How to Find a Book in the Olin Stacks

Call Numbers

Image: book shelves at the Fine Arts LibraryThe Cornell University Library uses the Library of Congress classification system.

Subject Browse

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

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

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Catalog Record

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How to Use Search Terms

Witchcraft in Benevento, Italy

Image: A scene of witchcraft under a tree [detail].1848, drawing by Antonio Masutti. British Museum Collection, held in the Cambridge University Library.A scene of witchcraft under a tree [detail]. 1848, drawing by Antonio Masutti. British Museum Collection, held in the Cambridge University Library.

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).