COVID-19 Library Service Updates for Spring 2020

Last updated: Friday, April 3, 2020, 8:06 AM

We are committed to providing excellent remote services during the current public health crisis. Tell us how we can help you and feel free to Ask a Librarian!

Online collections

To access our extensive online collections start at, 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 COVID-19 public health emergency.

Virtual research help

We continue to offer research help via e-mail or chat and in-depth consultations via Zoom.

Virtual instruction

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.  

Copyright guidance

There are copyright policy changes during the current public health emergency.

Facilities and physical collections

With no on-site staff currently, there is no access to library spaces and the physical collections.

NEW! We are happy to announce 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 keeps our physical facilities closed. 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.

Rare and Manuscript Collections

Although currently there is no access to our physical collection, we invite you to explore our digital collections and online exhibits. As always, we offer research and online instruction support.

Returning materials, due dates, late fees

If at all possible, please keep library loans with you until further notice. The book return slot to the left of Olin Library's entrance is open.
The due date for circulating materials due before August 31st will be extended to August 31st, 2020.
We are also waiving all late fees for circulating materials until June 1st, 2020.

Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan

All material currently checked out from Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan will be renewed automatically for 8 weeks. With any questions please contact
Lending of physical materials through Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan has been paused. Scans of articles and book chapters can be requested.

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We will keep this page up-to-date, please check back often for additional information as it becomes available.

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