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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

Paris street

Eugène Atget, Organ grinder, 1898–99. Matte albumen silver print from glass negative.Eugène Atget, Organ grinder, 1898–99. Matte albumen silver print from glass negative. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Looking for books not held by Cornell

Decorative bindings of Brontës' novels on shelf

Looking for books not held by Cornell? Try the WorldCat (part of OCLC FirstSearch) database.

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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).