Cornell University Library is at the center of Cornell’s vibrant intellectual life. Expert librarians are available in person—and online 24/7—to help navigate our world-class collections and assist with papers, exam prep, and research projects. We're a home away from home, with warm, inviting spaces for solo study and high-tech, flexible spaces for group work. Students and faculty agree: The Library is an important contributor to their academic success.

Other Libraries and Collections

Anne Carry Durland Memorial Alternatives Library

Located in Anabel Taylor Hall, the Durland Alternatives Library provides resources in support of the Center for Transformative Action. This library is dedicated to providing free and open access to materials expressing viewpoints and information not readily available through mainstream publications and mass-media sources.

Bailey Hortorium Library

The Bailey Hortorium Library is a collection of botanical books and journals that represents the personal library of our Hortorium's founder, Liberty Hyde Bailey, combined with the library of Cornell's old Wiegand Herbarium.

Career Library

The Career Library in Barnes has one goal: to help you find the best career-related information in the shortest time possible.

The Cornell Club, New York

Relax in the quiet Andrew Dickson White Library.

Macaulay Library

Residing in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Macaulay Library houses the world's largest archive of animal sounds and associated video.

Paleontological Research Institution Library

Housed in PRI's Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, our library of over 60,000 volumes focuses on paleontology, geology, and natural history. The Wells Rare Book Room includes an important collection of books on corals, mollusks, and foraminiferans. In addition to our library, we have an extensive collection of photographic and glass slides, photos, and memorabilia from PRI Directors and other notable scientists.

Women's Resource Center Library

The Cornell Women's Resource Center Library has information on dating, stress, health, and sexual harassment, as well as the many local support agencies in Tompkins County. Located in Willard Straight Hall.

Reading Rooms

Mary Donlon Hall Library

You'll find a small, quiet library space on the first floor of this unusual postmodern building.


Located in Risley Hall, the RisLibrary is more of a quiet place to study than a library. It does house the second largest collection of romance novels on campus, though (after the Cornell Library, of course).

Snee Hall Reading Room

A glass-enclosed reading room with a view of the Cascadilla gorge.