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Lobby/Contactless Pickup: Open 24 Hours

Warm Wishes for the Winter Break!

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter break! This is a reminder for our patrons that Mann Library hours will be slightly different over the next few weeks, so be sure to plan accordingly!

  • We will close at 5pm on Friday, December 22.
  • Mann Library will be closed from Saturday, December 23 – Monday, January 1. We will reopen at 8am on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.
  • Please note that our 24/7 spaces and our contactless pickup area will also be closed during this time period, so remember to pick up your requested items before 5pm on Friday, 12/22!

When we reopen on January 2, we will have adjusted hours for the winter intersession:

  • Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
  • CLOSED Saturday and Sunday
  • We will also be closed on Monday, January 15, 2024 for the MLK Jr. holiday

Our regular semester hours will resume on the first day of classes for the spring semester, Monday, January 22, 2024. You can find the schedule of Cornell University staff holidays on the Human Resources website, and the Cornell academic calendar on the University Registrar website. The full listing of Mann Library hours can be found on our hours page.


Wishing you all a peaceful and relaxing winter break! We look forward to greeting you in the new year 🙂

Van Tienhoven Travel Award promotes professional growth & development for Mann staff

On Wednesday, November 29, Mann Library staff gathered with members of the van Tienhoven family for an award ceremony made possible through the generosity of the Ans van Tienhoven Memorial Fund. The travel award, founded by Ari and Ans Van Tienhoven 36 years ago and steadfastly enriched by their friends and family over these many years, provides opportunities for professional growth and development for Mann Library staff and librarians. At this year’s ceremony, Carson Williams, Collection Development Librarian and winner of last year’s travel award, presented a report on his trip to the New Mexico State Library’s Tribal Libraries Program. This award enabled Carson to learn about the success of the New Mexico State Library’s efforts in supporting and promoting libraries on tribal reservations, and insights gained have been invaluable for informing Carson’s own work in developing inclusive, accessible collections at Mann Library and the Cornell Library system overall.


The ceremony was also an opportunity to celebrate the winners of next year’s awards and hear about their proposals in more detail. Mann librarians Diana Hackett and Robin Gee received one of the two grants supported by the van Tienhoven Fund. The award will enable them to attend the 2024 Workshop for Instruction in Library Use being held at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, an institution known for its ground-breaking work in critical and indigenous information literacy. While there, Diana and Robin plan to glean insights and strategies for building the capacity of Mann’s own instruction program for connecting with a diverse student body, increasing students’ confidence in proactive use of library services, and building skills in finding, assessing, and using reliable sources of information.


The second professional development grant made possible by the van Tienhoven Fund has been awarded to multimedia support specialist Ten Van Winkle. Ten will use the award to participate in the 2024 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries & Archives (IDEAL) Conference taking place in Toronto this coming July. Organized around the theme of “Sustainable Resistance and Restoration in Global Communities,” the conference will give Ten the opportunity to explore innovations, strategies and perspectives that will help them take a proactive lead in envisioning, advocating, and realizing inclusive practice in library services in a thoughtful and long-lasting way.


Mann Library thanks the family and friends of Ari and Ans van Tienhoven for their continued support, which has been fundamental to the success of our dedicated staff as we continue to develop inclusive, responsive services and resources for the Cornell community and beyond.

Photograph of Mann Library staff and librarians with members of the van Tienhoven family
This year's and next year's award winners with members of the van Tienhoven family
Photograph of Carson Williams giving a presentation on his travel report from last year's award
This year's award winner, Carson Williams, presents his travel report from New Mexico

End-of-Semester Stressbusters @ Mann Library/CALS Zone

It’s the homestretch of the semester, and Mann Library and the CALS Zone are partnering up to bring some much needed stressbusters programming to the Ag Quad. Stop by for some treats, some canine cuddles, or get crafty with zine-making and hand-stamping. Feeling competitive? Check out our Geoguessr Jam, co-hosted with the Mapping Society at Cornell. And keep an eye out for free coffee, treats, and healthy snacks in the CALS Zone & at the Mann Help Desk throughout study week!


Canine Cuddles with Cornell Guiding Eyes dogs

Tuesday, December 5, 12-1pm

CALS Zone (Mann 112)

Come meet some furry friends and enjoy canine cuddles with some of the cutest study buddies around!


Zine-making Workshop

Wednesday, December 6, 2:30 – 3:30pm

Mann 102

Take a break from studying to de-stress, get crafty, and learn about zine-making. Materials will be supplied, so just bring your creativity and we’ll take care of the rest!


Geoguessr Jam w/ the Mapping Society at Cornell

Thursday, December 7, 4-5pm

CALS Zone (Mann 112)

Join the Mapping Society at Cornell for some fast-paced rounds of team Geoguessr! From the Alps to Australian Outback, refine your geography skills and learn how to locate yourself on Earth within seconds. Bring your own laptop.


Hand-stamping t-shirts & bandanas

Tuesday, December 12, 4-5pm

CALS Zone (Mann 112)

Take a break from your books and computers with Mann’s hand-stamping stressbuster! Materials provided for creating hand-stamped bandanas or t-shirts (or give your old clothes some pizzaz with new design features!). 


Late-Night Hours

Mann Library has extended hours during study week and finals. From Tuesday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 13, Mann Library will have the following hours:

  • Monday – Thursday 8am to midnight
  • Friday 8am to 8pm
  • Saturday 11am to 8pm
  • Sunday Noon to midnight

Night owls – don’t forget that the lobby, Stone Classroom (Mann 103), and the CALS Zone (Mann 112) are 24/7 study spaces! So even after the library closes, you still have a variety of spaces to choose from if you’re studying into the wee hours.


See our full hours online: You can find the hours for the Mann Café, or order online, via the Cornell Dining website.

Library Hours – Thanksgiving Break

Mann Library will have adjusted hours for the Thanksgiving Break. We will close early on Wednesday, November 22 and will remain closed until we reopen on Sunday, November 26. We will resume our regular operating hours on Monday, November 27.


In summary, our hours during the holiday break will be:

  • Wednesday, November 22 – 8am to 5pm
  • Thursday, November 23 – CLOSED
  • Friday, November 24 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 25 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, November 26 – 12 to 6pm

You can find our full hours for the remainder of the semester on our hours page. However you are choosing to spend the long weekend, your friends at Mann Library wish you a restful and restorative break!

GIS Day @ Mann Library

For GIS Day 2023, the Cornell community and Ithaca area public are cordially invited to drop by Mann Library on November 15 for a multi-media celebration of maps both old and new, the technologies that create them, and the worlds they help us see and understand. GIS @ Mann Library will feature:

Please join us for any or all of the day’s events. All are free and open to the Cornell campus community and Ithaca area public. For questions for further info:


This celebration is made possible by the Bondareff Family Fund for Mann Library.

Exhibit Opening: Then & There, Here & Now

Maps play a key role in our lives, whether they’re helping us navigate our daily commute or giving us a broader perspective on the world we live in. However, there’s much more to maps than the data they contain. Maps tell stories, both by design and by coincidence, revealing changes in our environment and our culture. “Then & There, Here & Now: The Stories Maps Tell” presents a selection of vintage and modern maps, which together illustrate the power and impact of this visual medium, as well as the ongoing story of mapmaking as both a form of art and a scientific endeavor. This exhibit invites visitors to consider the ways in which maps have influenced our understanding of the world, as well as how we might play our own roles in shaping the future of cartography.


In conjunction with this new Mann Library lobby exhibit, the Cornell University campus community and Ithaca area public are cordially invited to drop by Mann Library on Wednesday, November 15 between 10am and 3pm for a celebration of Geography Awareness Week and National GIS Day 2023. For the schedule of planned activities, visit

Collections news: JoVE Videos now available!

Thanks to a recent one-time funding opportunity, Cornell University Library has unlimited access to the more than 17,000 videos in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) for the next 2 years. JoVE is an online, peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes videos demonstrating experiments in the fields of biology, chemistry, medicine, engineering, physics, and other science disciplines. The videos provide a visual and detailed representation of experimental procedures, making it easier for researchers to learn and replicate complex experiments.


The “visualized” aspect of JOVE are the experiments demonstrated through videos. Students and researchers can see how experiments are performed, which is valuable for techniques that are difficult to explain through text or diagrams.


More information, including how to upload videos to Canvas, is available at this link:

Open Access Week 2023

International Open Access Week 2023 is October 23-29. This year’s theme, “Community over Commercialization”, encourages conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community. OA Week is an invaluable chance to connect the global momentum toward open sharing with the advancement of policy changes on the local level. Universities, colleges, research institutes, funding agencies, libraries, and think tanks have used Open Access Week as a platform to host faculty votes on campus open-access policies, to issue reports on the societal and economic benefits of Open Access, to commit new funds in support of open-access publication, and more. 


Cornell University Library is hosting events all week on Zoom. Please click on the links below for more information:


Variations on a Theme: Alternatives to Article Processing Charges (APCs)

Monday, 10/23, 1 to 2pm

mong commercial publishers, Article Processing Charges (APCs) cover publishing costs and make it possible for articles to be published as Open Access (OA). But what other options exist, particularly when APCs can reach up to $11,000 per article? Other options do exist, such as Diamond OA, where all costs are borne by the publisher and the author is not required to pay any APCs; Subscribe to Open, where no payment is associated with an article, but instead publishers receive enough funding to cover their costs and then make all content freely available; and financial support from beyond the library for Read & Publish deals, which can (sometimes) save money for high-output departments that would otherwise need to fund numerous APCs.


30 Years In, ∞ To Go: arXiv’s Role in Today’s Open Access Ecosystem

Tuesday, 10/24, 1 to 2pm

“Open, above all” has been arXiv’s calling card for more than 30 years. We are a preprint repository for scientific research, completely open and free to everyone. In 1991, arXiv was a pioneer of open access, reinventing science communications by providing an open, reliable platform which enabled researchers to share their research with their peers quickly, before publication. While that continues to be our focus today, the ecosystem in which we operate has changed over the years, and arXiv has learned to adapt with it.


Open Access Books in the Fight Against Climate Change

Wednesday, 10/25, 1 to 2pm

Learn how open access (OA) books can be powerful and effective tools to help combat climate change. Global problems require global solutions, and with OA books being accessible worldwide for free, they have the ability to break down geographical barriers and allow people from all walks of life to access crucial information. Learn about OA books’ advantages to print books, some surprising data on where OA climate change books are being used domestically and abroad, and hear recommendations on what you can do to help stem the climate crisis.


Data-Sharing Requirements: How the Library Can Help

Thursday, 10/26, 1 to 2pm

Confused about the recent Nelson Memo or the National Institute of Health’s new data-sharing requirements for funded research? Want to explore options for open-access data repositories?  Complying with the ever-evolving open scholarship system can be challenging–but Cornell University Library is here to help! Join our panelists as they review the national data-sharing landscape, explain how the library’s data curation service provides support for funder requirements, and demonstrate how the library’s institutional repository is a solution for compliance.


Cornell’s Open Choice: Seizing Control of Your Research and Changing the System

Friday, 10/27, 1 to 2pm

Cornell faculty, students, and researchers publish a tremendous quantity of renowned research every year, and yet most authors have little control over who gets to learn and benefit from their work. In this session, we will share some of the financial realities of scholarly publishing, tactics everyone can use to maintain control of their work, and discuss ideas from peer institutions that may inspire Cornell to change the way our research output is disseminated.


To see the full line-up of events at Cornell, and for Zoom information, visit our Guide to Open Access Week 2023:

New Workshop Offering! An Introduction to Evidence Synthesis

Are you interested in working on a systematic review, scoping review, or meta-analysis but don’t know where to start? Have you wondered about the differences between literature reviews and systematic reviews–and wondered which one is right for you? Join us on Friday, October 20, from 12-1pm, for our newest workshop offering, “Systematic Reviews, Scoping Reviews, and More! An Introduction to Evidence Synthesis”. In this workshop, participants will receive an overview of evidence synthesis and to learn how the library can help at every stage of the process! Register at and you will be sent the Zoom link.


Can’t make the workshop? You can learn more about evidence synthesis, the different methodologies available, and the steps involved in the process by reviewing our Guide to Evidence Synthesis. For more information on the types of support offered by the library or to schedule a consultation, visit our Evidence Synthesis Service webpage.

Science Journal Editors Give Advice!

Science Journal Editors Give Advice!

A Zoom panel discussion with science editors and authors in medicine, veterinary medicine, and engineering

Tuesday, October 10, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Preregister at (the preregistration form includes the opportunity to submit in advance questions that you may have for the panel.)


Are you getting ready to publish your research? Wondering how to maximize your chances of getting your paper accepted? Learn from the experts on publishing your work in journals. What are some common author mistakes? Where do you send a paper next if one is rejected? Join us to find out and bring your questions with you.


Our panelists include:

  • Dr. Lisa Fortier, DVM, PhD, DACVS: Editor-in-Chief of Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Journal of Veterinary Research, and James Law Professor of Large Animal Surgery in Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Emmanuel Giannelis, PhD: Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of Engineering Innovations on Medicine Initiative
  • Dr. Andrea Lodi, PhD: Co-Editor for Mathematical Programming, an Area Editor for INFORMS Journal on Computing, Editor in several other prestigious journals, and Andrew H. and Ann R. Tisch Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and the Technion
  • Dr. Joseph Safdieh, MD FAAN: Editor in Chief of Neurology Today, Gertrude Feil Associate Dean of Curricular Affairs, Vice Chair of Education, and Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College

While the anticipated audience is graduate students in the sciences from across Cornell, interested faculty, clinicians, staff, professional students, and undergraduates are also welcome!