Click to search the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Skip Navigation

About the Morningside Heights Library


The Morningside Heights Branch of The New York Public Library is located on Broadway at the corner of 113th Street. Formerly known as the Columbia Branch, the library has been serving the Morningside Heights area of Manhattan since 1914, when it opened in Columbia University's Low Library as a recreational collection for students and faculty. When the university's Butler Library replaced the Low Library in 1937, it included a room designed for the Columbia Branch. In 1996, the branch moved to a temporary location on 113th Street to accommodate renovations at Butler Library. The present building, opened in 2001, also includes a Columbia University dorm and a retail shop. The building was designed by Robert A. M. Stern architects and incorporates modern technology in a traditional library setting.

Among the collections, services, and programs the branch makes available are:

  • Book collections for adults, young adults, and children available for borrowing and use in the library
  • Videos, books on tape, and CDs for all ages
  • Lifelong Learning collection for adult new readers of English
  • Large Print collection
  • Community Information collection
  • Internet access for free public use by appointment (list of Internet Training Workshops)
  • TechConnect, the library computer training site
  • Films, story hours, and reading-aloud programs for children
  • Puppet shows, crafts, music programs, and other special events for children
  • Author readings, lectures, workshops, music, poetry, and theater programs for adults
  • Class visits by appointment

Community District Information
For more information about your Community District, including census data, community board information, local schools, and other resources, see here.