Prayer and Meditation Spaces

Columbia University offers a number of prayer and meditation spaces on the Morningside, Manhattanville, and Medical campus available for use by students, faculty, and staff.

St. Paul's Chapel Interior. Photo by Jenna Bascom.

St. Paul's Chapel

Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm during the summer. Due to private events, the Chapel opening hours may be changed without prior notice on any given date. Opening times vary when classes are not in session.  

St. Paul's Chapel is open Monday-Friday, 9am-9:30pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-8:30pm, during the academic year.

The Nave

The Nave is open for quiet prayer and meditation during Chapel opening hours.

The Chamber

The Chamber is a room on the lower level of St. Paul's Chapel that is open for meditation. Students who would like to use the Chamber for quiet meditation can ask the associate at the desk to unlock the room for them. 

Butler Library

Room 2L6

This room is reserved for prayer, meditation, contemplation, and reflection by members of the Columbia Community. It keeps the same hours as the Circulation Desk.

Muslim students and community members praying in the lobby in Earl Hall.

Muslim Prayer Rooms

Morningside  

110 Earl Hall

Barnard

Hewitt Hall, Room 112

Scan the QR Code at the door to fill out the google form with one's UNI and Columbia affiliation to receive the passcode. 

Manhattanville

Geffen 280

Presbyterian Hospital

1st Floor, Pauline A. Hartford Chapel

Milstein Hospital 

Milstein Chapel, 2nd Floor

Hammer Health Science Building  

Lower Level 2-221

To access the prayer room in Hammer, which is non-denominational and open to all, make an online request through [email protected]. They will activate your access usually within 24 hours.  

The request should include:

  • The name of the employee (or student);
  • The student’s UNI;
  • The student’s card number

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

The Pauline A. Hartford Memorial Chapel is non-denominational and open 24/7. 

International House 

The Reflection Space is open 24/7 and located on the B level, on the right side of the music practice room. Open to all those who live in I-House.


Please contact [email protected] for further information or additional needs.