Olin's collection of tangible materials, nearly 2,000,000 print volumes, 2,000,000 microforms, and 650,000 maps, comprises the University's largest information resource. Students and scholars praise this collection for its depth and breadth, its completeness, its physical condition and its accessibility.
Researchers in the humanities and social sciences make growing use of digital tools, and scholarship in humanities and social sciences disciplines is increasingly disseminated electronically. While the Library's tangible collections continue to grow at a formidable rate, Olin's patrons have worldwide access to an extensive collection of networked electronic resources. The more than 25,000 journals to which the Cornell University Library subscribes in digital form include current and retrospective core titles in the social sciences and humanities.
Olin Library supports the teaching and research needs of the Cornell community by maintaining an intelligent balance of print and digital collections and through creative and flexible approaches to emerging technologies useful for selection and acquisition of print and digital materials. Even as conceptions of "collections" shift, Olin remains committed to long-term preservation of the scholarly record and stability of access in all formats, the historic mission of a research library.