Catalogs: Learn to search library catalogs effectively to locate books and other relevant materials

Sample Catalog Record

Image: sample catalog record for L.Kalba. Color in the age of Impressionism, with link to record

Subject Browse

Use the Subject Browse feature to discover books in the catalog.

Image: screen capture demonstrating subject browse menu choice in library catalog search

Here are some subject headings with links to subject browses that might help research on the photo to the right:

Street photography > France > Paris

Atget, Eugène, 1857-1927 > Criticism and interpretation

Paris (France) > Pictorial works > Exhibitions

France > Social life and customs > Exhibitions

Surrealism > Photography

Looking for books not held by Cornell

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You can use the default catalog, or try the WorldCat (part of OCLC FirstSearch) database. Select "WorldCat" from the database menu.

Image: screen capture of WordlCat search menu choice with launch link

Annex Requests

The Library Annex is our off-site storage location (it's on Palm Road, near the the Cornell Orchards). You can request to have those books and journals delivered to a library on campus. Deliveries are made mornings, Monday-Friday, usually about a day after you make the request. Here's how to request annex items:

  • Retrieve the catalog record of the item in question. Click on Request item. Unless you've already logged in, you'll be prompted for your netid and password.
  • Using the pull-down menu, choose "Book Delivery Services."
  • The Annex also has its own reading room. The address is Palm Road, off Route 366, and the hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The Annex has a parking lot with open parking.

What to do if it's not available

If the catalog record indicates that the material is "charged," it means that someone else has signed out the book. When you click on "request," the system figures out the fastest way to get it to you. If it's a recall, that takes about two weeks. Borrow Direct is the fastest delivery:

If we do not have a book in our holdings, or if the book you need is already checked out: Borrow Direct

Click on the link to connect to Borrow Direct, search for the book and if it's available from another Ivy League university (plus: Johns Hopkins, MIT, Duke, University of Chicago, & Stanford), we will have it shipped to Cornell. The borrowing period is for eight weeks, renewable once. Books arrive in 3-4 business days.

If we do not have an item that you need (any item -- journal article, DVD, dissertation, etc.): Interlibrary Loan Services

Use ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database) to request that we borrow materials from other libraries or have articles scanned for you. Loan period is usually one month. Items can arrive in as little as a few days (or even the next day, in the case of scans) to a couple of weeks (This service will not work for items that Cornell already owns, but are checked out by other borrowers).