Please check hours until our regular schedule returns on February 7th. Visiting researchers are permitted in CUL special collections by appointment only.
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RMC is currently open to all members of the Cornell community with active Cornell ID for reading room appointments scheduled online. The RMC reading room is not currently open to researchers from outside the Cornell community. Our exhibition gallery is currently closed and will re-open on February 11, 2022 (see hours).

Please contact us with research and instructional support questions. We invite you to explore our digital collections and online exhibitions as well.

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

Visions of Dante
Visions of Dante

Available online.

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

Available online.

Latitude: Persuasive Maps exhibition
Latitude: Persuasive Cartography

Available online.

You may also view over 50 other online exhibitions.