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A veterinary student tries out the self-checkout kiosk at the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library.

Self-checkout launched at library

Jose Beduya
September 18, 2023

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 …

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Library gets grant to raise algorithmic literacy

Jose Beduya
September 11, 2023

Cornell University Library has been awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) to support a project aimed at creating open …

Woman viewing computer screen at Olin Library

Library expands video streaming resources

Jose Beduya
August 15, 2023

With nearly 100,000 newly added videos that Cornell students, faculty, and staff can stream directly on their devices, Cornell University Library has recently expanded visual …

Ben Ortiz stands next to a table where different hip-hop artifacts are strewn.

Display celebrates the 50th anniversary of hip-hop 

Jose Beduya
August 8, 2023

Spinning records in the early 1970s, Clive Campbell – popularly known as DJ Kool Herc – noticed a pattern: Dancers would always wait for the …

A picture of music student Thomas Feng and Hanna Kebbede sitting on the ground of the Debre Genet Ethiopian Orthodox church in Jerusalem.

Music student helps expand Ethiopian nun’s musical legacy

Jose Beduya
July 11, 2023

An enigmatic figure revered for her otherworldly music, Emahoy Tsege-Mariam Gebru gained a global cult following with the release of her piano album in 2006. …

From L - R: Nik Martin '25, Denise Green (associate professor of human centered design in the College of Human Ecology), and Green's advisee Dyese Matthews (doctoral candidate in garment design) admire the caftan owned by Andre Leon Talley and designed by Patience Torlowei in the Cornell Textile Collections. This caftan was designed by Nigerian designer Patience Torlowei and worn/owned by Andre Leon Talley. It was acquired by the Cornell Textile Collections, with assistance from the University's Rare and Manuscript Collections, in 2023.

Historic caftan augments a diverse fashion collection

Susan Kelley
June 14, 2023

In late January, Professor Denise Green and her colleague Catherine Blumenkamp received an email with remarkable news. The auction house Christie’s would be selling off …

Sally Field and Crystal Sutton

Exhibit celebrates union icon, power of collective

Amira Shimin ’25
May 12, 2023

A new exhibit tells the story of a North Carolina cotton mill worker and her pivotal role in sparking a labor-management standoff that inspired a …

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Cambridge UP: No charge for Cornell authors to publish Open Access

Peter McCracken
April 28, 2023

Faculty seeking to publish Open Access articles in Cambridge University Press’s 400+ journals can now do so without charge, thanks to an agreement between Cambridge …

Shakespeare's First Folio

Library celebrates 400th year of Shakespeare folio

Jose Beduya
April 18, 2023

A world without Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Tempest or Julius Caesar? Half of William Shakespeare’s dramatic works – including these four – would have been …

A quilted portrait of Toni Morrison

Art and community: Africana Library exhibits quilts

Jose Beduya
April 17, 2023

Cornell University Library has launched a new exhibit that celebrates the African American tradition of quilt making as expressions of artistry, history and community. The …

A view of shelves of the A. D. White Library at Cornell University

New library acquisitions advance academic distinction, diverse scholarship

Jose Beduya
April 5, 2023

Cornell University Library recently allocated an additional $1 million to boost its $18 million collections budget for 2023 to acquire more books, journals, and other …

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In letter to White House, libraries push for open access

March 3, 2023

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation (IPLC), comprised of thirteen libraries including Cornell University Library, sent an open letter to the White House Office of Science …

Elevator doors at Mann Library and Olin Library

Your art, our elevators!

February 16, 2023

Going up? Artistic Cornell students, take your creativity to the next level by entering our elevator art contest! Cornell University Library is calling for submissions …

Library-lending partnership gets a reboot

Jose Beduya
December 13, 2022

Since its beginnings in 1999, the reciprocal-lending service among Ivy Plus libraries known as BorrowDirect has grown into an interlibrary collection that’s 90-million-volumes strong. On …

Fictional civilization leaves behind lasting legacy

David Nutt
December 7, 2022

Norman Daly spent years chronicling the lost Iron Age civilization of Llhuros – its relics, its rituals, its poetry, its music – as well as …

Library exhibit explores fraught history of textile industry

Jose Beduya
October 24, 2022

“Marguerite, a former slave,” is all that’s known of the striking image of a woman in a green dress in Cornell University Library’s Loewentheil Collection …

McGraw Tower reflected on one of Olin Library's windows

Library events highlight open access research

Jose Beduya
October 17, 2022

In celebration of the international Open Access Week, Cornell University Library is holding a series of panel discussions and talks, Oct. 24–28, to promote freely …

Student receives Kheel Center research award

Jose Beduya
October 4, 2022

Workers’ issues were always close to home for Yu An Chen’22, the latest recipient of the Kheel Center’s Undergraduate Research Award for outstanding scholarship using …

Book: Policymakers are failing ‘climate refugees’

Dave Nutt
September 28, 2022

Natural disasters may be impossible to prevent, but much of the devastation that occurs in their aftermath – specifically the forced displacement of people – …

Talk to describe conserving centuries-old Chinese encyclopedia

Jose Beduya
September 22, 2022

Famous for building the architectural marvel of Beijing’s Forbidden City in the early-15th century, the emperor Zhu Di (known by his imperial name of Yongle) …

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