Personal Librarian

When you’re a first-year undergraduate student, a big research university like Cornell can seem like a confusing, overwhelming place. But, with help from Cornell University Library, you don’t have to figure it out on your own.

Our Personal Librarian program pairs selected first-year students with library experts who stay in touch throughout the year and help in different ways, including:

  • Introducing you to library resources and answering your questions about them.
  • Assisting you in finding articles, books, and other information sources, especially if you get stuck on an assignment.
  • Connecting you with librarians from a variety of subject backgrounds.
  • Connecting you with resources across campus that are vital to your well-being and academic success.

How are Personal Librarians assigned to students?

Personal Librarians are assigned to first-year students who have identified as first-generation college students. If you think you should be paired with a Personal Librarian but you haven’t received an email from one, please contact us at

Who is my Personal Librarian?

Fill out our contact form to receive your Personal Librarian’s contact information by email.

What if I’m not a first-generation first-year student?

Any student can opt-in to the Personal Librarian program by filling out our contact form.