Book pick-up service is now available

Columbia University faculty, students, and staff can now request pick-up of eligible circulating library collections. Eligible items have a “Pick-Up” link in their CLIO records that enables users to place requests. When items are ready for pick-up, users will receive item available notices via e-mail.

Books from most libraries and collections can be picked up at Butler Library. Books from Avery, Burke, East Asian, and the Health Sciences Library (HSL) need to be picked up at their holding locations. Visit the Pick-Up Service page for terms of service and information on Morningside Pick-Up services. Continue reading for information on HSL Pick-Up service.

Where do I pick up HSL books?

Pick-up of HSL books is in the Knowledge Center of the Health Sciences Library, located on Lobby Level of the Hammer Health Sciences Center.

What time is pick-up?

Pick-up hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

When will my book(s) be ready?

Turnaround time is based on item availability and staff capacity. Generally, please expect 2 to 3 business days. Users will receive an Item Available Notice when books are ready. Once ready, users will have one week to pick up.

How do I pick up?

Contactless pick-up is offered inside the Knowledge Center at the information desk. Indicate your UNI and display your ID to the staff. Staff will retrieve bagged items and place them on the desk for pick up.

If there is a wait, please line up with six feet apart. Face covering is required at all times inside the Hammer Health Sciences Center.

How do I return books?

Return books to the cart with the “Book Return” sign inside the Knowledge Center near the entrance. Return hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Returned items will undergo a week of quarantine before being processed. Please note that we are NOT accepting materials from Morningside libraries. Morningside materials can be returned to book bins outside Barnard Library, Butler Library, Starr East Asian Library, and the Science and Engineering Building.

Please contact us if you have any questions about this service.