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Notes from Cornell Typewriters

Inspired by “Notes from a Public Typewriter”, Olin & Uris Libraries are providing two vintage typewriters as a way for Cornellians to connect both with each other & the past.

We invite you to record thoughts you would like to convey to the library—poems, haikus, ideas, or whatever is on your mind. If someone has already typed on the page, leave some space and continue with your own narrative, adding pages as needed (they’re numbered). We will archive these sheets of paper, and if we quote from them, will keep them anonymous, so only sign your messages if you want them attributed, and leave a note that specifies if you have privacy preferences. Please treat both typewriters with respect.

In Uris Library’s Lobby, a 1915-25 L.C.Smith & Bros.

It is an antique, ca. 1915-25, and belongs to Mann Library.

In Olin Library Lobby, a 1973 Smith Corona.

It is the personal writing instrument of Fred Muratori, Cornell’s Bibliographer for English-Language, Literature & Film.


Photos courtesy of Shayla Harrington.

Extended Study Hours at Olin & Uris Libraries

During the study and exam period, May 11th through May 21st, Olin & Uris Libraries will have extended hours on Friday and Saturday nights.

On May 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th, Olin Library will be open until 12 am.  Uris Library will be open 24 hours through the end of the study/exam period and start intercession hours on Tuesday, May 22nd.

For more information on the hours at Olin & Uris Libraries, please visit:

Slope Day 2018 at Olin, Kroch, and Uris Libraries

Uris Library closes at 2 am on Slope Day.

DRAW A LINE ———————————————-


The exhibit DRAW A LINE ———————————————-, located in Olin Library’s Basement Display case from April 23-May 26, 2018, represents a unique collaboration between library staff and Amy Sara Carroll’s Society for the Humanities Spring 2018 graduate seminar “Undocumentation” (SHUM 4620, AMST 4620, COML 4616, FGSS 4620, LATA 4620, LSP 4621, ROMS 4625, VISST 4620).

Work by Julissa Andrade, Lydia Anglin, Elise Czuchna, Michelle Dan, Diego García Blanco, Salvador Herrera, Laura Pérez-León, and Emily Celeste Vázquez Enríquez engages maps of the Mexican-US borderlands housed in Olin’s Map and Geospatial Information Unit. Many thanks to Howard Brentlinger, Robert Kotaska, Craig Mains, Oluwayimika Osunsanya and Eliza Bettinger for making such an exhibition possible.

Text provided by Amy Sara Carroll

Photo provided by Carla DeMello

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, and in-person, at a reference desk.

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

Book Talk: Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict States

Sabrina Karim is an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Between 2016-2017, she was a Dartmouth Dickey Center Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security. Her new book, Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping (Oxford University Press, 2017) is coauthored by Kyle Beardsley, and it was the winner of the Conflict Research Studies Best Book Prize for 2017.

This event is sponsored by Olin Library. For more information about Olin Library events, visit

All events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.

For more information about the book talk series and to view recordings of previous talks, visit

Spring Workshop Schedule at Olin & Uris Libraries

Reserve Olin/Uris Group Study Rooms in Advance

Olin/Uris now has 6 group study rooms that are available to be reserved: 302, 402 & 404 in Olin Library, and the 3 group study rooms in the Cocktail Lounge of Uris. Students reserve the rooms online through a reservation system called LibCal.

There is a link to this system on the Group Study Rooms-Policy for Use page on our website:

While you should review all the policies on the page, some of note:

  • These spaces are intended for current student academic use only. Faculty and staff members who need to reserve a room can refer to the Library Spaces page of the Cornell University Library website.
  • Reservations have priority. If you are using a space and do not have a valid reservation, you must leave when asked by a group that has a valid reservation.
  • Please bring a copy of your confirmation with you and be prepared to inform those sitting in a room that you have the space reserved.
  • Drinks must have a lid. Use quiet conversation.
  • Please refer any issues to staff at the circulation desk.

Extended Study Hours at Olin & Uris this Weekend

Olin Library will be open until midnight this Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th . Uris Library will be open 24 hours a day until Thursday, December 14th, when it closes at 5 pm.

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

Olin & Uris Libraries And You: Thanksgiving Break 2017

Olin and Uris Libraries will close for Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, November 22nd at 5 pm.

Olin Library will reopen on Saturday, November 25th from 10 am to 6 pm.

Both libraries will be open regular semester hours on Sunday, November 26th: Olin from 10 am to 2 am, and Uris from 10 am on the 27th until Friday, December 1st 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 25th 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.

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