New computers in the Carpenter Hall reading room & labs

This summer, all of the public computers in Carpenter Hall–both in the first floor reading room and in the four ACCEL computer labs (Blue, Red, Orange and Green)–have been replaced.

The new computers are Dell Optiplex 7440 all-in-ones with touchscreens and specifications as follows:

Intel core i7-6700 3.4Ghz processor
512 Gb SSD

The new computers run Windows 7 and have Office 2016, Autodesk, AutoDesk and AutoCad 2017, AutoDesk Inventor 2016, Adobe Creative Cloud 2016, and much other software besides.

The computers are up and running as of the time of this writing; come try them out for yourselves.

CUL “Traveling” makerspace at the Engineering Library

On April 7 and 8, Cornell University Library’s experimental ‘traveling’ makerspace was on-site at the Engineering Library study space as part of ‘Tinker Thursdays’ and ‘Fabrication Fridays’. Students, staff and visitors were encouraged to make a button, connect a simple circuit using LittleBits or have their head scanned and 3-D printed.

Staff from Cornell University Library hope to eventually locate a makerspace-type facility within one or more of our libraries to support crafting and building activities. Before that happens, these temporary events are serving as a demonstration and a sounding board for the Cornell community to talk to us about what they would like to see.

To learn more about the Library’s makerspace efforts, have a look at this Library Guide.

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ArXiv Survey – Send us your feedback

Click here to start arXiv survey

As noted in our recent update, 2016 is the 25th anniversary of arXiv, an important milestone.  We are engaged in a series of vision-setting activities and, as part of this process, we are implementing a user survey to help us improve arXiv and clarify future directions for the service in a way that best serves the user community:
The survey will close on April 27. The responses we gather will help us plan the future for arXiv and continue to provide a service that is based on actual user needs and experiences.

Improve Your Presentation Skills at SPARK Talks!


SPARK Talks: Scholars Present About Research and Knowledge, is a program of five-minute lightning talks by graduate students and postdocs sponsored by Cornell University Library.

Deadline: Apply by Feb 29, 2016

Prepare – Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 4-6 pm in Mann Library 102 with David Feldshuh, Professor of Theater

Present – Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 4-6pm in Mann Library Room 102


Please do consider joining us!

For more information, see: SPARK Talks FAQ
Questions? Write to

Carpenter Adds 50 More Seats, 11 More Tables

There are now 200 seats on the first floor of Carpenter Library, not including the 84 seats in the four computer labs. More electricity is coming to the tables soon…

What did we lose? Empty bookcases. Thank you to the Vet Library for donating the furniture.

Staff available to help at:
Computer Consultants Desk
Librarians in 103A, 103B Carpenter

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Science Magazine Classic Available


Science Magazine Classic, 1880-1996, is now available directly from the publisher, AAAS. We have access via JSTOR as well but it was not linked from PubMed or easily findable via an article search in Google. Science 1997 through present is from the publisher as well.

Trouble downloading full-text? Try clearing your browser’s cache. Next, click on the Science AAAS image to download articles, see below.



Email us any questions or concerns, Jill Powell,