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Alumni & Visitor Services

As a land grant university library for the State of New York, Mann Library serves the students and faculty in the life sciences, agriculture, and human ecology disciplines at Cornell University.  Mann Library is also pleased to highlight here a number of resources and services of interest to visitors and alumni.

(For additional information about campus-wide library services for alumni and friends of Cornell University Library, please also  visit http://alumni.library.cornell.edu/)

Borrowing privileges

NY State residents, SUNY affiliates, and CALS or CHE alumni may obtain a borrowing privilege card that enables 4 week loans for up to twenty books at a time for any circulating book in Mann’s collections, including the Ellis Collection of cross-disciplinary and popular literature in the life sciences, agriculture and human ecology disciplines. These and other alumni may also purchase a guest borrower card from Olin Library, which includes borrowing privileges for all CUL libraries.

Walk-in access to library databases, collections, and reference assistance

Visitors to the Cornell campus are able to use any of the Mann Library computing stations to access thousands of online e-journals, databases and other digital resources.  Items from Mann’s special collections of rare works in beekeeping, language of flowers, botany, natural history, home economics, lace making and textiles, and other disciplines may also be viewed in the library.  Regular collection items can be freely viewed within the library and books can be charged out with a privilege or guest borrower card. For guidance on finding specific titles, e-journals or databases, patrons may check the online catalog at any of the computing stations in the library. It is also possible to consult with a information assistant on duty at the Mann Information & Research Help Desk (map it) in Mann during help desk hours.

Information about Cornell’s research and scholarship via VIVO

With VIVO, the library’s powerful research portal at http://vivo.cornell.edu/, alumni can stay in touch with the current work of Cornell faculty and the newest research trends across all disciplines, departments and colleges at Cornell.

Online collections in specialty databases and historical collections

A number of growing electronic collections at Mann Library provide open access to key resources of interest to citizens and scholars research in a variety of fields.

Alumni with an active Cornell NetID may also access the following resources:

Academic Search™ Alumni Edition is designed for the continuing education needs of the post-college professional. The database provides full text for more than 3,350 journals as well as indexing and abstracting for more than 8,200 journals. The database offers information in nearly every area of academic study.

Business Source® Alumni Edition includes full-text sources ranging from general periodicals to trade publications

Hospitality & Tourism Index™ (HTI) is a bibliographic database covering scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism.

Those alumni who do not yet have a NetID may call the CIT HelpDesk at (607) 255-8990 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST (extended phone hours until 8 p.m. during the academic year) for instructions on obtaining one. See CIT's info page on eligibility for NetID's for more information.

Citation Management Tool

CUL RefWorks is a web-based citation management software that alumni may access at http://refworks.cornell.edu/refworksfaq.htm#alumni.

News from Mann Library

CALS and CHE alums can stay abreast of new library resources, lectures, special events, exhibits and other Mann Library news through several media:

  • Highlights Annual review of new developments at Mann Library for the friends of Mann--Find out what's been happening in and around Mann Library.
  • Mann events & exhibits page A semester-by-semester overview of current and upcoming book talks, special lectures, Cornell community events, and exhibitions at the library--Please join us when you're next on campus!
  • Mann Library podcasts Videos of "Chats in the Stacks" book talks, special lectures, and poetry readings at Mann, viewable via iPod and computer--Missed geologist Warren Allmon's June '09 book talk on evolutionary theory, geology and intelligent design?   Here's a good way to catch up.
  • Online exhibits Virtual renderings of select Mann Library exhibitions--Browse through illustrated presentations on topics ranging from kitchen gardens and Blaschka glass artistry to prefab housing and the history of processed food.
  • New books alert Weekly updates on new books added to the Mann Collection, organized by subject area; RSS service available--Stay abreast of the newest publications in your field of interest!

To request print delivery of Highlights, or to receive email alerts about upcoming events and exhibits, please contact Eveline Ferretti at ef15@cornell.edu.


For further information about visitor privileges available across the Cornell University Library system, please visit CUL Visitor Privileges.

For information about supporting Mann Library's services and collections, please visit our Friends of Mann Library page.