Our Collections

Circulating Collection

The Barnard Library is the Columbia University Library specializing in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as in Dance. We hold a unique collection of books in Art and Architecture that complement the Avery Library holdings; the Avery Library holds a largely library-use-only collection, and the Barnard Library collection circulates. Also, as the library of Barnard College, we serve as a general undergraduate library with a thriving collection including humanities, social sciences, and texts used in courses. You can search Barnard materials in CLIO, the Columbia Library Catalog, or visit the shelves. We also share access and contribute to Columbia Library’s digital collections.

Within these specialties, we build several special circulating collections: Barnard Alum Collection; Barnard Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Alum Collection; Barnard FLIP Library (a collaboration with the Columbia First-Generation Low-Income Partnership); Course Reserves; Lesbian Fiction Collection; LGBTQ YA Collection; Media Collection; and Zine Collection.

Want to hear more about or join the process of updating what and how we collect? Please visit our page on our Collection Development Futures Project to learn more and get connected.

We welcome you to visit the Barnard Library Collection in the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning on floors 2, 3, and 4. Our Circulation & Help Desk is on the 2nd floor; come by and talk with us. We look forward to seeing you.

Barnard Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections 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 Archives & Special Collections eading room is in Milstein 423, and the materials are housed in the Milstein Lower Level

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 the second floor of the Milstein Center (see floorplan), while an archival collection is held in the Barnard Archives. Both collections are cataloged and searchable through the CLIO Catalog.

Book Donations

Thank you for thinking of donating materials to the Barnard Library! We are unable to accept gifts of materials 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