Campus Accessibility

Columbia University is committed to fostering a campus that is accessible to people with disabilities.  It conducts an on-going program to remove physical barriers and each year, it makes significant accessibility improvements. For questions or concerns regarding access, please send an email to: [email protected]

Campus Access Maps

Campus Access Maps, which illustrate accessible features of Columbia University's buildings and grounds, are available upon request from the Office of Disability Services and the Department of Public Safety.

Program Access

While Columbia continues to improve physical access to its campus and buildings, it ensures that all of its programs and activities are accessible to people with disabilities. If a program or activity is scheduled for a venue that is not fully accessible, it is Columbia’s policy to relocate such events to accessible facilities that meet the needs of the individual student. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) works closely with students to ensure that their residence halls and classrooms meet their access needs.

Campus Access for Visitors and Guests

Columbia University is committed to providing an accessible and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors and encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access for a Columbia event or activity should contact the host program in advance of the occasion to arrange the necessary accommodations.

The Department of Public Safety is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist guests and visitors with outdoor access to the different levels of campus.  The Department will also assist guest and visitors with access within campus buildings, subject to each building’s hour of operation. To arrange for assistance, visitors should contact the Public Safety desk in Low Library or request help from the guards stations 24 hours a day at campus entrances at the West 116th and Broadway and West 116th Street and Amsterdam or from any other Public Safety officer they may encounter.

For assistance and information, please contact:

Department of Public Safety
Phone: 212-854-2797 or 212-854-5555
1st Floor, Low Library
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027

Library Access Services

Columbia University is committed to ensuring that the services and programs offered by the Libraries and CUIT are accessible to all patrons.  The University works with patrons on an individual basis to assess their unique accommodation needs.

If you have any questions, please contact the Access Services Division liaison, Mayra Melendez, at (212) 854-3536 or [email protected].

Library Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Campus Call Boxes

Emergency Call Boxes on the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses may be used to contact the Department of Public Safety to request assistance with access to different campus levels and to buildings.

Campus Access Tours

Campus access tours are available upon request from the Office of Disability Services. These tours will be designed to meet the specific needs of the individuals requesting them.

For information or assistance, please contact;

Disability Services
Phone: 212-854-2388
TTY: 212-854-2378