Phased Reopening: Important Annoucement

Gottesman Libraries

The Gottesman Libraries is implementing a phased reopening plan, with most resources and services remaining online through the Fall. Our goal is to bring back high-impact services and occupancy in a safe, gradual way that meets recommended health guidelines, city and state regulations, and campus policy and practice, with a minimum number of staff onsite and all others working remotely until circumstances allow for greater density and fuller operations.  

Please review Campus Life During COVID-19, which includes Health and Safety Guidelines, Campus Access Requirements; and Information on Health and Safety Measures.

Physical Location and Individual Seating

Starting September 1st, the Fourth Floor of the Gottesman Libraries will be open for individual seating by current Teachers College members. Masks and social distancing are required, and space will be monitored for compliance with the College's Health and Safety Guidelines. Food and and drink, as well as sharing company, are not permitted.

Updates on the reopening of subsequent floors of the Library, including the first through third floors and Tower (book stacks) will be provided, as we move through the next phases.

For more details about the phases of reopening, see the Library's Modified Operation Plan posted on Campus Life During COVID-19.

Borrowing and Returning Physical Library Materials

Current members may request paging of physical library materials which will be delivered directly to the requestor, Mondays through Fridays, between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Please read more details about Paging and Pick Up at curbside.

Borrowed Teachers College books may be returned to the book drop in Zankel Hall opposite the Everett Cafe. They can also be mailed back to the Gottesman Libraries. Columbia University books must be returned to Columbia University Libraries.

There will be no access to print materials on Course Reserves, and as a "digital first library", we will continue to fulfill requests electronically to the extent possible.

Interlibrary loans will resume at a later date.

Electronic Access to Resources

The Gottesman Libraries provides access to a wide range of electronic books, journals, media, institutional archives, and more, as it continues to build research resources for use by students, faculty, and staff. Current members also have access to wealth of additional resources through Columbia University Libraries.

As courtesy to current members, the Gottesman Libraries offers a free scanning service to expeditiously provide library users with requested materials for personal use. Please read more about Digital Delivery and what may be requested under fair usage guidelines.

Remote Assistance with Research

Services that provide important support for research and information include Ask a Librarian, speedy online interaction with library staff, as well as an updated FAQ; Research Consultation, a one-on-one appointment with a research librarian to discuss tools and strategy for tackling a particular topic; and also Request a Library Information Session, entailing presentation by a research librarian on resources relevant to a specific class at Teachers College.

Library staff continue to be available via online support, chat, or phone (212-678-3494).

Image: Cycle Phase, Courtesy of Needpix


To request disability-related accommodations contact OASID at, (212) 678-3689, or (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.

Last Updated: 8:17 pm, Thursday, Oct 1 , 2020