Research & Instruction Services Overview

Reading Room
President Skorton views the Speaking of Sex exhibition with curator Brenda Marston and Director Anne Sauer.

Located on level 2B of the Carl A. Kroch Library on the central Cornell campus, the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is open to the public—to students, faculty, visiting researchers and members of the community. Our collections page highlights our major holdings.

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We normally respond to questions about the current availability of materials by the next business day and answer other questions about our collections within two weeks. If you need someone to look through a collection for you, we will provide a list of independent researchers you could choose to hire to help you.

Balancing access and long-term preservation. Anyone may come see materials held by Cornell’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (hours are listed to the left). However, because the collections are old, scarce, and often fragile, they are stored in secure, environmentally controlled vaults and are used only in our secure spaces. Library staff members retrieve items upon request. Patrons must handle items with appropriate care and must respect any stated restrictions. Some materials require an advance appointment.

If you are planning a research visit, we recommend requesting the material two weeks prior. To start, go to Register & Request Items and follow the directions. For more information, please consult the links to the left, including information for visitors.

For questions concerning access to Cornell University building plans and drawings, please see Facilities and Campus Services - Archiving Services.