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Looking for a Textbook at the Library?

A good place to start looking is the Course Reserves module located on the library home page.

In addition to copies that may be owned by the library, instructors will sometimes place a personal copy of the course textbook on Course Reserve.  Those personal copies will not show up in the catalog, only within the Course Reserves module.

The module will allow a search by course name, course number, or instructor name.  Once you have found the course, highlight and click “Search” to see the course holdings.

The call number for personal copy reserve books at Olin and Uris Libraries will start with a ZZ.  Reserve items at Olin and Uris Libraries are shelved by call number, so make note of the call number before requesting an item at those desks.

Other libraries may use different classification schemes for personal copy materials, or different shelving arrangements for their reserve collections.  If you don’t know what information the library needs to retrieve a book from their reserve shelves, it may save time to copy down all information about the item before requesting it (call number, title, author, course number and instructor).

If you cannot find the textbook you need, Ask a Librarian.

Orientation ’14 Events at Olin, Kroch and Uris

Walking Tours of Olin, Kroch, and Uris  – Uris Library upper lobby

Home to the social sciences and humanities collections, these three libraries contain rich resources for the entire Cornell community. Start in Uris Library’s upper lobby; duration of tour is about 40 minutes.

Friday, August 22nd at 10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Saturday, August 23rd at 1 pm and 3 pm (No RMC tours on Saturday)
Monday, August 25th at 10 am and 1 pm
Tuesday, August 26th at 3 pm
Wednesday, August 27th at 3 pm
Thursday, August 28th at 3 pm
Friday, August 29th at 3 pm

Exploring Cornell’s Rare Books and Manuscripts - Rotunda on the top floor of Kroch Library

Cornell’s richest historical treasures live underground in Kroch Library, home to the Library’s rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and archives. The collections span from ancient cuneiform tablets, to an original manuscript of the Gettysburg Address written in Abraham Lincoln’s own hand, to comic books and hip hop.

Meet at the Rotunda on the top floor of Kroch Library, about 40 minutes after the start of the Olin, Kroch, and Uris tours. Duration of the tour is about 20 minutes

Friday, August 22nd at 10:40 am, 1:40 pm, and 3:40 pm
Monday, August 25th at 10:40 am and 1:40 pm
Tuesday, August 26th at 3:40 pm
Wednesday, August 27th at 3:40 pm
Thursday, August 28th at 3:40 pm
Friday, August 29th at 3:40 pm

New Students Only: Introduction to Library Research – Uris Classroom B05 (Gallery Level)

Save time and learn how to get the most out of Cornell Library with a one-hour, hands-on session about using databases, the library catalog, and print materials that aren’t online.

Friday, August 22nd at 2 pm
Saturday, August 23rd at 2 pm
Monday, August 25th at 11 am
Wednesday, August 27th at 4:30 pm
Friday, August 29th at 11 am
Thursday, September 4th at 4:30 pm

Introduction to American Academic Libraries – Olin Library 106G Classroom

Welcome, International Students! This one-hour event is for students with little or no experience using American academic libraries. Learn about American academic libraries and how to use Cornell’s library

Friday, August 22nd at 11 am
Monday, August 25th at 2 pm

Finding Your Way: Maps 101 – Lower Level of Olin Library

Love maps? Visit the Maps and Geospatial Information Collection to learn how to navigate these popular resources.  Discover GIS, mapping software, and scanning workstations.

Tuesday, August 26th at 2 pm
Wednesday, August 27th at 2 pm
Thursday, August 28th at 2 pm
Friday, August 29th at 2 pm

Practice Safe Computing!

The computers in Olin and Uris Libraries have been updated; there is no longer any temporary storage space on our public computers.

public computers

Olin Library “Best place to study” in Daily Sun’s “Best of Cornell 2014″


Exhibitions at Olin and Uris Libraries

There are two exhibitions currently on display at Olin and Uris Libraries.

Olin Library is home to “Foreign Fields: Perspectives on the Great War”.

Foreign Fields: Perspectives on the Great War

This exhibition explores the cultural and political frontiers of World War I, examining its effects from a variety of national and transnational viewpoints. Highlights include a series of historic cartographic materials and original maps created using GIS to demonstrate the extent of the war’s reach. Other materials—diaries, letters, posters—reveal cross-cultural exchanges that reflect the war’s broad geographical scope, from Ottoman to Canadian, Australian to Bulgarian.

The “Book & Paper Conservation at Cornell” exhibit currently on display on the Gallery Level in Uris Library.

The exhibit showcases both bookbinding techniques and materials, and the development of hand papermaking, two craft traditions that greatly inform and direct conservation treatment practices.

Highlighting the work of the Cornell University Library Conservation Laboratory, the exhibition demonstrates a variety of bookbinding techniques and materials, papermaking and specialty papers used in library conservation, and paper and photograph conservation.

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Research Consultations

Do you need help locating resources for your dissertation or thesis?  Do you have specific questions on how to tailor Zotero to your research needs?  Would you like to meet with your subject librarian?

Consider filling out a research consultation form: .

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

New Charging Stations Installed at Olin Library

Four new ChargeAll charging stations have been installed in the following locations:

  1. In Olin room 107 on a table by the soft seating.
  2. On the end of a computer section  across from the reference desk.
  3. On a table in the soft seating area outside Libe Café.
  4. On the computer station table in Olin room 501.

phone charging system


“Ready for Research: Planning for Your Trip to the Archives” Workshop

Join us on August 13th at 9:30 am for an introduction on the best ways to make use of your research time when you travel to other archival repositories or when doing archival research right here at Cornell.  This session will be held at Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library.

In this session, we will discuss planning ahead for different institutional policies, ways to photograph and edit documents quickly, and software and practices for managing and storing image files. Bring your own camera or smartphone for this hands-on session.

During the last 30 minutes, we will focus on using the citation management tool, Zotero, for helping you to manage files. This session is for humanities and social science researchers.

Please register in advance.

“Essential Research Tools” Workshop

Join us on August 12th at 10 am for a small group, hands-on workshop, and learn to navigate through electronic articles, databases, and citation management tools. We will show you tips for improving research efficiency, how to search for citations, when and how to request items through Interlibrary Loan, and introduce ways to keep track of the research you find. Get the most out of your research time!

The workshop is in Olin Library 106G.  Please register in advance.


Locating Items Not Held at Cornell in New Library Website

The single search box on the new Cornell Library website searches Cornell holdings, sorting the results into different formats.

For example: I am looking for the script of the 2000 film, Cast Away.


The results below show that Cornell does not have the script.  There is an option on the left side of the results page that will allow you to search “Libraries Worldwide”.  Click on images to enlarge.


Once you click on that link, you will need to change the “sort by” (see picture below) from “Library and Relevance”


to “Relevance”. Once you find the item you are looking for, in this case below #1, click on the title to request from Borrow Direct.


If you have any issues with locating or requesting an item, Ask a Librarian.

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