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Welcome to Mann Library!

I’m happy to welcome you to the Mann Library website and all the resources, services and features it offers in support of your work at Cornell. 

Whether you’re looking for a quiet, tucked away desk with a view overlooking Beebe Lake, or a technology rich collaborative spot to work on a group project, you’ll find it all in the Mann Library building.  Mann Library is a bustling collaboratorium… a learning center where you can study solo, or in groups, gathering and synthesizing the knowledge of today’s and yesterday’s scholars, so that you, too, can bring new knowledge to light.  We hear from our users that they are energized by others studying around them and by the knowledge represented in the collections, whether print or digital.  We work hard to create this environment where researchers, young and old, can learn and thrive!

Since it opened its doors over 60 years ago, Mann’s outstanding collections in the agriculture, life science, human ecology and applied social science disciplines has been the hallmark of the our presence on the Cornell University campus. The renovated Mann building continues to be the state-of-the-art entry point to this powerfully comprehensive  resource.   Cornell’s scientists are making important contributions to the world’s knowledge, and without a strong library, this research could not move forward.  The underpinning of today’s research is the work of the scientists that came before, and our users gain access to this important record through Mann’s collections. And of course, Mann’s dedicated staff help users build the skills needed to find the information they are looking for, manage this information effectively, and cite the work of others appropriately.   These life-long information skills are becoming ever more important in the digital world of today.

So welcome to Mann!  We hope you find your perfect learning spot in our beautiful space.  

If you have any comments or suggestions, please be sure to get in touch with us.  We welcome your inquiry and feedback, and we wish you a productive research experience. 


Mary A. Ochs
Director, Mann Library