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Passkey to the Rescue!

It’s happened again. You’ve found what looks to be the perfect article. You stumbled across it while searching outside of the library website, and now to access the full text you must either navigate away from the article in order to track down the login button on the publication’s convoluted website, or pull up the library catalog to search for the publication by name and then re-find the article within it.

Not so with Passkey!

What is this magical Passkey? It’s a bookmark for your browser that saves your Cornell login information and in most cases allows you with *one click* to check whether you have access to the full text of any article you may come across. 

How do you obtain Passkey?Look no further!

On the library’s website you can easily download the bookmark to your browser(s), and there is a useful library guide with instructions available based on your operating system: Mac/Apple or PC/Windows.

Olin Kroch Uris Contactless Book Pickup Service: Service with a smile packed into each bag.

Books from the Olin, Kroch, and Uris collections are available for pickup at the Uris Clock Tower location, Monday-Saturday 10am-2pm. The Uris Clock Tower accessible entrance at the base of the McGraw Tower has been converted into a brown bag book buffet.

Uris Clock Tower Entrance

Books awaiting pickup

How do I request material for contactless pickup?

  1. From the library catalog record choose, “Request item” on the right-hand side of page.Catalog Request Button
  2. After authenticating, choose the Uris Clock Tower as a Pickup location.Request Form
  3. Click “Submit delivery request”.
  4. You will receive an email within two working days letting you know when you can pick up the requested materials from the Uris Clock Tower. Items are held for nine days. If you do not pick up your items in that time frame the books will be returned to the stacks.

Staff processing material requests have completed the University’s Daily Health Assessment, and are approved for on-site work.  On-site staff follow strict health and safety guidelines, including wearing face coverings when paging and handling materials. You can be sure your books are safely processed and prepared for contactless pickup!

Requests are filled as quickly as possible while maintaining our safety protocols.  We appreciate your patience!

Accessible accommodations and requests for large quantities of materials are available. Please contact for more information.

Need Help Finding an Article? Not Sure How to Cite in MLA? Ask a Librarian!


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Build Skills at Cornell University Library Workshops

Cornell University Library offers a wide variety of workshops designed to assist patrons in developing skills in library research, information management, and software. These workshops are free and open to registered Cornell students, faculty and staff.

For the most up to date information on our workshops, please visit:

Understanding the Middle East through Geologic Movement: Selections from the Barazangi Map Collection

Located on Level B in Olin Library, Understanding the Middle East through Geologic Movement: Selections from the Barazangi Map Collection features maps donated by Professor Muawia Barazangi, emeritus professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.  The maps and images explore how plate tectonics created, and shaped the geography of the Middle East, and how that geologic history resulted in the region’s status as both an oil & gas rich region, and an epicenter of natural disasters. This favorable natural history also made it possible for the development of earliest and most advanced civilization on earth.

Professor Barazangi joined Cornell University at the end of 1971, and served in 1978-1980 as professor and chairman of the Department of Geophysics at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His interests are seismology, tectonics and lithospheric structure, especially in the Middle East and Morocco.

Barazangi’s donated maps can be found in the Olin Library Map Room His papers are located in the University Archives in Kroch Library’s Rare & Manuscript Collections, and for more details please visit his website at .

Extended Study Hours at Olin & Uris through December 20th

Olin Library will be open until midnight on: Friday, December 13th, Saturday, December 14th, and Friday, December 20th .

All of Uris Library (including Circulation, the book stacks, the Kinkeldey Room, and AD White Library) will be open until 11 pm on : Friday, December 13th, Saturday, December 14th, and Friday, December 20th .

In addition to the Cocktail Lounge, Uris Library Gallery level – all areas below the Ho Plaza entrance – will be open 24 hours a day through 10 am on Saturday December 21st.

For more information on building hours, please visit this page:

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

Start Your Online Research, Anywhere

When you’re off-campus, start your search at for full access to all databases, online journals, article texts, and other resources requiring a Cornell subscription. When you click on subscription-only resources, you’ll be prompted for your NetID and password to begin two-factor authentication.

If you don’t start at the library’s homepage, use Passkey for electronic access. Drag the Passkey icon to the top of your browser. Whenever you hit a paywall or a “forbidden” message, click the Passkey tab on your browser. If the Library has a subscription to the resource you’re trying to access, you’ll then be prompted for your NetID.

If you have any questions, remember to Ask a Librarian.   24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year chat support is available to all Cornell faculty, staff, and students.


Cornell Companions in Olin Library November 12th


















Join us in the Olin Lobby (just outside Libe Cafe’s entrance) for another visit from the Cornell Companions. The Companions will be in Olin, intermittently, from 12 pm to 7 pm.

For more information on the Cornell Companions program, please visit:


Fall Workshops at Cornell University Library

Learn how to better manage your research with Zotero.   Build data organization skills.  Want to learn how to use a Laser Cutter?

You can learn all these skills, and more, at  Cornell University Library’s Workshop series.  To learn more and sign up for sessions, please visit:

August Workshops at Olin & Uris Libraries

Reserve your seat at the Olin & Uris Libraries Summer Workshop series sessions.  Click on workshop titles to secure your place.

Wikipedia Editing Workshop, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Interested in becoming a Wikipedian and improving the open educational content of this online encyclopedia?  The first thirty minutes of this class will be a short introduction to how Wikipedia works, why getting involved in it matters, and an overview of the basics of editing for new and beginning editors.  The introduction will be followed by a hands-on editing session.

You don’t have to be an expert to contribute – just bring a laptop (available at Olin Circulation) and your questions and topics that you’re interested in working on to start.

Designing Effective Presentations12:00pm – 1:00pm, Thursday, August 8, 2019

Learn the basics of creating dynamic visual presentations in any discipline, whether you use PowerPoint or Keynote as your presentation software.

In this workshop, we will show you where to find images that can be used legally and ethically, and give tips to design visually compelling slides that will get your points across effectively and boost your confidence as a presenter.

Introduction to Digital Privacy, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Thursday, August 8, 2019

Why do the same ads follow you from website to website? Who has access to texts you send, or to your Google search history? What can you do to increase your digital privacy? And most important — does it really matter? We’ll explore answers to all of these questions in this workshop, and you’ll leave with practical understandings and skills to apply to your daily digital life.

Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Misinformation, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Monday, August 12, 2019

In the high-speed world of reality-optional politics, “alternative” facts, and “fake” news, how can you identify news sources that are accurate and trustworthy? There are tools and approaches to help you be a more effective evaluator of news sources and news content. Join us for an hour of working together to recognize reliable news sources and separate them from the “alternative,” fake, truthy, and promotional versions.

Cornell University Library (for Staff), 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Everything at Cornell Libraries- books -DVDs and more, are free. Cornell Libraries are a great untapped benefit of working at Cornell. You can also check out and download ebooks and audiobooks from anywhere, stream video, download articles from magazines and newspapers for you and your kids, search genealogy resources…we’ll help you find what you are looking for.

Introduction to Photoshop, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A hands-on introduction to image manipulation using the Adobe Photoshop. Learn about image file formats, color correction, how to touch up photos and ready images for print or web publishing.

Practice with basic Photoshop tools used for selecting and altering forms, adjusting brightness, contrast and color saturation, and converting and resizing images. No previous experience required.

Visualize Your Data with Tableau Public3:00pm – 4:30pm, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

How can visualization tools help you explore, analyze, and communicate your data to others? In this workshop, we will introduce several data visualization techniques using Tableau Public. No prior coding or design experience needed.

Optionally, you may “Bring Your Own Data” by e-mailing a dataset of your choice in Excel or CSV format to the instructor ( along with any questions you have – we will explore your submissions as a group in the workshop session. (Please only send data you have permission to share publicly. No confidential data please!)

WordPress for Websites, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Thursday, August 15, 2019

Not just for blogs, WordPress can be used to produce elegant, user-friendly websites. Whether you’re creating a scholarly website or an extended online CV, WordPress is a flexible solution with a simple, intuitive interface and surprisingly powerful plugins. Learn the basics of WordPress site building in this session.
Please bring a laptop (not a tablet) to this workshop.

Introduction to Genealogy Online, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Friday, August 16, 2019

Participants will be introduced to basic tools and concepts for online researching of ancestors in the United States. The session will give you hands-on experience with two essential genealogical databases, Ancestry and HeritageQuest.

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