Getting Started With the Columbia Libraries Here are the top five things alumni need to know. What’s available to alumni? Columbia Libraries has an alumni page collecting resources available to alumni. Bookmark this page for easy access. How do alumni get access? You need a Columbia Uni to access the alumni library resources remotely. Every alum has one. If you don’t know yours, get help here. Can I visit the libraries in person? Yes. Alumni of Columbia University enjoy free lifetime access to library facilities. Steps for gaining access can be found on the Columbia Libraries website. Do alumni have borrowing privileges? Borrowing privileges are available for $30 a month. Information on how to obtain them is available here. Can alumni access the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library or other special research collections? Yes. Please contact the relevant special collections repository library to make a research appointment.