The Barnard College Library occupies the first three floors of Lehman Hall.  The Archives is located on the tunnel level. The Library offers all the resources and services essential to the mission of an exceptional liberal arts college, including a core collection of academic books, journals and media. The library also maintains significant collections in women’s studies, dance, and art history. Faculty are encouraged to assist in the development of these collections by recommending appropriate additions and identifying new areas of curricular interest. Library hours during the academic year are available on their website.

The library provides many resources to faculty including:

  • circulation
  • reserves
  • research and instructional services
  • course reserves
  • multimedia

Visit their website for more information.


Located on the ground level of Lehman Hall, the Barnard College Archives was founded in 1963 as the permanent repository for the records of the College from the 1880’s to the present day. The Archives documents the history of the College from its founding in 1889, with the earliest records dating from 1883. The repository holds records of the Board of Trustees; administrative offices and departments; architectural drawings; audio and visual material; biographical files; publications and an assortment of ephemera, framed artwork and artifacts--ranging from caps and gowns to plaques and ceremonial trowels.

Columbia University Libraries

Barnard faculty members have full access to all of the Columbia University Libraries (CUL).  Faculty must present a valid ID card for admittance to these libraries and to borrow materials. Further information about the policies, procedures and organization of CUL is available on the Web or you can contact Lisa Norberg, Dean, and Academic Information Services (by email or at x42147).

The spouse or same-sex domestic partner of a full-time, retired or deceased faculty member is eligible for reading or borrowing privileges at CUL. (Proof of marriage or domestic partnership is required.) The children of full-time and retired officers who are in junior high school or high school also have library privileges at CUL. These family members can obtain a library card from the Library Information Office, 234 Butler. There is a $5.00 charge for the card.

For more information, contact Columbia's Library Information Office at x47309 or visit their website.

Other New York City Libraries

The resources of the research collections of the New York Public Library (5th Avenue at 42nd Street) and New York University's Bobst Library (70 Washington Square South) are also available to Barnard faculty.  For more information, see the Barnard Library website.

Other Research Libraries

Barnard faculty have access to the collections of major research libraries in the U.S. and abroad through the SHARES partnership program.  SHARES partners include Cornell, Penn, Princeton, Rutgers, Stanford, the American Academy in Rome and many others. (A complete list of the partners is available on the OCLC website .)  The holdings of all of the libraries in this consortium are included in the WorldCat database.Faculty may visit these libraries in person when traveling (a valid CUID is required) or request materials not available here through Interlibrary Loan.

The Interlibrary Loan and BorrowDirect services also allow faculty to request books not available to them in the Barnard or Columbia Libraries. Borrow Direct materials come directly from participating libraries (Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, Yale) using an online request form. For more information, please consult the library’s website.