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Effective 4:00pm, March 13, our reading room will be closed to research. Beginning Monday, March 16 we will move to providing virtual reference services only. Please contact us with research questions. See Cornell University’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates page for the latest information regarding visitor policies: https://www.cornell.edu/coronavirus/faq.cfm#visitors-section.

Welcome

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is Cornell’s principal repository of rare books, manuscripts and archival materials in history, literature, music, the arts, science, natural history, and technology.

Our collections include more than 500,000 printed volumes, more than 80 million manuscripts, and another million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media.  We offer research and instruction services to support courses and scholarship, and host exhibitions that feature our collections. To learn more, see About Us.

We welcome researchers and visitors from around the globe. Please see Information for Visitors to plan your visit.

Featured Collections:

Rare Books
Rare Books & Manuscripts
Human Sexuality Collection
Human Sexuality Collection
History of Science Collections
History of Science Collections
Cornell Hip Hop Collection
Cornell Hip Hop Collection
Cornell University Archives
Cornell University Archives
Fiske Icelandic Collection
Fiske Icelandic Collection

Current & Featured Exhibitions

Electrifying Music
Electrifying Music: The Life and Legacy of Robert Moog

On view March 6 to October 16, 2020, in the Hirshland Exhibition Gallery.

Latitude: Persuasive Maps exhibition
Latitude: Persuasive Cartography

Available online.

Cornell Begins - Cornell Commences Exhibition
Cornell Begins

Available online.

You may also view over 50 other online exhibitions.