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Extra Study Hours at Olin & Uris Libraries

Olin Library will be open until midnight this Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th . Uris Library will be open 24 hours a day from Sunday, December 4th through Thursday, December 15th, when the building will close at 5 pm.

Good luck with your exams and final papers. If you need help with anything, be sure to Ask a Librarian.

Study Break Opportunities at Olin and Uris Libraries

Starting on December 5th, there will be a number of study break opportunities at Olin and Uris Libraries.

Late Night Study Break: Free Pizza in Olin Cafe

Join us at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, 12/6 for a study break with free pizza (while it lasts) in Olin’s Libe Café. (Pizza courtesy of Olin & Uris Libraries)

Stress-busting with Cornell Companions & Cornell Minds Matter in Olin Lobby, December 7th at 1 pm

Stop in to see the therapy dogs and write a letter of gratitude to your parents or friends.

From December 2nd through the 15th, there will be De-Stress Spaces available throughout the day.

De-stress in Olin Lobby, outside Amit Bhatia Libe Cafe with our large format coloring project.

De-stress  in Uris Library Dean Room with a large scale crossword puzzle and jigsaw puzzles.



Need Help Finding a Citation? Wondering Which Database to Use? Ask a Librarian!


If you have a research problem – If no one else can help – You can find them –

Ask a Librarian!

The library offers help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through a variety of services: email, chat, phone, or stop by a reference desk.

We’re here for you, whenever you need help.

New Scanners Now Available in Olin Library

Three new scanners have been placed on the east wall of the main computer area in Olin Library.


Instructions for the scanners are available on plastic placards near each scanner. Among the new scanners is an overhead model, the Fujitsu ScanSnap sv600.  More detailed information on the ScanSnap can be found here.

If you have any questions about using the scanners, please stop by the Olin Reference Desk.

In-Depth Research Rescue: Research Consultations Are Now Available

Is that final paper deadline suddenly too close for comfort?   Do you have specific questions on how to tailor Zotero to your research needs?  Would you like to meet with your subject librarian to help find resources in your area of interest?

Fill out a research consultation form: .

Whenever possible, requests will be responded to within two business days by librarians who will schedule an appointment with you. If you need assistance more quickly, Ask a Librarian.

Olin & Uris Libraries And You: Thanksgiving Break 2016

Olin and Uris Libraries will close for Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, November 23rd at 5 pm.

Olin Library will reopen on Saturday, November 26th from 10 am to 6 pm.

Both libraries will be open regular semester hours on Sunday, November 27th: Olin from 10 am to 2 am, and Uris from 10 am on the 27th until Friday, December 3rd at 9 pm.

If you wish to access Cornell online materials over the break, use the library home page as your starting point. You will need to use your Net ID and password to authenticate your Cornell credentials.

You can also download Passkey, a bookmarklet that allows you to access materials off-campus without going through the Cornell library website.

The Olin Library Reference Desk will be open on Saturday, the 26th from 1 pm to 6 pm. You can contact the desk by phone at 607-254-2907 or by email at

If you have any questions over the break you can also use our 24/7 chat service. Cornell Librarians will not be online during the holiday, but the academic chat cooperative librarians may be able to help.

Staff will be limited, so you may need to wait a bit for a response. A link to the chat service is available on the Ask a Librarian page.


Olin Book Talk, Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint


How does poetic reference in largely abstract works affect their interpretation?

Join us on November 8th at 4:30 pm in Olin 107 for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with Mary Jacobus, professor emerita of English at the University of Cambridge, Anderson Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Cornell from 1980-2000, and Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford. In 2011-12, she returned to Cornell as M. H. Abrams Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Her new book Reading Cy Twombly (Princeton University Press; August 30, 2016), is an illuminating study that focuses on the artist’s use of poetry in his paintings and drawings, many of which include handwritten words and phrases—naming or quoting poets ranging from Sappho, Homer, and Virgil to Mallarmé, Rilke, and Cavafy. The careful examination of Twombly’s scrawled quotations and verbal scribbles allows us to have a captivating conversation with the artist’s imagination. In the artist’s own words, he “never really separated painting and literature.”

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October Workshops at Cornell University Library

October 11, 3:00 pm: Intro to EndNote via WebEx, Online

Endnote is an easy-to-use citation management tool that helps you store, organize, cite, and share your research.  This online introductory workshop will cover the basics and get you comfortable using the program—no prior experience necessary.

October 13, 3:30 pm: Zotero Clinic, Olin Library

This session is intended for researchers who have started using Zotero, but need a review of certain functions or want to learn more about features like groups, Zotfile, notes, tagging, managing storage, and more. Bring your questions and laptop with Zotero installed.

October 14, 10:00 am: Introduction to Tableau Public, Uris Library

Tableau Public is a free data visualization tool. It requires no plug-ins and no API. You can create interactive graphs, dashboards, maps and tables from virtually any data. The tool includes a free desktop product that you can download and use to publish interactive data visualizations to the web.

October 18, 4:30 pm: Using Excel with Research Data: Macros, Uris Library

Macros in Excel enable you to automate a repetitive task so that you can do the task again with a single click. During this workshop, we’ll teach you how to record a macro and introduce you to the Visual Basic Editor for more advanced macro programming. You’ll leave with a greater awareness of when macros might be useful, as well as hands on practice creating macros, and resources to continue your learning.

October 20, 3:00 pm: Introduction to LaTeX, Uris Library

A hands-on introduction to document creation with LaTeX using the TeXStudio front-end ( and the MikTeX engine for Windows ( LaTeX ( is a markup language enabling anyone to create high quality typeset documents. Learn the basic structure of LaTeX and take advantage of the tools provided in TeXStudio. No previous experience required.

October 25, 4:30 pm: Poster Design, Mann Library

Learn best practices and useful resources for research poster design! In this short interactive workshop,  review basic design principles by  judging existing posters, learn the resources for poster printing at Mann Library, and have an opportunity to work on your poster  and get feedback.

October 27, 2:00 pm: Intro to ArcGIS, Mann Library

Learn the basics of ArcMap (ArcGIS), Esri’s desktop GIS application for mapping and geospatial analysis.  We will work together through examples of loading common types of data, modifying the display styles, and performing some basic analysis.

Fall Break Hours at Olin and Uris

Fall Break Hours started on Friday, October 7th and run through Monday, October 10th. Regular operating hours begin again on Tuesday, October 11th.

Uris Library

Friday, October 7th                         closes at 5 pm
Saturday, October 8th                     12 pm to 5 pm
Sunday, October 9th                       CLOSED
Monday, October 10th                    8 am to 5 pm
Tuesday, October 11th                     Opens at 8 am

Olin Library

Friday, October 7th                         closes at 6 pm
Saturday, October 8th                    10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, October 9th                       12 pm to 9 pm
Monday, October 10th                    8 am to 9 pm
Tuesday, October 11th                     8 am to 2 am

For more information on specific services please visit:

If you wish to access Cornell online materials over the fall break, use the library home page as your starting point. You will need to use your Net ID and password to authenticate your Cornell credentials.  You can download Passkey, a bookmarklet that allows you to access materials without going through the Cornell library website.

Our 24/7 chat service will be available over the break.  A link to the chat service is available on the Ask a Librarian page.

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