Services for Users

We provide a variety of services that help students, faculty, researchers, and community members better utilize the map collection and equipment.

Reference and Instruction | Circulation | Interlibrary Loan | Scanning


Reference & Instruction

E-mail: olinmaps@cornell.edu
Phone: (607) 255-7557

Walk-In Service

Map Collection staff are available to answer your questions and to help you identify and locate pertinent materials. They can help you to interpret cartographic materials, to locate maps for your research or for classroom presentation, to verify citations, and to use a variety of digital mapping programs.

Research Consultations

An appointment can be made with the map librarian when more extensive research assistance is desired than is available on a walk-in basis. Please use our online request form or call 255-9566.

GIS Help

The Map Collection employs a part-time GIS specialist to assist with questions regarding the use of GIS software, data management, and cartography. The specialist can also help with generating maps for faculty and students research. For walk-in assistance, please check the hours of the GIS Help Desk. Please use the online request form or call 255-7557 to schedule an appointment.

Classes, Workshops & Tours

Tours are offered at the beginning of each semester. Special instruction sessions relevant to a particular course or research interest can be arranged at any time. GIS and mapping workshops are regularly scheduled.

Circulation

For instructional purposes, short-term loans of certain types of material may be permitted, but in general, maps, books, globes and CD-ROMs located in the Map Collection do not circulate. Circulation decisions are made by Map Collection staff on a case-by-case basis and are based on such criteria as fragility, age, and high demand. The Library Copy Center can provide color and full size photocopies of non-circulating material, subject to copyright and other restrictions.

Interlibrary Loan

Copies of maps not owned by the Cornell Library can often be borrowed through Inter-Library Loan. Our staff can facilitate this by helping to verify references to cartographic materials and to locate libraries which hold particular maps.

Scanning

1. There are two 12" X 18" Epson Expression 10000XL color flat-bed scanners in the Map Room. They are suitable for books and smaller maps and atlases and are available for self-service.
2. For larger maps and single-sheet materials we provide courtesy scanning on our 42" Colortrac SmartLF GX+42 scanner.