Barnard Library is open for seating and access to stacks for Barnard and Columbia students, staff, and faculty. Read more about our hours or current Barnard Library services. Questions? Reach out to the virtual circulation & help desk or

Meet Monica McCormick, New Dean of BLAIS

We’re excited for Monica McCormick to join us as Dean of BLAIS, starting August 16th. Monica comes to Barnard from University of Delaware, where she held the position of Associate University Librarian for Publishing, Preservation, Research & Digital Access. At Delaware, she led four departments — Library IT, Digital Collections & Preservation, Digital Scholarship & Publishing, and the University of Delaware Press. Previously, she spent nine years as Program Officer for Digital Scholarly Publishing at New York University. Learn more about her in the community message from Provost Linda Bell. We look forward to working with Monica; please join us in warmly welcoming her to Barnard!

Library Seating

legs of a woman sitting in the library peeking out from behind stacks of books
Photo credit: Lola Lafia

Students, you no longer need a reservation to grab a seat at the Barnard Library! Seats on Barnard Library at Milstein Center on floors 1, 2, and 3 are open for students to use M-F 11a-6p on a first-come first-serve basis. Find up-to-date information from Barnard about Accessing Campus and look for Current Barnard Library Services to add more in-person services in the upcoming month. We look forward to seeing you! Questions? Visit the Virtual Circulation & Help Desk.


Staff News

Katie Brady


Katie Brady BC '20, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the Vagelos Computational Science Center, leaves Barnard to work on software development at a startup. Katie was essential in the transition of the CSC to remote programming. She coordinated, developed, and taught virtual events and workshops while maintaining impressive registration numbers. Among these, Katie taught two workshops at NYC Open Data Week hosted by the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics, BetaNYC, and Data Through Design. She helped inaugurate the CSC’s Computing Fellows Program, which pairs Fellows with courses that have computational themes. We wish Katie the best of luck!

Ana Lam


Ana Lam BC'20, Post-Bacc for the Digital Humanities Center, will be leaving Barnard to be the Data-Oriented Software Engineer at YourStake PBC where she will research and build environmental and social impact datasets for sustainable investing. This work resonates with her Post-Bacc research project on mapping environmental (in)justice in NYC. Next year, in 2022, she will begin graduate studies at Utrecht University in gender and postcolonial studies. While at the DHC, Ana contributed to a number of projects, helped organize events like the Queer Asylum series and Monumental Action series, and co-taught several workshops. We wish Ana all the best!




We part ways with Nathália SantosIMATS Academic Technology Specialist, who was key in supporting Zoom and Canvas throughout online learning. She leaves Barnard to pursue a PhD in Sociology at Cornell. We'll miss her, but we wish her the best of luck!


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Zines: Queer Zest Zine Fest | Saturday, August 7th 7-8pm ET

Barnard Zine Library staff members will participate in two days of tabling at the Queer Zest Zine Fest. Zine Tech Claudia Acosta and student zine assistant Ren Huang BC '22 will present about the zine library on Saturday night. The zine fest will take place over Discord and Zoom, with Barnard providing communication and accessibility services.

Allison Costa performs Time Enough: Clock: November 2020 (Sensing Time)
Image: Time Enough: Clock: November 2020 (Sensing Time), created by Allison Costa. Visualizations created with the help of Brian Eno & Peter Chilvers' "Trope"


Movement Lab: Installation: "Time Enough" by Allison Costa | August 30th - September 10th

Using immersive and interactive projection, this installation presents “Time Enough,” Allison Costa’s Post-Baccalaureate creative research project studying our perception and experience of time through dance and technology. Open M-F 12-5pm. 

IMATS & Barnard Library

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Photo: Architectural Record

Barnard and Columbia current students, staff, and faculty can now access independent streaming films including the documentaries Decade of Fire (about Black and Latinx community advocacy in the 1970s Bronx against structural racism, fires, and displacement) and Coded Bias (about racist impacts of facial recognition, which does not accurately “see” faces of people of color) and other vital and independently-distributed films.

IMATS and Barnard Library Operations worked together to create this new capacity to host and stream digital files for which we can buy educational streaming licenses.


STUFF, Dianne Smith, install image showing a wall-size installation with three video works and brown woven butcher paper

STUFF, Dianne Smith's art installation in the lobby of Milstein is up through Monday, August 16th! Smith has also donated a collection of papers documenting her life, art practice, and teaching to the archives. Kaya Alim BC'22 processed the collection and wrote the finding aid, which is available now!

Movement Lab

The Movement Lab is now accepting applications for our Fall '21-Spring '22 Student Artist-in-Residence! Applications due September 24th, 2021Apply

DHC & Barnard Library

Books in the DHC collection

At the intersections of digital humanities, Black feminist theory and praxis, and environmental sustainability - this is where the Barnard Digital Humanities Center thrives and builds, and now we have added a circulating collection of books at these intersections as well!

Until we fully reopen, you can browse the Barnard DHC collection online in CLIO and use the links in any item’s CLIO record to request a chapter scan or request the book for pick-up. We’re excited to invite you to read the Barnard DHC Collection, part of the Barnard Library collection.

Staff Highlights

graphic with text, "Abolition Propaganda and Zine Fair, Saturday August 21, 12-7pm. Save the date and apply to vend by July 19." The People's Forum logo appears on the top left (stylized title in a circle). A graphic on the right depicts prison bars with a thorned rose between them.

Barnard Zine Librarian, Jenna Freedman is a co-organizer for the Abolitionist Propaganda and Zine Fair. The in-person fair will offer a space where people can share educational and organizing materials including zines, pamphlets, posters, stickers, and buttons.

Attend the fair at The People's Forum (20 West 37th Street) on August 21st from 12-7pm.