Archives & Special Collections Reading Room Reopens October 5

Archives & Special Collections at the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library will reopen for onsite research beginning Monday, October 5. Researcher hours will be Monday-Thursday only in two 2-hour slots: 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. No more than 2 researchers will be allowed in any one time slot.

On-site research access will be limited to Columbia University faculty, students, and staff until further notice.

Research appointments must be made at least 2 days in advance. Researchers will be able to make appointments for both time slots. Appointments for consecutive days will be at the discretion of Archives & Special Collections staff. Requests for appointments should be made via

Remote reference remains available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm via

In accordance with New York State reopening guidelines, on-site staffing of the department will be at 50%. This may result in delays in retrieving materials as well as requests for researchers to leave the reading room if staff needs to step out.

Because of required three-day quarantine on materials used by researchers there will be no same-day photocopy or digitization orders. Staff limits will also mean that the number of photocopies or scans that researchers can order will be severely limited. Photography without flash and without stands is allowed.

Researchers must wear a mask at all times in the reading room. Staff and researchers must also observe the appropriate social distancing while interacting.

For more information, see our research access policies and procedures during the pandemic.

These arrangements may change depending on the course of the pandemic in New York City.

Please be patient with us as we navigate our way through this challenging situation.