Our Collections

Main Collection

During the construction of the new Teaching and Learning Center, Barnard Library is housed on the first floor of the LeFrak Center, Barnard Hall. Most of our collection is in off-site storage, and is not available for use. However, about 20,000 volumes of our most frequently used books are housed in the Milstein Undergraduate Library in Butler, rooms 406, 406A and 409 (video: How to Find a Barnard Book in the Butler Library).  Construction of the new building is scheduled to be finished in late 2018.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Barnard Reserves, the circulating Zine collection, the Media collection and core collections of the Barnard Archives are housed in the LeFrak Center, as are newly acquired circulating books. We are continuing to purchase books in accordance with our Collection Development Policy. With strength in women's studies, dance, art, and literature, the collections are built and actively managed in collaboration with the Barnard faculty. The collection is fully integrated into the Columbia University Library system and is searchable through the CLIO Catalog, the shared online catalog.

Barnard Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections are located in 114 LeFrak, and serve as the permanent repository for the records of the College from its founding in 1889 to the present day. The Archives document the history of the College and provide source material to administrators, alums, students, faculty, and other members of the Barnard College and Columbia University communities, as well as to outside researchers. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections also seeks to acquire, and actively solicits, Special Collections materials that relate to broader issues of Feminism; Women’s, Sexuality, and Gender Studies; and dance history. The majority of Archives collections are located off-site for the duration of construction but can be requested.

Barnard Zines

The Barnard Zine Library consists primarily of zines written by women with an emphasis on zines by women of color, as well as zines on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders. Zines offer both contemporary and future researchers primary source insights into today's feminist culture. The circulating collection of zines is located on open shelves in the LeFrak Center (see floorplan), while an archival collection is held in the Barnard Archives. Both collections are cataloged and searchable through the CLIO Catalog.

Media Collection

The media collection is kept at the Circulation Desk in LeFrak, and includes over 3,000 DVDs and videos and more than 8,000 music and spoken recordings.

Other Unique Collections

The Barnard Library also has two circulating specialty collections interfiled in the circulating collection in LeFrak: Lesbian Fiction and LGBTQ YA (young adult) Fiction. Both collections are cataloged and searchable through the CLIO Catalog.

Book Donations

Thank you for thinking of donating materials to the Barnard Library! Due to limited capacity in our current space we are unable to accept gifts including books, magazines, CD’s or DVD’s at this time. We encourage people with extra books to consider the following resources:

Better World Books

Better World Books is a self-sustaining, for-profit social venture whose mission is to capitalize on the value of the book to fund literacy initiatives locally, nationally and around the world. They partner with nearly 3,100 libraries and over 1800 college campuses across the U.S. and Canada, collecting unwanted textbooks and library discards in support of non-profit literacy programs.

Contact: clientservices@betterworldbooks.com or submit a request and they will contact you back. They can take large donations of books and can also provide shipping supplies and shipping labels for your donation.

Books Through Bars

To help provide support and encouragement to those in jail, consider donating to Books Through Bars. This organization accepts most types of books and gives them to prisoners who are seeking books within the state. Contact: btb@abcnorio.org or submit a contact form here: http://booksthroughbarsnyc.org/wp/index.php/contact

Columbia University Libraries

For general inquiries, please contact: giftsinkind@library.columbia.edu

New York Public Library

Contact: gifts@nypl.org