Still haven’t found your study spot for this semester? Bwog’s here to help you find a spot that makes studying just a little bit more bearable. Bwog Newbie Jack Treanor reviews the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.
Location: 300 Kent Hall, Entrance Level Accessible Library
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 am to 11 pm. Friday, 9 am to 7 pm. Saturday, Noon to 7 pm, Sunday, Noon to 10 pm
Contact: (212) 854-4318, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://library.columbia.edu/locations/eastasian.html
Atmosphere: Quite with cosy lighting, C.V. Starr East Asian Library is a relaxed library, if that is possible. The elaborate ceiling and interesting Asian art make it one of the more unique libraries as well. Why do work when you can admire Japanese calligraphy? Definitely don’t feel intimidated if you don’t speak any East Asian languages, East Asian is perfect for all types of work. Also East Asian interestingly tends to be more crowded during the day than in the evenings despite being open until 11 pm during the week. Because of this it is a perfect alternative to the bright lights and crowds of Butler.
Historical Fun Fact: Most students don’t know that the East Asian Library used to be Columbia’s Law Library before the construction of the Jerome Greene Hall.
The Stacks: Who knew they existed? Bwog did. The East Asian Stacks are the diamond in the rough of the Columbia Library System. When you enter the library proceed to the right and on the far wall you will find an elevator and and a staircase with a small sign the reads “Stacks”. The library has a collection of over a million volumes with most books held in the four level of stacks lying beneath the main room. Levels 150, 200, and 250 are as expected, dark, dusty, and gloomy. At the bottom however, Level 100 is clean and furnished. The highlight of Level 100 is the Skylight Room. It is a room with a large table and six chair beneath a huge skylight about 25 feet above. It is perfect for those who enjoy sunlight, but also never want to be found.
Photos by Bwog Staff and Department of East Asian Languages and Culture