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Off the shelf

“Going virtual” – shifting to an online environment – has huge benefits for library users. But there’s often one thing that people miss about physical libraries: looking around and discovering other useful books or articles just because of their proximity. The library is aiming to recreate that feeling of serendipity with a virtual shelf browser, […]

ILLiad’s odyssey

Every day, books and other library materials wing their way around the world through an interlibrary loan system — and now, a million different requests have flown to and from Cornell. This month, the Interlibrary Services departments in Olin, Mann and law reached request number 1,000,000 through its interlibrary loan system, ILLiad. (The millionth title […]

Trial by pamphlet

Abolitionist John Brown was executed 153 years ago this December. Now the record of his trial is online for the world to see. Through a grant from the Save America’s Treasures program, Cornell University Library has restored and digitized hundreds of records of early American trials. The project began in spring 2011, and most of the […]

Concrete oases

A little piece of the outdoors came inside this week, thanks to students from the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis (DEA). Small sections of turf create grassy oases of calm in the lobbies of Olin and Mann libraries, as well as Duffield Hall and the Physical Sciences Building. Potted plants and comfortable chairs are […]

Divine illustrations

Dante fans have some new territory to explore: more than 1,000 images from Cornell University Library’s Divine Comedy Image Archive (DCIA). The illustrations are available via Shared Shelf Commons, an open-access library of images from institutions that subscribe to a Web-based digital collections service from ARTstor. The images of suffering sinners and heavenly rewards come […]

Let’s talk turkey (& chicken)

Move over, turkeys: Mann Library has launched a new online exhibition about the recent resurgence of interest in small-scale poultry-keeping. “Backyard Revival: American Heritage Poultry” delves into the history of raising chickens everywhere from private backyards to huge industrial operations. Individual breeds are pictured and catalogued, and digitized photographs, feed catalogs, book covers and more tell […]

Uncle Ezra is on sabbatical

The Dear Uncle Ezra website, created in 1986 as what may have been the world’s first online advice column, is temporarily closed for renovations. “After heartfelt discussion we decided it was time for Ezra to go through a period of rest and recuperation and revisioning,” said Dave Vernon, special assistant to the vice president for […]

‘The Partisan Muse’

Age-old sagas of Norwegian kings and nobility are the subject of the newest volume of the library’s “Islandica” series. “The Partisan Muse in the Early Icelandic Sagas (1200–1250),” by Theodore M. Andersson, is volume 55 in the series, which is published electronically and in print under the Cornell University Library imprint. Andersson is one of […]


“Terra Nova,” a new exhibition in Mann Library’s gallery space, leads viewers through a landscape of desolate beauty. Photographer Thibault Roland’s elegant, evocative photographs capture Newfoundland’s icebergs glowing in the dark sea, the sky hanging vast above the moors and the wind speaking in waves and clouds. Roland is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral […]

Man o Mann

Mann Library turns 60 this fall and Manndible Café turns 5. Visit Mann Lobby at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, to celebrate the dual milestones with Manndible-made cake, giveaways and raffle prizes. Those wearing 1950s librarian clothes and get a free cup of coffee.

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