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Saving history, one tape at a time

A new campuswide partnership is trying to save the audio-visual materials that belong to Cornell faculty members.

Changing the face of Ithaca

The first project from the Library's new AAP grants initiative digitizes the work of John Clair Miller, emeritus professor in the Department of Architecture.

The Big Red road show

The Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO) invited alumni to clear their attics, basements and closets of remnants they could not otherwise part with from their years on the Hill.

Lincoln live!

Check out video of "Lincoln's Unfinished Work," our exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment and Abraham Lincoln's death.

Everything is awesome

The library just got a little more awesome, thanks to a new machine in Olin Library.

Abraham Lincoln’s Unfinished Work

The Library’s newest exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. 

A great school faces the Great War

In World War I, there were 4,598 commissioned officers from Cornell (more than any other institution, including West Point).

arXiv Hits 1 Million Submissions

It all started with an electronic bulletin board — one computer on one scientist’s desk. Now, more than two decades later, arXiv is a driving force in scientific communication

Expanding Preservation Capability Across China

Cornell Expands Internship Program With Funding From the Henry Luce Foundation

Iceland in Ithaca

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson visited Cornell in late November. Among other stops on campus, he came to the library to tour Cornell’s renowned Fiske Icelandic Collection.

Iceland president honors Fiske Collection curator

During his two-day visit to campus, the president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, recognized a librarian with one of his country’s highest honors.

Titan arum, then and now

Cornell’s rare titan arum plant – the Amorphophallus titanum, or “corpse flower” – is once again releasing its rotten scent for all of Cornell to smell.

Conversations with Kluge

Alexander Kluge – a leading public intellectual, filmmaker and cultural theorist in Germany – has created a vast body of ambitious work over the past half-century, and a newly expanded website from Cornell University Library makes much of it freely accessible.

“Def Jam at 30: The Declarations of an Independent”

In celebration of Def Jam's 30th anniversary, the Library is showcasing one-of-a-kind materials from its first year of operation

Cornellians can get library cards at 11 other universities

Starting Oct. 1, Cornellians visiting 11 other universities will be able to use materials from those libraries. Under a new agreement, students, faculty and staff from participating institutions will have reciprocal borrowing privileges, thanks to a pilot project, Borrow Direct Plus.

Grant makes historic audio material available soon

Soon, 250 hours of fragile audio material from Cornell’s ILR School from 1953 to 1978 will be available to the public, thanks to a grant from the Coordinated Preservation Program in the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development.

Making Research Data More Traceable

As observing instruments and computer modeling become increasingly refined, the amount of data generated by field studies has grown tremendously. Storing and archiving the data is a challenge in itself, but scientists also need the data to be easily accessible and connected to other relevant resources.

Jewish Enlightenment Collection Joins Cornell’s Rare Books

500 Works from the 18th and 19th Centuries Add Significant Dimension to Jewish Studies

Glacier images, Latin American journals to be digitized

Scholars and students around the world will soon have online access to some of Cornell's most prominent collections, thanks to 2014 awards from the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences.

Japanese alum's 1886 notebook returns to Ithaca

When Dan McKee decided to go for a run on a brisk February morning in Tokyo, he had no idea he was about to uncover a little piece of Cornell, 6,000 miles from home.

Anne Sauer Becomes First Endowed Director of Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections

Anne Sauer has begun her role as the first endowed director of Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC).


Here are some recent Cornell ideas that span inspired revelation, quirky suggestion, counterintuitive supposition and the culmination of a lifetime of careful study.

arXiv Appoints Interim Scientific Director

Dr. Chris Myers will serve as interim scientific director for arXiv, the free repository that has revolutionized the way researchers share information.

Reunion 2014 at the Library

Come say hello! Take a break with historic Cornell footage, check out our amazing exhibitions from World War I to human sexuality, learn some new things about brewing and genealogy, go on a library tour, and much more.

Students 'delve deeper' into research

When she saw gaps in research on the benefits and drawbacks of hotel managers responding to online reviews, hotel administration student Carly Andrews ’17 wanted to employ a better research model.

Look for the union label

Assessing garment values for a scholarly project or after raiding a relative’s closet might be easier now, thanks to the Kheel Center’s comprehensive collections of original union clothing label.

Urban ailments

From the Roaring ’20s to the New Deal era, planners, civic leaders and other reformers diagnosed urban ailments and prescribed new interventions to treat them.

Celebrating Hu Shih

One hundred years ago, one of Cornell’s most famous alumni graduated with the Class of 1914.

'A rarity most beloved'

In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, Cornell University Library put all four of its 17th-century folio editions of the Bard's plays on display in its Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

Still Speaking of Sex

The Human Sexuality Collection’s 25th anniversary is in full swing, with a new component: an online exhibition. See scanned images of the items from every exhibition case, arranged by themes such as “advice,” “silence” and “want.”

Kenney honored by American Library Association

Anne R. Kenney, Cornell’s Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, has earned a top honor from the American Library Association: its Hugh C. Atkinson Award.

‘Speaking of Sex’ at Cornell University Library

Exhibition & Events Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Human Sexuality Collection

Cornell University Library Acquires Its 8 Millionth Volume

A rare Civil War-era photograph album will soon assume a place of honor at Cornell University Library: its 8 millionth volume.

Project Euclid launches site redesign

Project Euclid is pleased to announce the launch of a fully redesigned platform at

Jobs with Justice donates archives

The workers’ advocacy organization will give ILR's Kheel Center materials from its 25-year history.

Games with a purpose

Can digital games help academic research? Through a new crowdsourcing initiative with the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), Cornell University Library and several partners are about to find out.

Extending the semantic Web

The sea of information available to scholars and researchers can seem impossibly vast. But, with the help of a new grant, Cornell University Library, in collaboration with the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and Stanford University Libraries, aims to make that sea easier to navigate.

Mapping the 20th century

A new exhibit on the first floor of West Sibley Hall showcases maps on city and regional planning from Cornell University Library

Remembering Gettysburg

Abraham Lincoln didn’t think anyone would remember the Gettysburg Address. He said so in his speech...

Googling Gettysburg

Cornell’s original copy of the Gettysburg Address now has a spotlight from Google.

Googling Gettysburg

Cornell’s original copy of the Gettysburg Address — one of only five written in Abraham Lincoln’s own handwriting — now has a spotlight from Google.