Life just got a little easier for Cornellians heading to the library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC), which inaugurated a new online registration and request system this semester. It allows anyone planning to visit RMC – Cornell’s principal repository of rare books, manuscripts and archival materials, located in the depths of Kroch Library – to do most of the work of getting materials online, instead of having to fill out request slips by hand.
The vast collections of RMC, ranging from ancient cuneiforms to visual iconography from President Barack Obama’s first campaign, are open to everyone in the Cornell community (and around the globe), as long as they register online. Using the new system, patrons can place requests from the RMC reference room or fill them out off-site ahead of time.
The new system also improves RMC’s ability to host classes and exhibitions, process reproduction orders and analyze how best to improve access to collections. Feedback is welcome.