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Frequently Asked Questions - Did You Know

Interesting facts about little known Library services and resources.

1. How do I find out about all of Mann's available services, online, by phone, email or in person?

Mann has a many different kinds of services available to a wide variety of patrons. To find out more, see our Services webpage, contact the Information & Research Help Desk at 255-5406, or email Feel free to stop by in person as well, at the  Information & Research Help Desk (map it) on the first floor of Mann Library during library hours.

2. How do I get a list of all items currently charged out, and their due dates?

To see a list of all items currently charged (Cornell, Borrow Direct, and Interlibrary Loan) and their due dates:

A list of charged Interlibrary loan items can be found from the ILLIAD Account page by clicking on the Checked Out Items link in left side bar menu.


3. How do I extend the loan period for items currently charged out?

Renewals of regular Cornell books and journals, or Interlibrary Loan items can be made or requested online:

To see a list of all items currently charged and their due dates, log in to My Account on the CU Library Web site.

To renew Cornell Library items directly (regular books and journals only):

  • Check the boxes to left of items you would like renewed (or select "Renew All Items" from bottom drop down menu).
  • Click the Renew Items button on bottom.
  • Be sure to confirm that the due date has been advanced -any holds or recalls by
    another patron will prevent renewal. 

You can also call the Mann Library Circulation Desk at 255-3296 and we will be happy to renew your Cornell items for you.

To  request a renewal of Interlibrary loan items directly:

  • Click on the Checked Out Items link in left side bar menu.
  • In the Checked Out Items Table, click the Transaction Number for the item you wish to renew.
  • Click the Renew Request link at top of Transaction Information page.
  • You will be notified by email (make sure it is correct in your account info) of approval or denial by lending institution.

Interlibrary Loan renewal requests should be made well in advance (a week or more).

4. How do I request a book that is currently charged out to another patron?

You may recall a Cornell book via the Cornell online catalog. Once searched for and found the items record in the catalog, click the Request Item button in Get This Item section, log in, and choose recall. You can also request copies of books held by Cornell but currently charged out using the Borrow Direct or WorldCat Libraries button in the Get This Item section.

5. How do I request delivery of a book from another campus library?

You can have books from any other campus library be delivered to the library of your choice. Also, if you are a faculty member, you can request books from any campus library be delivered to your departmental office. To have a book delivered, find its record in the Cornell Library catalog. Then click the Request Item button from the Get This Item section, log in, and choose "book delivery services".

6. How do I get materials from the Library Annex?

Annex items can be requested several ways, and shipped and held for patrons at any campus library. In some cases (e.g. journal articles or other excerpts) scanned digital copies can be sent to patrons for free by email. See our Request page for options and more info.

7. How do I pay for printing or photocopying at Mann Library?

Patrons have a variety of options for paying for printing and photocopying at Mann Library. See our Payment page for more info.

8. How do I get articles that Cornell does not own or subscribe to?

To get an article from a journal or other source that Cornell does not own, you need to use interlibrary loan, a free service to Cornell patrons. To register and find out more information, please see our our borrowing faq.

9. How do I move files electronically between Mann Library computers and home or work?

CIT has a service called DropBox that allows members of the Cornell community with a NetID to upload and temporarily store files (up to 1.5GB per upload) on their servers. Users can then download files from there to a different computer, or share them with others who can download them from DropBox directly.

10. How do I register online for a Mann Library workshop?

Find out about our current offerings and register for one of our free worshops now.

11. How do I get automatic updates of Mann Library RSS news feeds and podcasts?

Mann Library offers RSS feeds for various content, including New Books, Daily Haiku, Podcasts, and CUGIR GIS data updates. RSS is a format used for syndicating online content that allows you to subscribe and get content delivered directly to you using an RSS reader or aggregator. RSS readers are set up to check periodically for new content in the feeds to which you subscribe, sometimes as frequently as every hour or half hour. Some are programs that you download and install on your personal computer; others are web-based. Many of them are free. A list of available readers can be found at Google and Yahoo.

To add Mann RSS feeds to your RSS reader, copy the appropriate RSS URL from your browser into your RSS reader, and add it as a new subscription. If you prefer to receive Mann RSS announcements via email, some free services such as Feed My Inbox and XFruits will allow you to create an email subscription to an RSS feed.

12. How do I submit content to be displayed on the Mann Library lobby kiosk LCD screen?

Our Mann Library Lobby page has information on how members of the Cornell community can submit content for display on the lobby kiosk LCD screen.

13. How do I find publicly available fax machines at Cornell?

Mann Library does not currently have public fax machines, but there are several commercial online fax services available for free, such as Fax Zero and others, that can be used in conjunction with scanners at Mann Library. A list of fee based campus fax locations is available here.

14. How do I use a wireless laptop in the library?

Mann has full wireless RedRover access throughout the building. Cornell patrons can check-out laptops with wireless capability at the Circulation Desk. Our laptop page has information on setting up your own laptop for use with RedRover.CIT has a list and map of RedRover coverage on campus here

15. How do I subscribe to Mann's podcasts?

If you have iTunes installed, the easiest way is to click the appropriate RSS icon  on the Podcast page (select iTunes to open link if needed). Go to our RSS help entry for more info on using RSS.

16. What kind of equipment can I borrow from Mann Library, and what are the loan policies?

Mann Library has a variety of equipment available for short term loan to Cornell patrons. See our Equipment Loan page for more info.