Barnard Library is open for seating and access to stacks for Barnard and Columbia students, staff, and faculty. Masks are required in the library. Read more about our hours or current Barnard Library services.

Access Services

Spring Break Hours & Semester Hours @ Barnard Library:

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Reserve seating on MLC 1, 2, 3 & Chat with us at the Virtual Circulation & Help Desk
Monday-Friday 11am-6pm


Open Data Week 2021

Introduction to Data Visualization using NYC Open Data | Tuesday, March 9th 4-6pm ET

Gain the tools you need to create complex and beautiful data visualizations with NYC Open Data using the Altair library, while also receiving an introduction to coding in Python. We’ll cover Python basics before diving into DataFrames, HTTP requests, JSON and other data storage styles, and data visualizations. No prior coding experience needed. Sign up to receive the Zoom link.



How-To Senior Thesis Tips and Tricks | Wednesday, March 10th 6-7pm ET

Are you a sophomore or junior and curious about what a senior thesis looks like? Want to learn how to navigate the information and support available through Barnard's library and Centers? Hear from our panel of seniors from STEM, social science, and humanities majors about their research processes and creative ways of sharing their knowledge. Sign up to receive the Zoom link.



GIS in Python using NYC Open Data | Friday, March 12th 4-6 pm ET

This workshop is meant to be an introduction to geospatial data analysis and visualization in Python. We will work on Python coding skills, present GIS tools, and explore visualizing NYC Open Data. Sign up to receive the Zoom link. Contact Katie at with any questions.

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Micro-Productions Workshop | Friday, March 12th 1-2:30pm ET

Have you always wanted to make a short film or a video art piece using nothing but your phone? Join the Media Center for this workshop on how to use the tools you already have to shoot cinematic images that you can edit together to create a masterpiece. Sign up in advance to receive a smartphone tripod and lens kit to boost the quality of your image capturing!

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Creation is Everything You Do: Shange, The Sisterhood & Black Collectivity | Tuesday, March 16th 6-7:30pm ET

Join our invited writers, Patricia Spears Jones, Mecca Jamiliah Sullivan, and Courtney Thorsson, for a discussion of Ntozake Shange's (‘70) place in The Sisterhood and other collectives.

Where does literary organizing fit into histories of black feminist activism? What lessons can these earlier groups offer young women today about organizing and cultivating artistic communities? And how can they claim space for radical voices?

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Crip Camp Directors Panel | Tuesday, March 16th 7-8:30pm ET

Join the directors of the award-winning documentary Crip Camp, Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, and editor Eileen Meyer, for a panel and audience conversation about the making and production of Crip Camp, moderated by architecture faculty member Ignacio G. Galán. Topics will include the disability civil rights movement, ways to include disability in conversations around equity, and the importance of representation of disability on-screen. Watch Crip Camp

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MeMoSa: Disappearing Acts @ 50 with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs | Thursday, March 18th 5:30-7pm ET

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs continues Disappearing Acts @ 50, a multimedia performance which comments on feminism and misogyny in the time of COVID through a meditation composed of text, song lyrics, and movement. The performance will feature Algerian dancer and North African dance educator, Esraa Warda. In her poetry, Diggs ruminates on the erasure that black and brown female bodies (of advanced years) encounter within society, the temporal nature of identity, and what it means to be a woman of color entering her 50s. RSVP Required

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The Science, Technology, Empathy & Mechanics of Zine Making | Thursday, March 18th 5:30-7pm ET

For little folded pieces of paper, zines can be surprisingly tricky to make. Barnard Zine Library staff members Claudia Acosta and Jenna Freedman will provide guidance on layout, binding, printing, and sharing zines online and in the mail, as well as share their zine culture recommendations. There will be time for questions and contributions from participants, as well!

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Webmaps with Mapbox | Thursday, March 18th 6-7:30pm ET

Come join us for a workshop on how to create a webmap using Mapbox! Learn how to represent data in Mapbox and use their design tools to take your maps to the next levelRSVP to receive the zoom link. 

Intro to Data Visualization with Python for the Scientist | Friday, March 19th 2-4pm ET 

The workshop will focus on working with neuroscience and climate science data to create various kinds of visualizations including line graphs, histograms, and maps. No coding experience necessary and no need to download Python beforehand. Sign up to receive the Zoom link. Contact Bryn at with questions.

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STUFF: a 45th Anniversary Celebration of Ntozake Shange's "for colored girls..." | Monday, March 22nd 7-8pm ET

Celebrate STUFF, Dianne Smith’s installation in the lobby of the Milstein Center, and pay tribute to the 45th anniversary Broadway debut of Ntozake Shange's ('70) groundbreaking work, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.” Join us for an evening of special remarks, a panel discussion, audience Q&A, and musical and dance performances inspired by Shange’s legacy.

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Radical Joy with Sydnie L. Mosley | Friday, March 26th 1-3pm ET

Practice how to tap into your joySydnie and SLMDances will share their practices of "joy at all costs" as a balm and a catalyst. Through games, movement, and other technologies, we will honor where joy resides in our bodies and our lives and how we can use this as a tool to shape the future.
Read Sydnie L. Mosley’s bio. RSVP Required

Evenings with the Archives: Histories of Barnard's Gentrification and Policing Infrastructure | Tuesday, March 30th 5-7pm ET

Barnard Alumnae Magazine, Februray 1958 article showing rubble and destroyed buildings in front constructed large apartment buildings. Caption reads: "View from the north: rubble and chaos will soon become new housing immediately north of Morningside. Recently completed Morningside [Gardens] and General Grant Houses triumphantly crown the Heights" and headline reads "Morningside Tackles the Slums"

Join us for a discussion of the histories of Barnard’s policing and gentrification infrastructure, in the context of federal and city policy, university expansion, and current campus policies.

Course Reserves

  • 70 courses used Barnard Library Course Reserves this semester

  • 214 eResources linked for student access by the Barnard Course Reserves Team

  • All-digital Course Reserves are continuing throughout the spring and summer

Barnard Students, visit our Guide to Finding & Borrowing Course Materials for more info. Barnard Faculty, visit our Guide to Setting Up Course Reserves for upcoming and current courses. We look forward to hearing from you all!

FLI Partnership Library

  • 51 Barnard students received textbooks through the Barnard FLI Partnership Library

  • 81 textbooks were distributed through the FLI Partnership Library by mail and pickup

  • $14,729 savings to students for textbooks this spring

Undergraduate FLI students who are available to pick up books from Butler can use the “Pick Up” button in CLIO to request a textbook. Learn more and find out about signing up for the FLI Partnership Library created by Barnard SGA, Columbia FLI Network, and Barnard Library.


The Zine Library team have begun cataloging Big Problems: Making Sense of 2020 zines. You can view the catalog records, some of which have links to full text. Zines are available for research use via CLIO’s pickup and scanning services.

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Digital Humanities Center

Students from Kimberly Springer’s “Activism & Inquiry” course will be presenting their work creating the Encyclopedia of Pandemic Activism, a resource for activists, researchers, students, and anyone else interested in pandemic activism, at the 2021 virtual Global Digital Humanities Symposium at Michigan State University on April 15th

Naomi Coke, Kayla LeGrand, Eliza McKissick, Ellie Yousif and Professor Springer will be part of the symposium's showcase feature, sharing their work and process for the project under the title, “Crafting an Encyclopedia of Pandemic Activism: for the moment, for the future.” Ana Lam and Alicia Peaker from the DHC supported the course through workshops on feminist digital humanities, design justice, and the Markdown language.


Share Your Thoughts!

We're looking to hear from Barnard students about their experiences related to virtual events this semester.

Share your thoughts with us by completing this 5min. survey and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card! Select participants will be contacted for an interview, and all interviewees will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

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