Hybrid library for a hybrid semester: COVID-19 updates

Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 4:38 PM

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 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 safe and excellent services for Cornell's hybrid semester. Tell us how we can help you and feel free to Ask a Librarian!

On-Site Services

Contactless pickup of physical collection items

Contactless pickup is available for items from the circulating collections of all of our libraries except the Adelson Library (at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology), as long as the items are not accessible digitally through the Hathi Trust Emergency Temporary Access Service. Demand for this service is high, so please plan ahead.

Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan

Throughout the spring and summer we have been able to fill requests for items that are available electronically. This service remains in effect.

We are one of six of the twelve Borrow Direct libraries that have restarted physical lending through Borrow Direct. As partner libraries rejoin the lending network at their own pace, we expect turnaround times to slowly begin to approach normal. For most of the fall we anticipate turnaround times of about a week.

Interlibrary Loan for physical items is also available again, albeit at slower than normal turnaround times.

Contactless pickup of laptops

COMING SOON: laptops for checkout for 2-4 weeks at a time at Uris Library. Cameras, projectors, and other equipment loans at Mann Library.

Quiet study and academic support spaces

De-densified quiet study seats are available by reservation only in Mann, Olin, and Uris Libraries. Please be ready to show your reservation when you enter.

Mann Library hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Olin Library hours (starting September 18th): Sunday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Uris Library hours: Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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.

COMING SOON: Academic support rooms in Olin Library.

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 at:

  • Mann Library 1st floor outside the Stone Classroom (for items usually on reserve at Mann and the Mathematics Libraries.) Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Uris Library Willis Room (for items usually on reserve at Africana, Fine Arts, Hotel, Music, Olin, and Uris Libraries.) Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Please be ready to show your reservation when you enter.

Printing

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. Pease 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.

Mann Library hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Olin Library hours (starting September 18th): Sunday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Uris Library hours: Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Remote Services

Online collection

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 COVID-19 public health emergency.

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.

Virtual browsing

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.

More information.

Scans via email

Scanning is available from the circulating collections of all of our libraries (except Adelson) as well as maps 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.

Course reserves

For Fall 2020 the Library’s course reserves service moves into 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

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.  

Rare and distinctive collections

Although currently there is no in-person access to our 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

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

Returning Library Materials

Returning Cornell University Library materials, late fees

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 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.

Returning Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan

Late fees are waived through September 30th. If at all possible, please keep the items 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 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 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.