Skip to main content

Orientation events at the Library

August & September 2012

The Library offers a variety of programs to show new students its wealth of resources and opportunities. No registration required!

Visit our Get Started site for a complete introduction to the Library, and check out our maps and hours.

New Students Only: Intro to Library Research
Do you really know how to do research? Save time and learn how to get the most out of your Library with a hands-on session about using databases, the library catalog, and print materials that aren’t online. Uris Library Classroom (gallery level). An hour and a half.

  • August 17 at 10:30 a.m.
  • August 18 at 1 p.m.
  • August 20 at 10:30 a.m.
  • August 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00pm
  • August 22 at 3 p.m.
  • August 31 at 4 p.m.

Mann Library Tours
Get to know Mann! Take a 30-minute tour to find out what makes this -- in the words of our patrons -- the best place to stumble on 10 million new ideas in the agriculture, life science, human ecology and applied social science disciplines. Meet in the Mann Library Lobby.

  • August 21, 22, 23, 29 at 4:15 p.m.
  • September 5 at 4:15 p.m.

Mann Library New Student Welcome
New to Cornell? In CALS or Human Ecology? Check out your library and find out how Mann can make a scholar out of you. Food, prizes, tree-climbing, and more! Lobby of Mann Library. Drop by anytime during the two-hour open house. 

  • August 27, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Welcome to Olin and Uris Libraries
Stop by our welcome tables to ask questions about collections, facilities and services in Olin and Uris Libraries.

  • August 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • August 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Walking Tours of Olin, Kroch, and Uris
Home to the social sciences and humanities collections, these three libraries contain rich resources for the entire Cornell community. Start in Uris Library’s upper lobby. About 40 minutes.

  • August 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24 at 3 p.m.
  • August 17, 20, and 21 at 10 a.m.
  • August 17 and 21 at 1 p.m.

Can’t make those times? Check out an audio version of the tour on mp3 players at the Olin and Uris circulation desks or online.

Exploring Cornell’s Rare Books & Manuscripts, Kroch Library
Cornell’s richest historical treasures live underground in Kroch Library, home to the Library’s rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and archives. The collections span from ancient cuneiform tablets, to an original manuscript of the Gettysburg Address written in Abraham Lincoln’s own hand, to comic books and hip hop.

  • Meet at the Rotunda on the top floor of Kroch Library, about 40 minutes after the start of the Olin, Kroch, and Uris walking tours. About 20 minutes.
  • **This tour will not be offered Saturday, August 18.

eLibrary Open Houses for Engineering, Math and Physical Science students
What can an e-library do for you? Where are your course reserves and some good study spaces to go with them?   What exactly does EMPS stand for anyway?  Get answers to these and all the questions you might have about the three libraries under these related disciplines at either of our two orientation sessions.

  • August 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Carpenter Hall (Engineering Study Space)
  • September 27, 2  p.m. to 4 p.m. in Clark Hall (Physical Sciences Study Space)

Fine Arts Library Tour for New Students
Interested in art, architecture, visual studies, or urban planning? Looking for a great place to study? Daily 20-minute tours will show you what the Fine Arts Library has to offer.  Rand Hall.

  • August 21, 22, 23, 24 at 4:30 p.m.

Management Library Tours
Tours of the library and training on business research resources are available upon request. Email us at to set up a time.

ILR Library Tours
The Catherwood library offers a truly unique collection of materials on nearly anything related to the workplace, including employment and labor policy issues, trade union history, and human  resources topics. Take a 30-minute tour and see why the Catherwood Library has been called “the foremost library of its type in North America”!

  • August 20 at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • August 21 at 10 am., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Introduction to ILR Research
A hands-on introduction to ILR library resources, with tips and tricks for streamlining the research process.

  • September 5 at 4:30 p.m.
  • September 21 at 1 p.m.

Welcome, International Students!
For students with little or no experience using American academic libraries. Learn about American academic libraries and how to use Cornell’s library. Olin Library 106G. One hour.

  • August 17 at 11 a.m.
  • August 20 at 2 p.m.

CL3 101: Technology Tools & More
Smartphones, iPads, video and audio equipment, still cameras, scanners, specialized software: Learn how you can take advantage of the Library’s wealth of multimedia technology. CL3 Lab, on Uris Library’s gallery level. Drop in any time during the two-hour open house.

  • August 20, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Finding Your Way: Maps 101
How cool is the Maps & Geospatial Information Collection?  Come find out as you learn to navigate these popular resources and discover GIS, mapping software and scanning workstations. Olin Library’s lower level. 30-minute sessions.

  • August 20 at 1 p.m.
  • August 21 at 2 p.m.