Distributed between Olin and Uris Libraries, a single collection supports research and instruction at Cornell. While its principal focus is on the humanities and social sciences, its holdings also include select engineering and physical sciences materials.
The two adjacent libraries’ holdings of print, media and electronic resources are managed by selectors and subject specialists who choose materials for the physical collection, for online access, and for the Library Annex, which is located near the central campus. The collection reflects the university curriculum, areas of faculty research, and the library’s historical strengths. Among especially rich holdings are those of: the central Andean countries; classics; government; history of science; Icelandic studies; linguistics; literary and cultural studies; philosophy, criticism, and theory; and United States history.
- Cornelliana: a collection of Cornell-related publications designed for research on the history of the university.
- Electronic Text Center: electronic indexes, texts, and multimedia programs on disk; and the hardware and software needed to use them.
- Fiske Icelandic Collection: research literature about Iceland or in Icelandic. This collection includes rare materials housed in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library, and circulating collections integrated into the Olin and Uris Libraries stacks.
- Kroch Asia Collections: research collections, reference books, periodicals, newspapers, about East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia housed in the Carl A. Kroch Library (access via Olin Library).
- Map & Geospatial Information: over 650,000 maps, cartographic books and atlases, and geospatial information and related software and hardware.
- Media Collection: the combined videodisc collections (DVDs, Blu-rays, and Laserdiscs) for Olin and Uris, as well as for the Kroch Asia Libraries, housed in the Uris Library Dean Room.
- Micrographic Collections: microfiche, microfilm, and microprint for the general humanities and social sciences collections, as well as for the Kroch Asia Collections, located in the Olin Library, lower level stacks.
- New & Noteworthy: recently-published popular fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as newly-acquired scholarly books.
- Rare & Manuscript Collections: Cornell's principal repository of rare books, manuscripts and archival materials housed on the lowest level of the Carl A. Kroch Library (access via Olin Library).
- Reference Collection: almanacs, catalogs, general and subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, periodical indexes, subject and national bibliographies, manuals, yearbooks, and biographical and statistical sources.
- US Government Documents: federal government publications received via the Federal Depository Library Program, integrated into the circulating collections in the Olin and Uris Libraries stacks.