The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is open to reading room appointments for the Cornell community and visitors (see details).

We also provide a variety of classroom experiences to enable students to interact with primary source materials. Please contact us with your instruction needs.


Types of Instruction Available

To introduce visitors to Cornell University’s rare books, manuscripts, archives, photographs, and other original artifacts, we offer the following types of instruction:

  • exhibition tours
  • lectures
  • seminar presentations
  • hands-on workshop

Instruction Facilities

Two classrooms devoted to teaching with rare materials are located on Level 2B of the Carl A. Kroch Library on the central Cornell campus which is accessible via Olin Library. Classrooms can accommodate presentations for groups of 10 to 40 people.

Instruction Request Form

We welcome class visits! To inquire about bringing your class or group, please  contact us.


Information for Cornell Instructors

Working in collaboration with faculty and instructors, we offer course-related instruction for students at all levels, from First-Year Writing seminars to upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses, with presentations based on original materials covering a wide range of topics. We also assist with the design of classroom visits and research assignments. Sessions are tailored to the subject matter of each course and to the specific needs of each group.

We encourage instructors to contact us so that we can help integrate the teaching of library research strategies into learning outcomes and course syllabi.

Contact Us

RMC Lobby

Please feel free to contact us with your questions! The best way to reach us is through e-mail at rareref@cornell.edu


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