If you’ve ever been to SIPA’s International Affairs Building (IAB), you may have been surprised to find a winding staircase leading into a graduate student’s literary dream world, known as the Lehman Social Sciences Library.

Lehman Library holds a contemporary collection of more than 330,000 volumes and approximately 1,700 current periodical titles. It includes materials acquired by Columbia libraries since 1974 in political science, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, political geography, journalism, environmental science, as well as a rich collection of materials on post-World-War-II international relations. Lehman Library also houses the following collections:

  • Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) (East Reading Room)
    The DSSC provides a wide range of information and technology assistance for students and faculty. DSSC brings together people, equipment, and information resources, including a Data Service.
  • U.S. Government Documents (housed off-site)
    The Columbia University Libraries currently receives approximately 50 percent of the items available through the United States Federal Depository Library Program. Print materials are processed for off-site storage, but most titles are available online via CLIO.
  • New York State Documents
    Lehman Library was a depository for New York State documents from 1983 to 1996. The documents are on microfiche in the Lehman Reference Room, and not cataloged on CLIO. For more information see the New York State Subject Guide.
  • Map Collection
    (213 International Affairs Building)
    The Map Room holds a general map collection covering a wide range of subjects, including geography, geology, economics, and international affairs. The collection houses more than 185,000 maps.

Our incoming students can take their look at Orientation Week in August when they get their Student ID cards. For any questions about the library, contact the department directly at lehman@library.columbia.edu.