Hybrid library for a hybrid summer

Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 4:38 PM

This page presents our currently available services. To get email notifications of new additions to these 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. Tell us how we can help you and feel free to Ask a Librarian!

On-Site Services

Libraries open for walk-ins

The following libraries are open for walk-ins (some restrictions are noted). Non-Cornell visitors are expected to follow university protocols for visitors. On-site checkouts are offered for circulating items. Check here for hours.

  • Africana Library
  • Catherwood Library
  • Fine Arts Library
  • Kheel Center (Patrons are strongly encouraged to an make an appointment to ensure access.)
  • Kroch Library's Asia Collections
  • Law Library (for the Law School community only)
  • Management Library (for the Johnson School community only)
  • Mathematics Library
  • Mann Library
  • Music Library (Cornell visitors swipe in at North entrance. Non-Cornell visitors please make an appointment.)
  • Olin Library
  • Uris Library
  • Veterinary Library (for the College of Veterinary Medicine community only)

The Engineering Library space is closed for the summer but feel free to ask us questions.

The Nestlé Library space is closed for the summer but feel free to ask us questions.

No appointments are needed for gallery viewing at the Hirshland Gallery of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC). Appointments are still required for RMC research consultations and access to the reading room. Check here for hours and more info.

Research by appointment

Rare and Manuscript Collections reading room and consultations: Schedule your appointment. (Starting July 1 non-Cornell visitors can make appointments, too.) No appointments are needed for gallery viewing at the Hirshland Gallery.

Contactless pickup of physical collection items

Contactless pickup is available for items from the circulating collections of all of our libraries. 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

Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan are available. Turnaround times for obtaining physical items might be somewhat longer than before the pandemic.

Laptop and equipment loans

Laptop loans are currently unavailable as we are upgrading our laptops. We will be back for the Fall with a new and improved lineup.

Equipment loans (projectors, cameras, GPS units, etc.) are available at Mann Library.

Individual and group study rooms

Individual and group study rooms can be reserved at Mann Library and at Olin and Uris Libraries. Other study seats do not require reservations.


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.

Check here for hours

Poster printing

Mann Library provides contactless poster printing services.

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.

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 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.

Course reserves

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 and you are unable to come to campus to retrieve a print copy, 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

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 provide 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

The Library has eliminated late fees (except for items that have been recalled by another patron.) Billing for lost item replacement fees has resumed.

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, Fine Arts Library, Law Library, Mathematics Library, Mann Library, Music Library, Uris Library, and the Veterinary Library. 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.