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Remote Library Services

Services at Barnard

Barnard and Columbia Libraries can support a lot of your research needs remotely. Below you will find a list of services provided by the colleges that you can use.

Chat Reference 

Ask a Librarian is a chat reference service that offers immediate research help during regular business hours. You can check those hours here


CLIO online catalog is the access point for e-books, streaming media, and online journals for the libraries of both Barnard and Columbia. Teachers College and the Law Library at Columbia maintain separate catalogs.

Research Support

  • Personal Librarians: You can make an appointment for online research consultations with your personal librarian, or make an appointment with the next available librarian.

  • Research Guides: The library has created research guides with links to useful reference resources, databases, and other resources organized by subject area or created for specific courses.

Joining your Zoom Class Session

IMATS has created a one-page guide to joining Zoom classes from Canvas.

Teaching Online (for faculty)

​IMATS has created this FAQ for distance learning support. Topics include:

E-Books & E-Textbooks

While searching in CLIO is a great way to find ebooks, it can take a bit of time for newly purchased ebooks to show up there. Try searching these individual ebook databases as well as free and open ebook databases.

For a full list of ebook collections available at Columbia & Barnard, click this link:

Ebooks that need a Barnard/Columbia UNI

Free Online Ebook Resources

Streaming Video at Barnard

These are some selected streaming video databases available to the Barnard/Columbia community. When off-campus, you'll need a UNI to log-in to the databases.

For a full, up-to-date list of video databases that Barnard/Columbia subscribe to, click this CLIO link or check Columbia's guide to streaming video.

New York Public Library

College students that attend New York State colleges but are studying remotely from home out of the state/country may still apply for NYPL cards! 


If you are currently located in New York State

  1. Download the SimplyE app
  2. Click Find Your Library and choose the New York Public Library
  3. Click Settings, then Accounts, then New York Public Library
  4. Click "Don't have a library card? Sign up" and enter the information
  5. Note: You must enable location services to sign up for a library card, but you only need them during the initial sign--up


If you are located outside of New York State

  1. Download and fill out the application below [PDF file].
  2. You must use the Barnard address as your local address.
  3. You must also include a pin number (4 digits).
  4. Email your application/info to Use this subject in the email: NYPL Card Application. 
  5. NYPL staff can process these applications onsite and email you your library card number

Other Remote Resources

Compiled Lists of Free E-Resources

Selected Resources (New York Specific)

Milstein Centers and Special Collections

Milstein Centers

Milstein Library Special Collections