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Back to Happy Library Basics: Physical Collections Now Accessible Again

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Mann Library stacks, 2nd floor (Photo by Carla DeMello)

Summer 2020 turned a happy corner when, as of July 1, much of Cornell University Library's physical collections became accessible to the public again. If you are hoping to get your hands on a book, chapter or journal article from the collections at Mann Library, Olin Library and the Library you can get what you need with these simple steps:

- For scans of book chapters and journal articles, find the needed book or journal article in the Library catalog and click on the "Request scan of article/chapter" button. Or use the ScanIt request form if you have all the needed information about the book or journal in question. The scan will be delivered to you online and you will receive an email notification when your article/chapter is available to view.

- You can also now pick up physical items from the Mann collection via the "contactless pick up" system we have arranged. Just place a request by searching in the Library catalog and then use the “Request” button (step-by-step instructions). You will be able to identify your preferred pickup location from the dropdown menu. You will receive an email with further pickup instructions when your items are ready.

- Please note that wo pickup options are available at Mann: Mann Lobby or Mann Curbside. The Mann Lobby option will be self-service. You will be notified when requested materials are available for pickup, and will have access to the Mann Lobby Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm to retrieve those materials. Mann Curbside is a drive-up option in the small parking area behind Mann Library. Users can select Mann Curbside from the drop-down menu, and once your requested materials are ready, we will email you instructions on how to schedule your pickup time. General hours for this service will be Monday – Friday, 10am to 2pm, though those hours are subject to change depending on staffing levels.

- And one last but quite important note: In order to retain access to the over four million volumes of the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), we are barred from loaning or providing scans of materials currently available in ETAS. If you see from the library catalog record that an item you need is currently available for online reading via the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service, it is at this point available as an online resource only.

If you have a question or hit a snag with any of this, please feel free to contact Mann Library Access Services with any questions you might have about request and pickup services. And, as always, please contact us regarding your research needs, as well as needs for course materials and instructional support.

The Cornell University Library’s COVID update page continues to list all currently available services. We also added an FAQ about our Return to Campus preparations to help with your planning.