Low Library

About Low Library

Low Library was built with a gift from University President Seth Low, in memory of his father Abiel Abbot Low. The Rotunda, capped by a granite dome 105.5 feet high, is the center of the building. The building features four event spaces that can be utilized for a variety of activities.

Originally used as a reading room when the building served as a library, the Low Rotunda in particular is a dramatic space and now the setting for events of all scales.

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Low Library Rotunda


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During Academic Year & Recesses

Low Library is available year-round, but only to Columbia affiliates and for events with a Columbia sponsor.

Faculty, staff and students can submit a request via EMS or through the quote request form. We'll follow up to discuss event details and required approvals.

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Faculty, staff and students can all log in to EMS to check availability and pricing. If you don't yet have an EMS account, click here or submit a request for a quote.

Relevant Policies for This Venue

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Columbia University Events Policies

All events at Columbia must comply with the University's Events Policies.

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Low Library Venue Policy

Guidelines and policies specific to using any of the spaces in Low Library.



The following spaces are available within this venue. Additional information, including dimensions of available spaces at this venue, maximum occupancy numbers and space configurations are available in our downloadable Fact Sheet (PDF).

Because we know that in our current environment safety is critical, we've planned ahead by creating space configurations specifically designed to comply with public health guidelines for physical distancing. These configurations will be posted for each space soon.

Social Distancing Room Configuration - Low Library Faculty Room Hollow Square Style