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Self-checkout launched at library

Jose Beduya, Cornell University Library


Among several ways patrons can check out books and other materials from Cornell University Library, a new service offers another convenient option: letting them do it on their own, with the Cornell Self-Checkout kiosk and separate app.


The Cornell Self-Checkout app for smartphone or tablet—free to download for Apple or Android devices—along with kiosks at several library locations empower patrons to “choose their own adventure,” said Tobi Hines, head of operations and outreach for Mann Library.


“Our hope for this service is that it becomes yet another option in what I like to think of as our suite of options for library users to customize the library experience that they want to have on any particular day,” Hines said, referring to different ways of requesting library materials, including contactless pickup and deliveries to preferred library locations on campus.


A pilot project, Cornell Self-Checkout is currently only available in the following Cornell University Library locations:

  • Catherwood Library
  • Clarke Africana Library
  • Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library
  • Kroch Asia Collections
  • Law Library
  • Mann Library
  • Mathematics Library
  • Olin Library
  • Uris Library

A Cornell Self-Checkout kiosk is located in an easy-to-access spot in each of these libraries—with the exception of Catherwood Library, which only uses the app.


Alternatively, the Cornell Self-Checkout app enables patrons to scan and check out their books from any area within the library spaces listed above. (The app will not work in libraries not part of the pilot, namely Adelson Library, the Music Library, and the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library.)


“Somebody could take a book to our upstairs reading area, and if they want to go out of the library to the atrium on that floor, they can check the book out with the app instead of having to walk back downstairs to the circulation desk,” said Chris Dunham, access services and administrative manager for the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library.


“I think we’re meeting users where they are and letting them choose how they want to interact with the library and access our collections,” Hines said. “We’re all very familiar with this concept of self-checkout, and it’s exciting to be able to bring this to the Cornell community as well.”

Exhibit Opening: The Art of Symbiosis

The Art of Symbiosis: A Showcase from the Build of Natural Science Illustrators, Finger Lakes Chapter


The natural world has evolved over billions of years by developing extraordinary relationships between different species and populations. These symbiotic relationships, both cooperative and destructive, demonstrate the importance of long-term partnerships for a healthy ecosystem. From mysterious microscopic organisms to amazing plant life, insects, and large mammals including humans, many species’ survival is interdependent on one another. A new exhibit featuring works by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators – Finger Lakes Chapter opens in the Mann Library Gallery on September 4. The exhibition brings art and science together to help us understand the importance of interconnectivity and how better-informed decisions will help address the challenges of biodiversity loss, food insecurity and environmental conservation.


A reception in the Mann Gallery will celebrate the exhibit’s opening on Tuesday, September 12, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. All are welcome.

Fall 2023 Workshops @ Mann Library

Feeling a little lost? Library workshops can help you find your way! Our fall workshops will help you gain valuable research skills and set you on the right path for the semester. In addition to the live workshops listed below, we also have a wide selection of pre-recorded workshops – including citation management software and research data management options – listed on our Workshops page

Introduction to Bloomberg

This is one of the best financial databases available and is widely used by finance and investment professionals.  From company information to analyst advice, to mergers and acquisitions, few resources have either the range or depth of information of Bloomberg. Give yourself an edge in the job search by learning to use this powerful and sophisticated research tool.

Introduction to Market Research

Understanding the consumer is essential for any successful business. Market research encompasses several aspects critical to understanding the consumer, ranging from their demographic make-up to their attitudes and behavior regarding a product or service. This workshop will introduce attendees to the basics of market research, highlighting key concepts that dictate what information is available, and exposing attendees to Cornell’s top resources for discovering this information.

Introduction to Workspace

Refinitiv, a major financial research and data company, has recently combined many of their research platforms (including Eikon, SDC, and Datastream) into a single, all-encompassing platform called Workspace. Come learn how to use this powerful new research tool!

Intro to QGIS

This workshop will cover basic tasks using QGIS: loading data, changing the styles used to display the data on a map, installing plugins, using processing tools to do basic analysis, and exporting a finished map image.

Systematic Reviews, Scoping Reviews, and More! 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 for this workshop to get an overview of evidence synthesis and to learn how the library can help you at every stage of the process!

For the full listing of all Cornell University Library workshops, visit the Library Workshops calendar.y

Fall 2023 Chats in the Stacks

Be sure to mark your calendars for our fall semester book talks! This semester, our Chats in the Stacks will be held in-person in Mann Library 160 and livestreamed. You can find all recordings of our past Chats in the Stacks on our YouTube channel.


Thursday, September 14, 4pm

Mann Library, Room 160 and livestreamed

Making Camp: A Visual History of Camping’s Most Essential Items and Activities

Martin Hogue, associate professor of landscape architecture, will discuss his new book Making Camp: A Visual History of Camping’s Most Essential Items and Activities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2023), in which he traces the radical transformation of recreational camping from the late nineteenth-century wilderness camp to our contemporary campgrounds with dense rows of individually numbered campsites. Utilizing drawings, patents, diagrams, sketches, paintings, advertisements, and historical photographs, Hogue shares the individual histories of key components that define this familiar and often generic spatial setting: the campsite, the campfire, the picnic table, the campground map, the tent, and the sleeping bag, as well as water distribution and trash collection systems. Hogue also argues that it is the subtle interplay between these various components—some already in place upon arrival, others imported by each occupant—that helps ensure the illusion that campers retain some agency in making their own camp. 


Thursday, September 28, 4pm

Mann Library, Room 160 and livestreamed

In This Together: Connecting with Your Community to Combat the Climate Crisis

How can one person have a real impact on something as large as the climate crisis? In her new book In This Together: Connecting with Your Community to Combat the Climate Crisis (Cornell University Press, 2023) Marianne E. Krasny weaves together scholarly insights on behavioral and structural change with concrete examples of climate-forward initiatives to demonstrate practical ways individuals can connect with others to inspire hope and effect widespread change. Krasny, professor and director of graduate studies in natural resources and the environment, and director of the Cornell Civic Ecology Lab, will distill research on how to scale up individual climate actions–such as eating a plant-rich diet or advocating for climate policies–through Network Climate Action, or the leveraging of close-tie social networks that take climate action together. 


Thursday, October 19, 4pm

Mann Library, Room 160, and livestreamed

The Courage to Learn: Honoring the Complexity of Learning for Educators and Students

It takes openness and true bravery to be able to learn, according to Marcia Eames-Sheavly, senior extension associate and senior lecturer emerita in the School of Integrative Plant Science, Horticulture Section. Eames-Sheavly will discuss her new co-authored book The Courage to Learn: Honoring the Complexity of Learning for Educators and Students (Stylus Publishing, 2023). Eames-Sheavly will explore the work’s implications for educational practice, how to help find and nurture courage in learners, as well as ask the audience to engage in conversation around these fundamental questions: How do we learn? Why is it necessary? What motivates us? And, who is the self that learns?


Thursday, November 2, 4pm

Mann Library, Room 160 and livestreamed

Nature on the Doorstep: A Year of Letters

There is magic just outside your door, says Angela E. Douglas, Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor Emerita of Insect Physiology and Toxicology in the Department of Entomology. In her new book, Nature on the Doorstep: A Year of Letters (Cornell University Press, 2023), Douglas explores the many joys and curiosities of her own upstate New York yard, cultivated with nothing more advanced than “strategic neglect.” Douglas will share the simple pleasures of paying attention, and celebrate the important role even humble backyards can play in conservation efforts, and in our appreciation of the natural world. 

New Student Welcome Week @ Mann!

Library Orientation kicks off on Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15 with the Big Red Welcome Fest on Ho Plaza! Library staff from across campus will be there tabling and greeting new students (and their families) from 11am to 3pm each day.


Mann Library tours and welcome for new students will also be on Monday and Tuesday. Tours will depart at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. And you’ll find our welcome tent on the Tsujimoto Family Plaza, on the Ag Quad, from 12 to 2pm each day. Join us for snacks, helpful info, swag, and a fun fiber arts DIY activity!

Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15

Mann Library Tour

Depart from Mann Lobby; 30 mins

10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm

Why do our students tell us that Albert R. Mann Library is their home away from home? Come on our tour to find out! You’ll learn the top 10 things you need to know about Mann Library as an incoming student and get to explore one of the country’s best library collections in agriculture, life sciences, human ecology, and other related disciplines. And don’t miss our door prizes—they’ll be fun and have good info for you too! Families welcome. Tours run approximately 30 minutes and include a Q&A.


Mann Library Icebreaker & Fiber Arts DIY

Tsujimoto Family Plaza, Ag Quad

12 to 2pm

Get to know more about your library at the Mann Library Icebreaker on the Ag Quad! Join us at our tent on the Tsujimoto Family Plaza for some light refreshments, helpful info, and a fun DIY fiber arts activity. We’ll provide materials for creating hand-stamped bandanas (or bring your own clothes for a fun refresh). And if your own creations have you feeling inspired, be sure to check out our textile-themed exhibits, Threading the Needle: Weaving Traditions into Contemporary Textile Art (Mann Gallery, 2nd floor) and Sustaining Style: Towards Responsible Fashion (Mann lobby). Families welcome.


Wednesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 17

Mann Library Tour & Scavenger Hunt

Depart from Mann Lobby; 30 mins

2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Why do our students tell us that Albert R. Mann Library is their home away from home? Come on our tour to find out! You’ll learn the top 10 things you need to know about Mann Library as an incoming student and get to explore one of the country’s best library collections in agriculture, life sciences, human ecology, and other related disciplines. Use the insider knowledge you’ll gain on our tour to complete the scavenger hunt challenge and win some fun Mann Library swag!


For the full schedule of all library orientation events, including library tours, please visit our library orientation webpage. On this webpage, we’ve highlighted the resources and services we think you’ll find most useful, whether you’re a new or returning undergraduate, graduate student, or faculty member. Learn more about our collections, research services, teaching support, skill-building opportunities, and publishing services.

Fall 2023 Course Reserves at Mann Library

Attention faculty and instructors! Did you miss the August 7th deadline for course reserves? You’re not too late! If you want to provide your students access to library materials for the 2023 Fall semester, please submit your requests by Monday, August 14. 

  • Electronic resources, including textual and media materials, can be made available via your Canvas course
  • Physical materials will be available for self-service at Mann Library. Materials are for in-library use with overnight checkout possible within 2 hours of closing
  • If you are using required textbooks for undergraduates through the bookstore’s CAMP program, we can place those titles on Course Reserves for students who opt out of CAMP
  • If items you want to use are not placed on reserve early, then students as well as patrons of Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan will be able to borrow the holdings from our collection
  • If you choose to have departmental copies of books on reserve, we ask that you arrange to have the books taken back to your department at the end of the semester

We’ve made some changes for streaming media—you have a couple of options for submitting course reserves media requests:

  1. You can submit item requests via the Library Reserves section of your course’s Canvas page, making sure to specify that you need streaming access (where available), or
  2. You may send us a list or syllabus at, ideally including all of the following information:
    • Course number, including any cross-listed courses
    • Section number, if applicable to differentiate from other sections
    • SIS ID, which can be found in the Settings section of your course’s Canvas page
    • The date(s) when the material will be used in your course

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at It’s helpful to include the class number in correspondence. For streaming media questions, please contact

Summer Break Recommendations

We asked and you answered! During spring semester study week, we asked you to share your recommendations for books and podcasts to enjoy over summer break, and we got some excellent suggestions. No matter what genre you prefer, there’s a little something for everyone on these lists! Below is the full list of books and podcasts suggested by your fellow students, organized by category for easy browsing. If you’re in Ithaca this summer, swing by the library to check them out (or use Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan to obtain them from a partner library).


If you’re home for the summer, you can still enjoy access to the library! OverDrive allows current Cornell students, faculty, and staff to check out and download e-books and audiobooks. There are multiple options for accessing e-books and audiobooks via OverDrive:

  • Install the Libby app to download books to a computer, phone, or other device.
  • Read or listen online directly through your computer browser with OverDrive Read.
  • Use your Amazon account and either a Kindle device or app to download Kindle formats.

In addition to Cornell’s OverDrive offerings you can sign up for a Tompkins County Public Library Card to take advantage of their collection. New York State residents may also apply for a New York Public Library Card and/or a Brooklyn Public Library Card to access their OverDrive content as well as other online resources.


Enjoy your summer and happy reading/listening!

Book Recommendations

Cartoon of rainbow and clouds, with text: Swoon-worthy Romance
Cartoon image of cloud in starry sky, with text: Take me somewhere new
Cartoon image of cloud in starry sky, with text: I like pictures with my words

Podcast Recommendations

Cartoon image of cloud with rainbow, with text: Keep me informed
Cartoon image of cloud in starry sky, with text: Armchair Investigations

Reunion 2023 @ Mann Library

Welcome (back), Cornell alumni and families! We are excited for a great weekend on campus, and hope you’ll join us at the library for a variety of family-friendly programming. Enjoy self-guided tours of our spaces and exhibits; view a selection of treasures from our special collections vault; and learn how to make natural dyes with everyday materials you have at home. And if that isn’t enough, we are also hosting the inaugural reunion lecture with Elaine Westbrooks, the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, on why democracies need libraries.

Events – Saturday, June 10

Mann Library Open House

Cornell students have described Mann Library as the “the best place to discover 10 million new ideas,” and alumni on campus for Reunion 2023 are cordially invited to come learn why. Sun-dappled study corners, flexible hi-tech collaborative spaces, rich collections, rare book treasures, engaging exhibits that celebrate science and art, room to think and explore—you’ll find it all right here. Family friendly and interactive—join us!

10am – 2pm


Natural Dye Demo

Fiber artist Marcie Farwell, who also serves as the Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Textile Industry Curator at the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation, will present a special demonstration of techniques and materials used for coloring textiles with natural dyes. Please join us for a closer look at one of the ways fiber and textile craft can tick both boxes as expressive art and practical science, with positive implications for planet Earth to boot!

11:30am – 2pm, 2nd Floor


Inaugural Reunion Lecture with the University Librarian: “On This Rock: Why Democracies Need Libraries”

In a time of intense political polarization, libraries in every state are facing an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books. Yet the Pew Charitable Trust has documented that Americans have consistently put their trust in libraries more than other institutions. Carl A. Kroch University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks will discuss how research libraries promote and sustain democratic activities by highlighting the role Cornell’s librarians play in providing citizenship education, stewarding facts, and building pluralistic and diverse communities—activities that fundamentally make our democracy more secure and stable for future generations.

2 – 3pm, Stern Seminar Room (Mann 160)

Exhibits – ongoing

Threading the Needle: Weaving Tradition into Contemporary Textile Art

Using needle and thread, warp and weft, 28 artists explore the meaning and self-expression behind textile creation to envision a future of textiles and “slow fashion” that brings storytelling back into the conversation and our own relationship with the textiles in our lives.

Mann Library Gallery, 2nd Floor


Sustaining Style: Towards Responsible Fashion

Booming fast fashion has made stylish clothing more affordable than ever before, but costs to the environment have been high. “Sustaining Style” explores ideas and innovations being investigated here at Cornell University and beyond to realize a more sustainable way of producing and using the clothes we wear.

Mann Library Lobby, 1st Floor

Announcing our 2023 Elevator Art Contest Winners!

Cornell University Library’s annual Elevator Art Contest gives Cornell undergraduate, graduate, or professional school students the chance to showcase their creative talents. Our theme and prompt for the 2023 competition is “backstory,” which Merriam-Webster dictionary defines as “a story that tells what led up to the main story or plot (as of a film).” What backstory has defined your life, or what backstory reveals an important aspect of the world? Selected artwork is featured on the elevators in both Mann and Olin Libraries. Please read on to learn more about the winning Mann entries!

Image of artwork "Julie Baby" on Mann elevator

Akhil Kang ’25, College of Arts and Sciences

An anthropologist and a human rights lawyer by training, Akhil’s art practice imagines queer folks living uninhibited, free lives. They work mostly with charcoal, and mixed mediums including oil pastels, acrylic colors and torn pieces of fabric. They have been neglected, denied, violated, rejected because of them being a dalit, so in their art – they use their queerness to imagine a carefree dalit-queerness.


Julie Baby

“I was inspired by my two friends who tried to recreate their first date (which was in the city of Bangalore) on my home’s balcony in Delhi, India. This balcony date occurred a few weeks before the devastating second COVID wave in Delhi in 2021. Most public places had been ordered shut by the government, and my friends were meeting after more than a year of being apart. I held on to this moment throughout the monstrous second wave to remind myself that touch survives and thrives despite all the loss in the world around us. I stumbled upon my friends’ intimate moment and almost felt like I was part of their backstory, too: their story of love, of desire, of longing, and of touch. I mostly work with charcoal and mixed mediums, including soft pastels, watercolor pencils, and torn pieces of fabric. In this piece, I used charcoal and chikan fabric (a type of cloth famously made in the city of Lucknow in North India).”

Image of Converge artwork on Mann elevator

Charlotte Tysall ’26, College of Arts and Sciences

I’m studying Biological Sciences in the college of Arts and Sciences and I’m working on a minor in Fine Arts. As of right now, I’m planning on concentrating in ecology and evolutionary biology, and I’ll be doing research this summer here at Cornell in this field. I’ll be going into my second year in the fall. In my freshman year, I was involved in Cornell Running Club which has become one of my favorite parts of school. Mann Library is one of my favorite places to work because of the scientific illustrations and plants you can see everywhere.



“At Cornell, you can talk to anyone and realize immediately how different your backstories can be. We’re all from different places, with different interests and beliefs. We’ve been through different struggles, and yet we’ve all ended up here. I think it’s great how we’re all united through our ability to come together through shared desires to learn and work hard despite our diverse range of “backstories,” and I illustrated this idea by relating it to a concept I had learned in my biology class: convergent evolution. It’s what happens when organisms with entirely different ancestors, traits, environments, etc., are faced with similar selective pressures that causes them to evolve the same types of morphological structures. Just like how we as students and faculty of Cornell differ greatly in our backgrounds, the organisms in the piece have entirely different niches, yet they’ve all developed some form of wings so that they have the ability to fly. Placing these different-colored and different-looking species together (scaled to roughly the same size) was my way of showing how things can end up in the same place when they all work towards a similar goal, just like we do at Cornell.”


Congratulations, Cornell grads!

From all your friends at Mann Library, a hearty congratulations to the Cornell graduating class of 2023! We hope you have a wonderful time during the weekend’s festivities and have the chance to celebrate this incredible milestone with your friends and family.


A friendly reminder that Mann Library be closed over Memorial Weekend. We will close at 5pm on Friday, May 26 and will reopen on Tuesday, May 30 at 8am. You can find our full summer hours on our hours page.


If you need to return library books while we’re closed, please use our book drop in the breezeway between Mann Library and the Plant Sciences building. For more information on returning library materials, visit our Borrow, Return, Renew page.