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Cornell University Library for Staff: Books

This is quick guide to the library's resources and services available to all Cornell staff.

Subject vs Keyword

subject words = less hits & better 

keywords = more hits & sometimes worse

A keyword means find the word anywhere--title, author, notes, description, publisher, etc.

Requesting Books from Elsewhere

For BOOKS already checked out, or that Cornell doesn't have:

Borrow Direct
Books arrive in 3-4 business days.

For items (books, articles, microfilm) Cornell doesn't have:

Interlibrary Loan Services
Items can arrive in as little as a few days to a couple of weeks.

For items at another campus library or the Library Annex, use the "Request" button in the Library Catalog and choose Library to Library Delivery.

New Library Home & Catalog

The library homepage search box searches all library systems--the catalog, articles, and library websites.


The catalog contains all of the holdings of all Cornell University libraries including records for books, ebooks, DVD's/videos, sound recordings, magazines/newspapers/journals, online journals/newspapers, computer files, government documents, manuscripts and archives, maps, musical scores, and more. Everything but articles!


The advanced search allows for more precision. The drop down menu to the right of the search box allows you to search by Author, Title, Keyword, or Subject, or combinations:

Refine a search with the facets on the left.   

To search the holdings of libraries beyond Cornell click on Results at “libraries worldwide” (Worldcat Local) on the left of the results page.


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