This page presents our currently available services. Please see our Return to Campus FAQ for further plans and additional information. To get email notifications of new additions to these pages, send an empty email to CUL-Updates-Lemail@example.com with the single word Join in the subject line.
We are committed to providing safe and excellent services for Cornell's hybrid semester. Tell us how we can help you and feel free to Ask a Librarian!
On this page
Returning Library Materials
Contactless pickup of physical collection items
Contactless pickup is available for items from the circulating collections of all of our libraries, as long as the items are not accessible digitally through the Hathi Trust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). More on ETAS and this limitation. Demand for the contactless pickup service is high, so please plan ahead. If you cannot use contactless pickup to access our circulating physical collections, please use this form to request an accommodation.
Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan
For quicker turnaround we are able to fill requests for items that are available electronically.
Stacks access for research
Mann and Olin libraries are available to researchers for browsing. Faculty and staff who are cleared for campus access do not need reservations. Students, please reserve a study seat via Chatter. On-site checkouts are offered for circulating items that are not available digitally through the Hathi Trust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS.) More on ETAS and this limitation.
Research by appointment
The following libraries offer appointment-based access to collections.
- Africana Library: Schedule your appointment on Chatter.
- Catherwood Library: Schedule your appointment via email.
- Kheel Center: Schedule your appointment via email.
- Kroch Library Asia Collections: For faculty and graduate students needing access to Asia materials. Schedule your appointment via email.
- Library Annex for microforms, maps, large sets, large/bulky items, and non-circulating material that cannot be scanned or circulated via contactless pickup. Schedule your appointment via email.
- Music Library: After Thanksgiving, appointments will be limited to those with pre-approved access to Lincoln Hall. Schedule an appointment via email at least 24 hours ahead.
- Rare and Manuscript Collections: Schedule your appointment.
- Uris Library: Schedule your appointment.
Contactless pickup of laptops and equipment
Quiet study spaces
De-densified quiet study seats are available by reservation only in the Engineering, Mann, Olin, and Uris Libraries. (Engineering is listed as Carpenter Hall.) Please be ready to show your reservation when you enter.
Quiet study spaces in Nestlé Library are available without reservation.
Quiet study spaces in the Catherwood, Law, Management, and Veterinary Libraries are open by keycard access to the ILR, Law School, Johnson School, and College of Veterinary Medicine communities, respectively.
Physical course reserves
Physical course reserves in the Management and Veterinary Libraries are available by keycard access to the Johnson School and College of Veterinary Medicine communities, respectively.
We have consolidated our other locations for this service. Students must have a seat reservation.
- Mann Library 1st floor outside the Stone Classroom (for items usually on reserve at Mann and the Mathematics Libraries.)
- Olin Library 1st floor study area (for items usually on reserve at Africana, Fine Arts, Hotel, Music, Olin, and Uris Libraries.)
Please be ready to show your reservation when you enter.
Please install CU Print and submit your print jobs ahead of time so that you only have to release your print job with your Cornell ID when you get to the printers. Please wipe machines before and after use.
Black-and-white and color CUPrint printers are available for walk-in use in the Mann Library mannUfactory and Uris Library Tower Lab.
Printers and scanners are also available in Mann, Olin, and Uris Libraries quiet study spaces for those with reserved seats.
Contactless poster printing
Mann Library provides contactless poster printing services.
To access our extensive online collections start at our home page, or, if you are used to going to your favorite licensed resources directly, use Passkey to get through the paywalls. Refer to our guide to additional electronic resources that publishers or vendors opened up for free access during the public health emergency.
Online access to print collections
We provide temporary online access to about half of our print collections through our active membership in HathiTrust. This access is possible as long as the current public health crisis disrupts our services. Access for Cornell faculty, students, and staff is through the library catalog. An additional 6.7 million full-text books can be explored at HathiTrust Digital Library. Guide to using Hathi Trust Digital Library.
If you want to browse items that are shelved together because they share a topic, you can use the new 'virtual browse' feature of the library catalog on the vast majority of our holdings. When displaying an item of interest, scroll down to browse similar volumes across our libraries, as well as most similar digital items. Or, for a text-based alternative, you can try the call number browse feature.
When you find promising titles that do not have table of content information in the catalog yet, you can request scans of tables of contents or of specific sections to help you determine which are most likely to be relevant before making a contactless pickup request.
Scans via email
Scanning is available from the circulating collections of all of our libraries as well as Olin Library's map collection, and the rare and distinctive collections held at the Kheel Center, Mann Library, and the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Articles and chapters can be requested for electronic delivery.
Remote access to microfilm
We are now offering Zoom-based appointments with on-site staff who will facilitate remote control of the microfilm reader, allowing you to manipulate, read, and capture images of the requested microfilm from your home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment. If you need a specific article scanned from a microfilm in our collection, please request a scan of that article using our Scan It service.
The Library’s course reserves service is in an online, accessible environment to the fullest degree possible, while remaining responsive to instructor needs. See information on physical course reserves under on-site services.
Print purchase and delivery
In case of urgent teaching needs, Cornell instructors can use our emergency print purchase and delivery service. If there is no electronic version available of a requested book or our physical copy is not available, we will attempt to purchase it in print and have it shipped directly from the vendor to the home address of the instructor.
Virtual research help
Librarians are available to teach online. We can work with instructors to integrate library research into your online class and help you think through redesigning your research assignments in the online environment. Contact your instruction coordinator or library liaison and consult our guide about the Library’s Support for Remote Teaching.
Rare and distinctive collections
Scanning requests are being filled in the Kheel Center, Mann Library, and the Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC), for students, faculty, and staff. View your item in the library catalog and click “Request Item for Scanning.” Email questions to the Kheel Center, Mann Library, and RMC. Or contact us with RMC reproduction requests.
Remote access to specialized software
We are now providing remote access to select applications such as ArcGIS and Rhino as well as facilitate remote access to Bloomberg. More information at Apps on Demand.
Returning Library Materials
Returning Cornell University Library, Borrow Direct, or Interlibrary Loan materials
We are waiving all late fees for circulating materials through February 9th, 2021. If at all possible, return library materials in person. The book return slot to the left of Olin Library's entrance is open and so are the drop boxes at the Africana Library, the Library Annex, Catherwood Library, Mann Library, Uris Library,and the Veterinary Library. Please allow up to a week for returned items to clear your account. Email the Library Public Services office for special arrangements if you need to keep the items longer or have a large number of items to return. If you are not returning to campus, please contact the Library Public Services office to discuss options for mailing the items back to us.