Enhanced online resources and other COVID-19 updates

Updated: Friday, August 7, 2020, 11:58 AM

This page presents our currently available services. Please see our Return to Campus FAQ for information on what we are planning. To get email notifications of new additions to our COVID pages, send an empty email to CUL-Updates-L-request@cornell.edu with the single word Join in the subject line.

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!

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For Fall 2020 the Library’s course reserves service will move into an online, accessible environment to the fullest degree possible, while remaining responsive to instructor needs. 

Contactless 'curbside' pickup is available from the collections of Africana, the Annex, Catherwood, Fine Arts, Kroch Asia, Mann, Music, Olin, and Uris.

Scanning has resumed from the collections of Africana, the Annex, Catherwood, Fine Arts, Kroch Asia, Mann, Music, Olin, and Uris. Articles and chapters can be requested for electronic delivery.

Scanning is now also available for items in Rare and Manuscript Collections and in the Kheel Center for students, faculty, and staff.

Online collection

To access our extensive online collections start at https://library.cornell.edu, 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.  

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

Facilities and physical collections

Currently there is no access to library spaces.

Access to our physical collections is being phased in:

  • Contactless pickup is available for items from the circulating collections of Africana, the Annex, Catherwood, Fine Arts, Kroch Asia, Mann, Music, Olin, and Uris if they are not accessible in digital form. Use the ‘request’ button when viewing the item in the library catalog. Pickup locations are Africana Center Entrance, Annex Garage Entrance, Mann Lobby, and Uris clock tower (use the entrance to the clock tower on the East side of the building). We will send you an email with pickup information when the items are ready. You can request that we bring the books out to your car. Pickups are available on weekdays at the Annex and Mann; and Monday through Saturday at Olin. There is a 48-hour turnaround time for the service.
  • Scanning has resumed from the collections of Africana, the Annex, Catherwood, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Fine Arts, Kheel Center, Kroch Asia, Mann, Music, Olin, and Uris. Articles and chapters can be requested for electronic delivery.

For Fall 2020 the Library’s course reserves service will move into an online, accessible environment to the fullest degree possible, while remaining responsive to instructor needs. 

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.

In case of urgent teaching need, Cornell instructors can use our emergency print purchase and delivery service while our facilities are closed. If there is no electronic version available of a requested book, we will attempt to purchase it in print and have it shipped directly from the vendor to the home address of the instructor.

Rare and Manuscript Collections and the Kheel Center

Although currently there is no in-person access to our physical collections, scanning requests are now available for students, faculty, and staff. View your item in the library catalog and click “Request Item for Scanning.” Email rareref@cornell.edu for questions about RMC materials, and rarepro@cornell.edu for specific reproduction requests. Email kheelref@cornell.edu for Kheel Center inquiries.

Returning Cornell University Library materials, due dates, late fees

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 September 30th, 2020.

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 Annex, Catherwood, and at Mann. Please email the Library Public Services office at libpublicservices@cornell.edu for special arrangements if you 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.

Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan

All items currently checked out from Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan will be due on August 31st. If at all possible, please keep them with you until you can return them in person. The book return slot to the left of Olin Library's entrance is open and so are the drop boxes at the Annex and at Mann. Please email the Library Public Services office at libpublicservices@cornell.edu for special arrangements if you 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.

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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