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The Digital CoLab: Elevating skills, building community 

Jose Beduya
May 14, 2024

Home to Cornell University Library’s Digital Scholarship Services, the Digital CoLab on the 7th floor of Olin Library stimulates innovation in research and teaching while …

Bestselling children’s author weaves tales of wonder

Beth Saulnier
April 10, 2024

Awhile back, bestselling children’s author and longtime NYC dweller Michelle Knudsen ’95 was staying at a friend’s house upstate while she was between apartments. To her horror, …

Why democracy needs libraries

Elaine L. Westbrooks
May 3, 2024

With censorship on the rise, the University Librarian weighs in on the critical role these institutions play in civic and educational life: Democracy is not …

Library celebrates right to read, April 26  

Jose Beduya
April 22, 2024

As part of Cornell’s “Freedom of Expression” theme year, Cornell University Library is holding events throughout the day April 26 to promote diversity of thought and …

New book gives insider’s view of cosmic search for life

Linda B. Glaser
April 18, 2024

Whether life exists anywhere besides Earth is a burning question that, at long last, may soon be answered.  The clues we find on exoplanets could …

Talk by Italian author on his writing and his papers donated to the library, March 26

March 21, 2024

When internationally renowned Italian novelist and journalist Alain Elkann gave his papers to Cornell University Library in January, he opened up a trove of materials …

From omen to breakthrough: Library exhibit explores eclipses

Jose Beduya
March 18, 2024

As excitement builds for the solar eclipse on April 8, a Cornell University Library exhibit examines this astronomical phenomenon through the lens of history and …

Cornell's McGraw Tower under construction

McGraw Tower restoration preserves the past, ensures the future

Holly Hartigan
March 7, 2024

In 1891, the University Library, with its 173-foot clock tower, was the newest building on the Arts Quad. Cows grazed on Libe Slope as 1,538 …

A drawing of a butterfly by Vladimir Nabokov

Events celebrate Nabokov as butterfly scientist

Jose Beduya and Kathy Hovis
March 1, 2024

A giant of 20th century literature known for such novels as Lolita and Pale Fire, Russian émigré and former Cornell professor Vladimir Nabokov was also …

Students at the Cornell Insect Collection

Class explores Nabokov as writer and ‘butterfly man’

Kathy Hovis
December 14, 2023

Here’s how the well-known story goes: Vladimir Nabokov, professor of literature and soon-to-be-famous novelist, meets with a Cornell student who considers himself a budding writer. …

Plate glass negative (made positive) of Filipino family during the U.S. occupation of the Philippines, circa 1900

Digitized images illuminate U.S. colonial period in the Philippines

Jose Beduya
Dec. 21, 2023

A scientific explorer for the United States Department of Agriculture, Gerow D. Brill (Class of 1888) traveled across the Philippines in 1902 and photographed placid …

Architectural rendering of renovated Olin Library space

Services to continue during Olin Library renovations

Jose Beduya
December 1, 2023

By 2025, a major renovation is set to transform the iconic 62-year-old Olin Library into a “crossroads of learning and discovery on the Arts Quad,” …

Image of two hands mending a small tear in a Persian manuscript of medical illustrations from 1661.

The Conservation Lab: Preserving the future of research and discovery

Jose Beduya
September 17, 2023

In the past few months, Cornell University Library’s Conservation team has been drawing crowds. They prepared archival materials for a major exhibit celebrating the life …

Students at the Triangle Fire commemoration

Remembering the Triangle

Mary Catt
Nov. 9, 2023

Steps from where dozens of young immigrant Jewish and Italian women leaped to their deaths when a fire erupted in the locked sweatshop where they …

A student holding military veteran memorabilia

Cornell’s military veterans share their histories

Holly Hartigan
Nov. 8. 2023

All of Cornell’s military veterans have stories to tell, but no two are exactly alike. Christopher Mahn ’24, a Navy veteran, has been exploring those …

Poster for DJ event

Hip-hop DJs share stories and history, Nov. 10 and 11

Jose Beduya
Nov. 6, 2023

Nov. 10 and 11, the Cornell Hip Hop Collection is hosting roundtable discussions with internationally renowned DJs as part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of …

An image of people at an exhibit reception at the Mann Library Gallery

Science illustrators show beauty of symbiosis

Sept. 12, 2023

A new exhibit featuring works by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Finger Lakes Chapter opened in the Mann Library Gallery on Sept. 4, with …

Book on table

Library publishes catalog on Jewish fables

October 17, 2023

In September 2023, Cornell University Library published the catalog Fables in Jewish Culture: The Jon A. Lindseth Collection, a comprehensive guide to the nearly 400 …

Annemarie Roelofs and Lindsay Cooper performing

Digitization program calls for proposals

Jose Beduya
September 21, 2023

Attention, Cornell faculty and post-A graduate students! Cornell University Library’s Grants Program for Digital Collections seeks proposals to identify and create digitized source materials that will …

Dr. Joyce Brothers on the set of

Talk, exhibit celebrate ‘mother of media psychology’

Jose Beduya
September 18, 2023

For five decades, American psychologist and media personality Joyce Brothers ’47 brought mental health issues into the public eye with charisma and lighthearted humor. Popularly …

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