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Request an Appointment in Our Reading Room

Beginning July 1, we are pleased to welcome Cornell students, faculty, and staff and non-Cornell visitors to use the reading room by appointment.

We offer appointments in three-hour blocks of 10-1 and 1-4, Monday through Friday. You are welcome to reserve one block or a full day, or multiple blocks throughout a week.  Priority for appointments is given to Cornell affiliates. Due to reduced capacity in the reading room, we recommend contacting us at least a week in advance of your desired visit to make an appointment.

To make an appointment email us with the following information:

  • Please indicate if you are a visitor from outside Cornell University. If you are affiliated with Cornell, please indicate status: student, faculty, or staff member.
  • Your first and second choice of date and time. Out-of-town researchers, please let us know how long you plan to be here.
  • The collections you plan to use.

Note that many collections are not stored onsite and require at least two business days to arrive.

A staff member from RMC will be in contact once your request is received, and if needed will set up a consultation to discuss your project. Please do not make travel plans until you have received written confirmation of your appointment time and date.

See the  Cornell University Library Services page for the latest information regarding visitor policies.