire and have been employed ten or more years are entitled to a continuation of their library privileges. The retiree role is created by Human Resources. See their page for more information. Once established, retirees have privileges established by the main campus libraries. In addition to those, retirees have the following privilege at the Health Sciences Library:


Spouses and domestic partners of Columbia University Medical Center and Columbia University students or faculty

Both Columbia University Medical Center and Columbia University (main campus) students and faculty may register a spouse or domestic partner with the main Columbia University campus Library Information Office at the Butler Library. Once established, spouses or domestic partners have privileges established by the main campus libraries. In addition to those, spouses or domestic partners have the following privilege at the Health Sciences Library:


Visiting scholars

Visiting scholars are named at the recommendation of a Dean or Chairperson and with the approval of the Provost. Visiting scholars have the following privilege at the Health Sciences Library:


METRO member library affiliates

Columbia University Libraries is a participant of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). Member libraries can provide their patrons with a referral card to access material not available in their home institution. The Health Sciences Library only honors the item referral, or YELLOW, card, which permits the holder to consult a specific item and is valid for one day only. Arrangements must be made at least 7 business days prior to the visit by emailing the Health Sciences Library at hs-library@columbia.edu.


Children of Columbia University Medical Center full- & part-time students, officers, and full-time staff

Members of the Columbia University Medical Center community who wish to bring their children to the Health Sciences Library may do so during staffed hours. Children must be supervised at all times by a parent and not be disruptive to other patrons.


 

For more information about this policy contact:
Eric Dillalogue, Access Services Manager, ed2747@columbia.edu

Last updated: 10/2017