Access Policy at the Gottesman Libraries

| February 18, 2013

Although questions at the circulation desk vary, a common question is in regards to borrowing privileges at the Gottesman Libraries.

The primary role of the Gottesman Libraries is to serve the teaching, research and scholarly activities of students, faculty, and staff of Teachers College. To best fulfill this mission, access policies are in effect, requiring members of Teachers College and affiliated institutions, namely Columbia University, Barnard College, Union Theological and Jewish Theological seminaries, to show a member ID to Security staff upon entering the campus. A current TC identification card allows full reading and borrowing privileges at the Gottesman Libraries and throughout all of Columbia University Libraries.

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METRO (New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency) Members

Residents of the New York Metropolitan area may use materials in the Gottesman Libraries when items are not available elsewhere in the city. New York residents must have a METRO courtesy card referral from their local institution or public library (including the New York Public Library). METRO Courtesy Cards should be presented to Security upon entering Zankel Building.

Research Libraries Group (RLG) Members

Students, faculty, and academic or professional staff of RLG member institutions are entitled to reading privileges upon presentation of appropriate institutional identification to the Zankel Building Security Desk. Persons affiliated with RLG institutions located in the New York metropolitan area are governed by METRO (see above).

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholar is a category of appointment to the College at the recommendation of a dean, director, or chairperson of a department. Visiting Scholars may register with the Office for Security, bringing documentation of the appointment.

For further information about access or borrowing privileges, please contact us.