Our Services

The Gottesman Libraries offers a wide array of services to support self-directed learning, teaching, and research at Teachers College Columbia University. Librarians can help you find research, materials for your course work, or other College resources. Visit us on at the services desk on the first floor of the library,  send us a support ticket, or chat with us online.

Events, exhibitions, and tools offer the TC community diverse ways to engage with educational experts and resources, and also provide an understanding of work being done throughout the College. Learn more about upcoming events in our newsfeed. For further information, or to plan or participate in an event in coordination with the Gottesman Libraries, please send us a support ticket.


Talks by faculty, students, staff, and guests celebrate achievements in publishing, as they promote social and intellectual discourse on key topics of relevance to the educating, psychological, and health professions. Talks by leaders in the broad field of education enhance academic programs and innovative opportunities with offices and centers of the College. Talks about educational media, including special documentary series, stimulate exploration of educational topics and raise awareness of social issues.

Exhibits and Displays

The Kasser Exhibition Space (First Floor), Learning Exhibitions (Second Floor), and Offit Family Gallery (Third Floor) showcase educational exhibitions mounted in partnership with the Teachers College community and others with an interest in displaying unique and innovative educational materials. Teachers College's Historical Art Collections (see below) are also displayed throughout the library. To propose an exhibition in coordination with the Gottesman Libraries, please see our Exhibit FAQ.

Book displays are curated and designed by library staff. Staff Picks highlight resources held at the Gottesman Libraries on educational topics and themes of special interest. The Everett Cafe offers a new book collection every few weeks that informs current affairs, education, or learning environments.

Daily news from around the world, in addition to special weekly features on an educational topic, are posted in the Everett Cafe to draw interest in current events and strengthen classroom teaching and learning. We use newseum.org and Proquest Historical Newspapers as our sources; the former offers the front pages of over 400 newspapers and the latter,  access to digital archives of more than 60 significant newspapers dating back to the 18th century.

High Impact Services During COVID-19

Special services reflected in the Gottesman Libraries Modified Operations Plan include Paging and Pick Up of physical materials; Digital Delivery, or scanning for personal use; select seating for current members; digital fulfillment of library materials requests, including entire reading lists or single items for Course Reserves, with continuing commitment to serving the needs of patrons through virtual mediums, like  Ask a Librarian, live chat, Knowledge Base, and mobile application.

Instructional Offerings and Research Consultations 

Librarians tailor instruction on research tools and strategy for specific classes at Teachers College; host workshops in library research basics, the literature review, grant seeking, K-12 resources, citation management, and other topics; and provide tours and orientations each semester. One-on-one research consultations are arranged by appointment with librarians who offer expertise in the conceptualization, construction, and navigation of topics. Online research guides provide overviews of library resources and services for courses, programs, and departments, while select research resources are highlighted each month in support of the academic programs of the College and wider areas of educational interest. 

Library Blog

Library staff members contribute to a Library Blog as part of their work to support the TC community. Some key types of blog posts include:

Musical Performances

Musicians, from solos to quintets, host weekly events in the Everett Cafe and Kasser Exhibition Space to recognize and nurture talent within the Teachers College community.