Barnard students study and research in Barnard's new library space in LeFrak Center, one of 30+ libraries and collections in the Columbia Library System (one of the top five academic research library in North America). More importantly, Barnard students have a personalized and direct link to the library system through our Personal Librarian program. Each first-year student and academic department is matched with a librarian who serves as their main point of contact for the library - a go-to person for all things library-related.
Arthur Ross Greenhouse
The Greenhouse has a custom-designed aluminum and glass shell and fully computerized heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and watering systems to provide independent, automatic climate control. A central "peaked" room acts as a general public space and conservatory, housing the teaching collection. The conservatory is flanked by two pairs of research bays that provide dedicated space for specialized research. The complex occupies about 3400 square feet with more than 2100 square feet under glass.
Columbia Athletic Facilities
Columbia University offers one of the largest and most diverse athletics programs in the nation, with 31 men’s and women’s varsity teams competing at the highest intercollegiate level, NCAA Division I. Barnard women compete alongside Columbia women on the 16 women's teams as part of the Columbia/Barnard Athletic Consortium. And, all Barnard students have access to the Columbia athletic facilities and to the Barnard Fitness Center. Potential varsity athletes may want to read more about facilities available at the Baker Athletics Complex, the Campbell Sports Center and Dodge Fitness Center.
Minor Latham Playhouse
The Theatre Department's season of productions in the Minor Latham Playhouse and the Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theatre is a crucible of investigation: the place where professional directors and designers collaborate with undergraduates, using a wide range of classic and contemporary plays and performance practices to shape insights unique to theatrical inquiry today.
Visual Arts at Barnard is offered as a concentration within the Art History department requiring equal parts Art History and Studio course work.
With high ceilings and lots of natural light, Barnard’s art studios, located in the Diana Center, provide ample space to design and create. View the list of classes posted in the Arts History Department website.
First-year students live in traditional-style residence halls clustered around Barnard’s Quad. Upperclass students live in suites and apartments, where lounges and common areas host study breaks and late-night debates. 12 Residence halls accommodate an average of 91 percent of our student body.
The green grasses and flowering magnolia trees of Lehman Lawn make it a favorite for studying or relaxing. It’s also the site of events such as concerts, dance performances, and receptions.
Diana Center Dining
The Millicent Carey McIntosh Student Dining Room, located on the 2nd floor of The Diana Center, is a bright space with lots of natural light offering up pizza, hot meals, salads, sushi, sandwiches, and more for lunch and dinner meals.
Liz's Place, named for Elizabeth Yeh Singh ’88, the public café on the ground floor. It is the place for snacks, Starbucks coffee and light meals to go.
“I always dreamt of living in the big city, but, coming from a small town, it just seemed like too much to take in. Then I found Barnard and realized that I could get the best of both worlds: big city, but a small school—and the resources of Columbia.”
“To be able to read well, write well, argue an opinion, and have interpersonal skills will be necessary for any field of work I decide to enter, and Barnard really fosters that in their educational philosophy.”