Help for International Students

Welcome to Cornell University Library! Each of our libraries has people whose job it is to help you be a more successful student.

Our library staff can assist you in learning to use library resources and services like searching our catalogs, finding books, searching for journal articles, navigating and connecting to online resources, and borrowing materials from schools other than Cornell.

  • Ask questions! Library staff are friendly and approachable and can help you with all aspects of using the library and finding materials for your research papers and course assignments. Ask a Librarian to call, send email, ask in person at any service desk, or connect online 24/7.
  • Go on tours of the libraries to learn where helpful people, collections, specialized services, and study spaces are located (check your orientation schedule or ask in any library for tour schedules).
  • Attend a free workshop to learn about the organization, services and resources in academic libraries. Introduction to Academic Libraries in the United States, Get Started with Library Research, and Essential Research Tools are highly recommended, and are usually scheduled at the beginning of the semester.

Make use of the library collections, both online and in print, and help from library staff, to improve your research, writing and communication skills.

Stay connected with your community both on campus and abroad.