Locating Cornell University Library's Special Collections Materials

Most special collections materials are described in Cornell's Library Catalog.  Researchers may also browse Cornell Library's archival and digital collections through the websites listed below.

Search the Library Catalog

  • To locate special collections materials at Cornell, please use the Library Catalog.
  • The Library Catalog provides the most accurate and complete results, and also allows you to limit search terms by Cornell Library unit location, date, format, and other variables.
  • If the location of an item in the catalog includes the words "Request in Advance," please contact the holding library several days in advance of your research visit so that the material may be retrieved for your use.

Guides to Archival and Manuscript Collections

  • Besides being described in the Library Catalog, many of Cornell's archival and manuscript collections have web searchable finding aids, or guides that provide information about the history, arrangement, and content of an archival or manuscript collection. When such a guide is available, it will show up as a link within the collection's catalog record.
  • Finding Aids for Archival and Manuscript Collections held by the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and the Kheel Center can also be searched directly.
  • To locate materials in the Medical Center Archives, please visit their Medical Center Archives website.
  • To locate materials in Law Library special collections, please visit their Law Library website.
  • Please note: not all archival collections are described in online guides.  Some printed guides are available on site.  Please contact staff in the appropriate repository for information on other collections.

Digital Collections


For details about hours, access to materials, and reproduction services, contact the appropriate repository.