Access for Alums

Browsing & Borrowing at Barnard Library

We offer Barnard College alums free access to browse and borrow from the Barnard Library collection in the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning. To receive access, visit the Barnard Alumnae Relations Office to obtain a Barnard Alum ID card, and bring that card to the Barnard Library Circulation & Help Desk on the 2nd floor of the Library in the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning.

When borrowing with an Alum ID card, you cannot renew books online; you must renew them in person or by telephone (212-854-3938).  The Barnard Library loan period for alums is four weeks.

Accessing the Archives

The Barnard Archives and Special Collections 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. We also seek to acquire Special Collections materials that relate to broader issues of Feminism; Women’s, Sexuality, and Gender Studies; and the history of dance.

If you are interested in researching any aspect of the history of Barnard, or if you have materials from your time at Barnard that you would like to donate, please contact us at or visit

Scanning Documents

You can use our scanners in the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning to scan printed materials free of charge and send the scanned document to your e-mail, for later printing.

Computers at Barnard Library & Columbia Libraries Privileges

In order to login to computers at the Barnard Library (and to gain access to enter and browse at the other libraries in the Columbia Libraries system), obtain a Columbia Alum ID card in the Library Information Office. Some alums have had difficulties (re)activiting their UNI, typically because a piece of information is incomplete in their file. Alumnae Relations can update your file. Please call 212.854.2005. This card, which is free, provides Barnard alums with visiting and reading privileges and access to some online databases

A library account with borrowing privileges for the whole Columbia Libraries system can be purchased for $30.00 per month at the Library Information Office. With this account, you can renew books online, and obtain information about your account by connecting to “My Library Account.”