Academics
Article Image
Beatrice Shlansky / Columbia Daily Spectator

It’s hard to get out of the lazy cycle of going to Butler every day. Even though you slightly hate it, at least it has always been there for you. As you may be realizing now, it can also become increasingly stuffy and draining to study in the same library every day—especially Butler. During midterms and finals season, it’s especially annoying to try to find a seat. So why don’t you try to discover a new library? Who knows, you may just end up finding your new favorite study spot!

Of course, we know that it’s not just which library you study in but where it is, when it closes, if there are any food spots nearby, and what the aesthetic of the library is.

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

Hours:

- 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Monday to Friday

- 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday

- 12:00 - 10:00 p.m., Sunday

Location: Avery Hall

Best for:

- Quiet study

- Individual study

- Studying for a short amount of time (because half the spots in this library are reserved for graduate students who are allowed to kick you out of your seat at any time)

-Group study at Brownie’s

Food: Brownie’s Cafe is located underneath the library.

Aesthetic: This library definitely gives off major Hogwarts vibes. The upper level has the same dark wood aesthetic as the C. V. Starr East Asian library and Butler, with a high ceiling to boot. The lower level is less pleasing to look at it due to its lack of any natural light. However, there are more seating options there, including individual carrels for privacy.

Butler Library

Hours:

- 24/7 (some specific study rooms close earlier)

Best For:

- Late night studying

- If you want to meet up with friends in between studying (they are most likely studying there as well)

- Quiet study (301, 310, 502-504, 601, 602, 603, 604, 607, Stacks)

- Group study (403A, 404, 405, 407, 408, 409A)

Food: Blue Java inside the library, check out our article on cafés on campus for other dining options that are close to the library.

Aesthetic: Butler can be charming and a reliable space to study, if you can get over the atmosphere of stress and sweat. Still, the balconies on the second floor make it a cozy place to study, while the higher floors have a good view of campus.

Thomas J. Watson Library of Business and Economics

Hours:

- 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m., Monday to Wednesday

- 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Thursday

- 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Friday

- 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday

- 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Sunday

- There are also a few periods of the year where entry is restricted for part of the day for undergraduates who are not Econ majors or taking a business course.

Location: Uris Hall

Best For:

- Late night studying

- Talk zones available

- Quiet study

Food: Uris Deli is in the same building.

Aesthetic: This library has natural lighting and a unique semi-circular shape. It definitely promotes more collaborative work because of the talk zones on the first floor, but there are opportunities for quiet study on the third floor.

C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Hours:

- 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday

- 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday

- 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday

- 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Sunday

Location: Kent Hall

Best for:

- More intimate study space

- Quiet study

- Individual study

Food: None in building, the closest is Lenfest Cafe at the Law School.

Aesthetic: High ceilings and balconies are a huge aesthetic plus for the East Asian library. Even better, the long wooden tables look towards a stained glass window, with views of Amsterdam Avenue and College Walk.

Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library

Hours:

- 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday

- 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday

- 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday

- 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday

Location: Dodge Hall

Best for:

- Individual study

- Quiet study

Food: None in building, though there is a wide array of food trucks right outside on Broadway.

Aesthetic: This library is on the smaller side, so there is a smaller number of seats available. There’s a mixture of individual carrels (some even have desktops on them!) and larger tables. It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing, but it’s a different setting than Butler for sure!

Journalism Library

Hours:

- 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday

Location: Pulitzer Hall

Best For:

- Short study period (due to hours)

- Quiet study

- Individual study

Food: Joe’s Coffee is right next door

Aesthetic: This is one of the smaller libraries at Columbia, with only five reserved seats for undergraduates. It is very simple, with a blue colour scheme and a handful of desks. The perk of it is that it has direct access to Joe’s Coffee.

Arthur W. Diamond Law Library

Hours:

- 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m., Monday to Friday

- 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturday

- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m., Sunday

- There are also a few periods of the year where entry is restricted for undergraduate students

Location: Columbia Law School

Best For:

- Individual study

- Quiet study

Food: Lenfest Cafe is in the same building.

Aesthetic: If you need pin drop silence when studying, then Law Library is the way to go. Nestled between the stacks, there are both individual carrels and larger desks overlooking campus.

Lehman Social Sciences Library

Hours:

- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday

- 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday

- 10:00 a.m. - to 6:00 p.m., Saturday

- 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Sunday

Location: International Affairs Building

Best for:

- Group study

- Talk zones available

- Quiet study

Food: Publique is in the same building.

Aesthetic: This library is underground, so it does not get any natural lighting. It is the perfect place to go if you are working on a group project because of the designated group study areas equipped with whiteboards and large desks. If you do need a quiet space, there is another large room off of the library that will allow you to have just that.

Barnard College Library

Hours:

- 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m., Sunday to Thursday

- 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m., Friday

- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m., Saturday

Location: The Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning

Best for:

- Individual study

- Group study

- Late night studying

- Seeing a lot of Barnard students

Food: Peet’s Coffee is in the same building and the Diana Center Cafe is close by.

Aesthetic: Milstein is the newest library on campus and has amazing natural lighting and a modern interior design. There are multiple study spaces throughout the building and library, with large windows so you never feel stuffy. What’s more, they even have study tables on the terraces so you can study outside in warm weather.

Mathematics Library

Hours:

- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday

- 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday

- 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday

- 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sunday

Location: Mathematics Building

Best for:

- Short study time due to hours

- Quiet study

- Individual study

- Major con is that there is no wheelchair access to this library.

Food: None in the building—the closest is Uris Deli.

Aesthetic: The math library receives a good amount of natural light from the windows overlooking Barnard campus and Broadway. Although it is a fairly small library, there are a variety of individual carrels and larger tables available to seat 90 students.

Science & Engineering Library

Hours:

- 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., Monday to Thursday

- 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Friday

- 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Saturday

- 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., Sunday

Location: Northwest Corner Building

Best for:

- Late night studying

- Talk zones available

- Quiet study

- Individual study

Food: Joe’s Coffee is in the same building.

Aesthetic: The Science & Engineering Library is modern, with a huge floor to ceiling windows overlooking Broadway and bringing in natural light. The first floor of the library has collaborative study booths while the second has the option of individual cubbies for quiet study.

Of course, if libraries aren’t your thing, then there are plenty of study spaces, lounges, coffee shops near Columbia as well. If you have enough self-control, you can even study on the lawns or the Steps while enjoying the sun. Happy studying!

Staff writer Jazilah Salam can be contacted at jazilah.salam@columbiaspectator.com. Follow Spectator on Twitter @ColumbiaSpec.

Finals library study Butler Milstein Avery Mathematics Lehman East Asian science engineering
ADVERTISEMENT
From Around the Web
ADVERTISEMENT