Although geography as a discipline is not part of Cornell's academic program, the Library's collections support research in many areas. In addition to traditional works about the earth as man's home from a physical and historical aspect, the scope of geography now extends to topics such as: human organization of space; non-material aspects of space (language, literature, religion); and patterns of living, including uses and social values of the landscape. The application of mathematics, simulation, and graphics to spatial data has spread from political geography to subjects such as architecture, ecology, and conservation.
Existing collection: ECS 3 Lang W
The core of the research level collections in Olin are those titles acquired as monographic series from scholarly societies and institutions; German-language holdings are particularly strong. These works are not limited to historical geography but cover the field in all its aspects. The Library also has traditionally subscribed to a wide range of standard periodicals and proceedings of scholarly societies worldwide.
Current Collection: CCI 3 Lang W
The geography selector covers general geography, historical geography, and works on exploration. Titles are added more selectively on the Arctic and Antarctic, geography as a discipline, and toponomy. Travel books are purchased selectively.
Subjects covered: G
Geographical information: emphasis is on North American and Western European works.
Notes: The geography fund covers only the core publications and the subjects mentioned above. Works limited to one region or country are selected by the area bibliographer. The Maps Curator selects all maps and atlases and advises on specialized cartographic resources. The Social Sciences Bibliographer selects works in economic and political geography and reviews titles in human geography (class GF), which are acquired by Olin and Mann libraries. The Engineering Library and Mann Library purchase works on geographic information systems. Books on tourism go to Hotel.