Columbia University Now Open to MarLI Affiliates

We’re happy to share the news that beginning today – Monday, December 6th – Columbia University will welcome back MaRLI affiliates to Butler Library. With its primary strengths in the humanities, Butler holds 2 million volumes, and is the largest of Columbia’s 15 campus Libraries. [Please note that MarLI access does not provide electronic access to the Columbia databases, either from on or off campus.]

How to access: Visitors must reserve an appointment in advance and check in at the Library Information Office with proof of vaccination, ID, and symptom attestation. Kindly refer to the Columbia University Libraries’ Visitors page for more information.

If you are an existing MarLI affiliate: If you have not already done so, simply visit an NYPL Research Division to validate your MaRLI membership and obtain a MaRLI sticker for the current term before your visit. [Please note that onsite access to NYU libraries is not available at this time to MaRLI affiliates.]

What is MarLi and How to Apply – The Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI) is a borrowing program governed by the New York Public Library, New York University Libraries, and Columbia University Libraries. Learn more about the MarLI program here and see if it might be a good fit for your research needs at this time: .

Questions?  Applications to the MarLI program are handled by The New York Public Library, but we can assist by discussing the program with you in more depth, and answering any questions. Feel free to reach us at – or live 24/7 chat – Ask a Librarian. We’re happy to help out!

About the Author

Elvis Bakaitis is currently the Head of Reference at the Mina Rees Library. They're also proud to serve on the University LGBTQ Council, and as a board member of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.