Cornell University Library
The Cornell University Library is the library system of Cornell University. As of 2014, it holds over 8 million printed volumes and over a million ebooks. More than 90 percent of its current 120,000 periodical titles are available online. It has 8.5 million microfilms and microfiches, more than 71,000 cubic feet (2,000 m3) of manuscripts, and close to 500,000 other materials, including motion pictures, DVDs, sound recordings, and computer files in its collections, in addition to extensive digital resources and the University Archives. It is the sixteenth largest library in North America, ranked by number of volumes held.
The library is administered as an academic division; the University Librarian reports to the university provost. The holdings are managed by the Library's subdivisions, which include 16 physical and virtual libraries on the main campus in Ithaca, New York; a storage annex in Ithaca for overflow items; the library of the Weill Cornell Medical College and the archives of the medical college and of New York–Presbyterian Hospital in New York City; a branch of the medical library serving Weill Cornell in Qatar campus in Doha; and the library of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York.
The John M. Olin Library is the primary research library for the social sciences and humanities, and the Harold D. Uris Library has extensive holdings in the humanities and social sciences. The Albert R. Mann Library specializes in agriculture, the life sciences, and human ecology. The Carl M. Kroch Library includes the university's Rare & Manuscript Collections as well as its extensive Asia Collections. The Southeast Asia Collection at the Kroch Library, named in honor of John M. Echols, has been a joint undertaking of the university, the library, and the Southeast Asia Program with the goal of acquiring a copy of every publication of research value produced in the countries of Southeast Asia and publications about the region published in other parts of the world.
Initially, the system was a collection of 18,000 volumes stored in Morrill Hall. Daniel Willard Fiske, Cornell's first librarian, donated his entire estate to the university upon his death, as did President Andrew Dickson White. Under Fiske's direction, Cornell's library introduced a number of innovations, including allowing undergraduate students to browse through the books and check them out. By 1885, the library had installed electric lights and stayed open 12 hours per day (instead of only a few hours per week—as most other libraries at American universities did at the time—just enough time for faculty to check out and return books), which allowed students to use it as a reference library.
The library plays an active role in furthering online archiving of scientific and historical documents. It provides stewardship and partial funding for arXiv.org e-print archive, created at Los Alamos National Laboratory by Paul Ginsparg. arXiv has changed the way many physicists and mathematicians communicate, making the eprint a viable and popular form for announcing new research.
The "Project Euclid" initiative (named after Euclid of Alexandria) creates one resource joining commercial journals with low-cost independent journals in mathematics and statistics. The project is aimed at enabling affordable scholarly communication through the Internet. Besides archival purposes, primary goals of the project is to facilitate journal searches and interoperatibility between different publishers.
The Cornell Library Digital Collections are online collections of historical documents. Featured collections include the Database of African-American Poetry, the Historic Math Book Collection, the Samuel May Anti-Slavery Collection, the Witchcraft Collection, and the Donovan Nuremberg Trials Collection.
The library houses several rare manuscripts. It houses one of the five copies of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1863)—the only such to be privately owned and the only one accompanied both by a letter from Lincoln transmitting the manuscript and by the original envelope addressed and franked by Lincoln. The library houses cuneiform tablets; a major collection of medieval books and witchcraft trial records; thousands of pamphlets produced during the French Revolution; and the correspondence between Jefferson and Lafayette. It also holds a copy of The Birds of America, which is considered the most expensive book in the world. The library also has first editions of Darwin's "Origin of Species" (1859), the Book of Mormon (1830), and of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (1813).
- Samuel May Anti-Slavery Collection
- Witchcraft Collection
- Race and Religion Collection
- Fiske Icelandic Collection
- Cornell Hip Hop Collection
- Asia collections
- Agriculture collections
- Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History (HEARTH)
- Human Sexuality Collection
- Ornithology collection
- Making of America Collection
- Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library (KMODDL)
Movies and photos of hundreds of working mechanical-systems models at Cornell University. Also includes an e-book library of classic texts on mechanical design and engineering.
- The Rose Goldsen Archive of New media Art serves as a repository for many special collections and fellowship competitions, such as:
- Other digital collections
- Adelson Library (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
- Africana Library (Africana Studies and Research Center)
- Catherwood Library (Industrial and Labor Relations Library)
- Engineering Library (virtual)
- Fine Arts Library (Rand Hall)
- Geneva Experiment Station Library
- Kroch Library: Asia Collections and Rare and Manuscript Collections
- Law Library
- Management Library (Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Sage Hall)
- Mann Library
- Mathematics Library (Malott Hall)
- Medical Library (Weill Cornell Medical Library)
- Music Library (Lincoln Hall)
- Nestlé Library (School of Hotel Administration Library)
- Olin & Uris Libraries
- Physical Sciences Library (virtual)
- Veterinary Library (Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library)
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- Ornithology Collections in the Libraries at Cornell University: A Descriptive Guide
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- "Book of Mormon". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 2011-10-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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