Welcome to Mann Library!
As we begin the new semester, it’s a delight to see so many members of our cherished user community once again walking through our library doors. For those that also may regularly use our online space, you may notice some changes there as well. The Cornell University Library recently launched a redesigned website, including a centralized “How Can the Library Help you?” page, and links to some of our more popular conveniences, including how to request items (including through Borrow Direct, InterLibrary Loan, or our ScanIt service) or assistance with off-campus access of materials with help from Passkey.
As always, we have a variety of highly valuable physical spaces – as well as support opportunities – available to our community. Our Bissett Collaboration Space and Dean’s Room area on the 2nd floor remain available as quiet study or shared spaces, as do the comfortable seating options and study spaces on the other side of our second floor (closer to the stacks). Additionally, we’re delighted to mention the newly named CALS Zone – a 24/7 space off our lobby area which we also expect will include various opportunities for closer connection with members of the CALS community (stay tuned for additional information). 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 here for you.
We remain committed to our efforts around supporting the teaching and research mission of the university – and contactless pick-up options remain available for our patrons. This service allows patrons to make requests for physical materials, and for those items to then be checked out and made available for pickup in the CALS Zone, which remains our contactless pick-up area. Of course, you can always find additional information regarding reservable Individual Study Rooms, Graduate Study Rooms, Group Study Rooms, Conference/Meeting Rooms, and Computer Classrooms. One of our most popular services, poster & specialty printing remains available in full force – and patrons can submit print jobs at our Help Desk. Courses and departments may also register a poster session using the Group Session Registration Form.
Our information literacy program helps students to become critical thinkers and responsible digital citizens that know how to find evaluate, and utilize credible and relevant information. Don’t hesitate to reach out to request course instruction for your class. Our librarians are also here to assist with your research, and we encourage you to take advantage of our numerous research support services – Evidence Synthesis, GIS, and Data Management.
Our virtual exhibits are a great way to explore important topics in science and history – you can learn a little more about the Library’s outstanding special collections while also getting to know the important work that Cornell faculty and students are doing in a wide variety of fields. On our events page, you can also find a listing 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 planned 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 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,
Sara E. Wright
Director, A.R. Mann Library & Science Cluster Libraries
Ithaca, New York 14853 USA