Getting Started

Accessing and beginning to use your Electronic Research Notebook is easy. Follow the instructions below to get started, and refer to our Quick Start Guide if you need assistance.

    To create an account:

    • Access the LabArchives site and select Columbia University as your institution.
    • You will be automatically redirected to Columbia’s UNI login screen.
    • Sign in using your Columbia UNI and password. 
    • You will be asked if you have an existing LabArchives account. If you do, you can link your account to Columbia's instance. If you do not, the system will guide you through the process of creating a new account. The process takes only a few minutes.

    Managing ERNs for your research group:


    • To facilitate group collaboration, Principal Investigators (PIs) can set up an account and then create lab notebooks for each of their group members, choosing the “share” option to share each notebook with the selected group member.  

    Access Rights:

    • PIs have the ability to control access to the lab notebooks within their group.
    • If someone leaves the group, access rights can be changed to “guest” view.
    • Group members will not be able to see each other’s notebooks (unless access is granted) but the PI will be able to view and have full access to all notebooks he/she creates.
    • The PI can also export a notebook as a PDF after a group member’s departure for archiving purposes. This is recommended to ensure the PI has complete access to the notebook following group members’ departure.
    • Alternately, the PI can have each group member create and maintain their own ERN, choosing the “share” option to “share” their ERN with the PI. The PI will maintain rights to each shared ERN as long as user does not remove the PI as a user on the notebook.