Bwog continues its library series by exploring the Lehman Social Sciences Library. Located inside the International Affairs Building, this place has everything: printers, desks, and other essentials for last-minute cramming. Leave Butler’s dementors behind and take a chance on one of Columbia’s beautiful libraries!
Location: 300 International Affairs Building. IAB is wheelchair accessible, and the Lehman Library is located on the third floor, which is below ground level.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 am to Midnight. Friday, 9 am to 7 pm. Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday, 11 am to 11 pm.
Contact: (212) 854-3794. firstname.lastname@example.org
Atmosphere: The best thing about Lehman is that it’s size and diversity of space offers a variety of atmospheres for studiers of all types. The main area near the circulation desk has open couches and warm lighting for quiet communication, and the group study areas are brightly lit for both meetings with TAs and classmates. There is also a large open room with long tables that is a good alternative to the Butler Reading Room, and cubicles placed throughout the stacks for individual study. There are smaller areas and open areas for those who enjoy stationary reading, and those who need space to pace.
Favorite Spot: Cubicle rooms to the left of circulation. Swivel chairs and tons of desk space, these spots are highly sought after by undergrad and grad students alike.
Recommendation: Lehman Social Science Library is a great choice for when you need to cram for a few hours. With both talking areas for group work and cubicles for solitude, the best of both worlds hides a few floors down in IAB. A bit of a trek from most dorms, it offers seclusion while remaining close enough to Hamdel and the Law School Library cafe for late night meals. During it finals Lehman also offers extended hours until 4 am, and is typically less crowded than Butler.
The beautiful Lehman Library via Columbia University Libraries