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Olin & Uris Libraries

Olin: Open until Midnight
Uris: Open until 11pm


Primary Sources


Cornell Alumni News Available through Cornell University’s eCommons@Cornell . Searchable through Google: Search on the phrase (in quotation marks) “Cornell Alumni News” and [enter your own keywords].

See especially: January 1963 edition, Cover Story: “Second Youth for a Library.”

Cornell Daily Sun [Keith R. Johnson, Class of 1956, Digital Archive]. See especially: Issues for August 1960 through June 1962. The February 10, 1961 issue was devoted to the new John M. Olin Research Library. The October 10, 1962 issue covered the dedication of Olin and Uris Libraries, and included Mario Einaudi’s encomium for Olin, “Our Biggest Day.”

Walter McQuade, “Cornell Rediscovers Architecture” Architectural Forum (February 1962): 64-69.

George Healey, ed. The Cornell Library Conference: Papers Read at the Dedication of the Central Libraries, October, 1962. Ithaca: Cornell University Library, 1964.


University Librarian Anne R. Kenney, “Happy Birthday, Olin!Take One February 7, 2011.

Elaine Engst. “Cornell University Library.” International Dictionary of Library Histories. Ed. David H. Stam. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. 283 – 286.

Secondary Sources

Morris Bishop. A History of Cornell. Ithaca, N. Y.: Cornell University Press, 1962.

Cornell University Library History: Cornell’s University Librarians (electronic exhibition)

Mark Dimunation and Elaine D. Engst. A Legacy of Ideas: Andrew Dickson White and the Founding of the CornellUniversity Library. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Library, 1996. Available online via Cornell University’s eCommons@Cornell.

Carol Kammen. Cornell: Glorious to View. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Library, 2003. Selected text available through Cornell University’s eCommons@cornell.

Kermit Carlyle Parsons. The Cornell Campus: A History of Its Planning and Development. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1968.

Katherine Reagan, “Cornell’s First University Librarian,” from: The Passionate Collector: Willard Fiske and His Libraries (electronic exhibition).

Katherine Reagan, “Founding Collections: Arthur H. Dean & Mary Marden Dean” and Andrew Dickson White from: In the Founders’ Footsteps: Builders of the Cornell University Library (PDF).

Office of the President, “Andrew Dickson White” from: History of the Cornell Presidency (electronic exhibition).

Web Sources

Historic photographs of the Cornell University campus, from the Cornell University Archives, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections

Cornell University Photography

Cornell University: A Research Guide