COVID-19 service note: Due to the pandemic, we are temporarily pausing self-service on our print collection as described in this article. If you are looking for a book located at the Health Sciences Library, please use the "Pick-up" or "Scan" link in CLIO to request the material. Our staff will process the request and notify you when it is ready.

Did you know that the Health Sciences Library keeps the newest and most frequently used print books in the Knowledge Center? Here are key points on how to locate books and check them out.

First, use CLIO, the online catalog, to see what is available
CLIO contains information on all of the Columbia University Libraries collections, both in print and electronic. Books that are available on the Library shelves will say “Health Sciences” in the location field.

Next, locate books by call number
Once you find a book in CLIO, note the call number information to locate it on the shelves. We use the Library of Congress call number system, which groups books by subject area. An example call number is QP355.2 .B425 2016, which is for the book Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain by Mark F. Bear. Follow the Knowledge Center call number signs to locate the area where your book is shelved.

Finally, use the self-checkout kiosk to borrow books
The self-checkout kiosk is near the circular Service Desk in the Library. You can use the kiosk 24/7 to borrow any of the circulating books on the shelves.

The on-site print collection is just a small representation of the many resources available. We have many more print books and journals available at other Columbia University Libraries locations and at the offsite shelving facility, ReCAP. In addition, you can access millions of electronic books, journals, and databases in CLIO. Happy reading!


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