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Ten Things Every New Student Should Know About Cornell University Library

Cornell University Library is BIG!
Cornell University operates a total of twenty libraries on the Ithaca campus and throughout the world including locations in Geneva,  New York City, and Qatar.  Many are subject libraries such as the Kroch Library Asia Collections, the Catherwood Industrial & Labor Relations Library, the Engineering Library, the Music Library, and Adelson Library for the Lab of Ornithology.  In addition, the library maintains off-site storage for materials in the Library Annex.  Check out the locations of all the campus libraries here

Olin Library at night

Ask A Librarian for help
Everyone needs help sometime and Cornell University Library makes it easy to ask.  Ask A Librarian is a research help service; ask your questions by not only stopping a reference desk in person but also calling, emailing a question, or using IM to chat with a librarian 24/7!  Our librarians are skilled researchers (many with Ph.D. in their areas of expertise) and can help you find the resources you need.

How do I find...
The library has created a number of wonderful tutorials and resource guides.  Research Minutes is a vodcast series for undergraduate students on library research concepts; 90 seconds worth of tips for the busy student!  Subject guides are available on just about every topic imaginable.  Check out the Research & Subject Guides webpage or use the beta version of our new Library Guides and browse the popular tags and guides!

A plethora of Electronic Resources
We know everyone loves doing research on the Internet; we love Wikipedia too!  However, when Wikipedia just won't cut it, use one of the thousands of electronic databases and journals available online via the Library's web site.  The Cornell University Library provides free access for students, faculty, and staff to premiere online resources including BIOSIS, Business Source Premiere, JSTOR, Lewis Nexis, Medline, PsychInfo, Web of Science, just to name a few.

Use a computer at the library
Computers are available in all the libraries; desktop stations are available as well as laptops for loan at the circulation desks in a number of libraries including Mann, Olin, and Uris Libraries.  Ethernet access as well as wireless access is available when using your own laptop.  Set-up NetPrint and link it to your bursar account, and you are set-up to print anywhere on campus.

Students at ILR

Students work at the library too!
The Cornell University Library is one of the largest employers of students on campus.  Students work in many capacities as circulation assistants, student information assistants at the reference desks, and as student computer operators.  Cornell Unversity Library could not function without student support!

A world of materials available through Borrow Direct and ILL
Cornell University Library is a premier academic research library with world-renowned collections of nearly 8 million books.  But sometimes we don't have the book you need or our copies are not immediately available.  Borrow Direct is a reciprocal-borrowing service from a consortium of many of the Ivy League libraries that provides quick access to over 40 million books.  If available from one of these libraries, your book can be delivered to you in Ithaca in four business days.  Interlibrary Services provides access to books not available through Borrow Direct, as well as journal articles and other materials that Cornell doesn't own. Submit your request for a book or article, and the Interlibrary Loan staff will work to get the material for you from anywhere around the world.  The best news?  Borrow Direct and Interlibrary loans are free for Cornell students!

Law Library

Space to study (or not)!
The Library hosts any type of study space you may need: graduate student carrels; group study rooms for collaborations, quiet study spaces; or seating the the library cafes.  Enjoy them during all hours of the day!

The Gettysburg Address and more!
Special collections abound at the Cornell University Library; the Rare & Manuscript Collection in Kroch Library includes 400,000 printed volumes, more than 70 million manuscripts, and another million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media.  They host exhibitions throughout the year both online and in-person. 

Library News will keep you up to date on all the activities and events happening in our libraries, as well keeping you informed of our news and developments.

Check out fun stuff too!
The library owns a tremendous amount of material for entertainment.  New & Noteworthy Books, DVDs, and foreign language materials are just a few of the great materials available in the libraries.  What are you reading and watching? How about a daily haiku poem?