Welcome to Mann Library!
As we begin the 2021-22 academic year, it’s a welcome sight to have new and returning Cornell students, faculty, and so many of our cherished visitors once again walking through our library doors.
While some aspects of the library experience will continue to be a bit different than they were previous to the pandemic, we’ve been able to adapt our operations so that we can return many of the highly valuable physical space attributes – as well as support opportunities – to a more “normal” manner of availability. For example, our Bissett Collaboration Space and Dean’s Room spaces on the 2nd floor remain available as quiet study or shared spaces, while we’ve again made available much of the comfortable seating and study spaces closer to the stacks. Our individual and group study rooms are also again available for checkout and use. Whether you’re looking for a space to meet with classmates, or somewhere a bit more isolated to focus on your studies, ‘Club Mann’ is focused on providing a safe and accessible space for our patrons. (Please note: at this time, masks are required at all times for all patrons and regardless of vaccination status.)
We remain committed to our efforts around supporting the teaching and research mission of the university – and so many of our adaptations that came about due to the circumstances around the pandemic will remain. Included in this is our contactless pick-up option, allowing patrons to make requests for physical materials, and for those items to then be checked out and made available for pickup in our contactless pick-up area. Self-serve physical course reserves are also newly available. In these “self-serve” locations, students can use the books in the library without checking them out; additionally, should a student wish to check out the material, they can bring the book to the library’s circulation desk to check out for a specified period of time. Poster printing has also returned to Mann Library in full force, and patrons can either submit their images online for contactless printing service or they can walk up to the Help Desk. Courses and departments may also register a poster session using the Poster Session Registration Form. And we’re especially delighted to note that our public computers have returned to the floor. Patrons can check for the availability of needed software on the public computers with this handy Mann Library Software Availability page.
We encourage you to take advantage of our numerous research support services – Evidence Synthesis, GIS, and Data Management – and register for any of our fall workshops that can help with anything from writing a literature review to maximizing your research impact to learning how to use QGIS.
Our virtual exhibits also remain a great way to explore important topics in science and history, learn a little more about the Library’s outstanding special collections, and get to know the important work that Cornell faculty and students are doing in a wide variety of fields. We have an online program of book talks by the faculty of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology. Please stay tuned to our Upcoming Events page for more information about additional fall events.
We invite you to explore, discover new things, develop new ideas, and bring learning to life… and to even come in and get your coffee/tea or sandwich fix at the new Mann Café!
If you have suggestions for us, please be sure to get in touch. Furthermore, if you have research questions, don’t hesitate to find us via any of our Ask A Librarian options, including via our highly staffed chat service.
With best wishes for the academic year ahead,
Sara E. Wright
Director, A.R. Mann Library & Science Cluster Libraries
Ithaca, New York 14853 USA