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Library Research at Cornell: Find
Books

A stepwise guide to efficient research using the Cornell University Library. Click on the BLUE TABS below to access each section.

Resources for Finding Books and More

Search the Cornell Library Catalog to find the locations and call numbers of millions of Cornell books (as well as lots of video, audio, microforms, maps, serials, and manuscripts).

Library of Congress Call Numbers

We use Library of Congress call numbers to shelve our books and bound periodicals. For a brief introduction, ask at reference for our Library of Congress Classification handout or see this web site: Library of Congress Classification Outline.

To find books outside Cornell, use BorrowDirect or OCLC WorldCat.

BorrowDirect is the combined online catalogs of the eight Ivy libraries plus MIT, Chicago, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins. Bonus: you can order the book you want directly from BorrowDirect (provided it is not available to borrow at Cornell). Your book will be delivered to the library you choose at Cornell in four business days or less. Check at a reference desk for further information and assistance.

OCLC WorldCat is the combined online catalogs of tens of thousands of libraries around the world. You can request books in WorldCat that are not available through either Cornell or BorrowDirect by using our free interlibrary loan service.

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