The librarians, reference assistants, and students in the Department of Research & Learning Services support the teaching and research mission of the university by providing reference services. We help library patrons find information, select sources for research, design search strategies, and navigate a wide array of electronic and print resources. We also assist patrons in evaluating and using information resources, and we provide technical support for their computing needs in the library
In-person reference service is available on a walk-in basis at the reference desk in Olin Library. Today's reference schedule, as well as for each day in the current semester, can be found on the Hours page.
In-depth research assistance is provided through an appointment-based Research Consultation Service.
In addition to providing direct services, reference staff produce a wide array of print and online tools designed to assist patrons in finding information on their own. Examples include research tutorials, subject pathfinders, and resource or skill guides, available via the Research Guides page.
If you wish to use or adapt any or all of the content of our Research Guides, go to https://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/services/research/guides/use to review our use permissions and our Creative Commons license.
Also staffing the Olin reference desk are Public Services Support Assistants who can assist with basic information questions and provide technical support for library computing and printing. For more advanced technology help please contact the CIT Helpdesk.