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

Please see the Library's COVID-19 Service Updates for complete information.

We remain committed to assisting instructors with incorporating RMC material for online course instruction and to helping students locate digitized primary sources.Please contact us with your instruction needs.


We are here to support Cornell's shift to virtual instruction. The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections has digital images, collections, and online exhibitions on a wide variety of subjects that can used for primary source writing and research assignments.

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 60 people.

Instruction Request Form

For more information about RMC’s Virtual Instruction support during the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, 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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