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"Where do I find audiobooks and e-books?"


All electronic books are searchable by title in the catalog.


  • Overdrive - Downloadable audio and ebooks in wma, mp3, Kindle, and PDF formats. Includes popular non-fiction books on business, history, science, as well as fiction.
  • Springer - Access more than 10,000 books on topics such as business, economics, management, finance, logistics and marketing.
  • EBSCO - Books on many topics, including a wide array of popular business books.
  • Safari Books Online - Books covering technical topics as well as personal development and business operations. Covers the last three years only.
  • - Books on many information technology topics, including networking, programming, languages, desktop applications, and the web.


Cornell-based Collections

  • eCommons@Cornell - The eCommons Digital Repository is open to anyone affiliated with Cornell University as a place to capture, store, index, preserve and redistribute materials in digital formats that may be useful for educational, scholarly, research or historical purposes.
  • Google Book Search Library - Cornell University Library has partnered with Google Inc. to digitize approximately 500,000 materials from its collections and make them available online using Google Book Search Library.
  • BookSurge - Cornell has partnered with BookSurge, a subsidiary of, to make approximately 6,000rare and non-copyrighted books available for purchase as paperback editions. These include historical works in science and mathematics.
  • The Library has a libguide that contains the latest developments regarding our eBook collections.

DjVu Reader
Having trouble accessing an e-book? Are you not able to access all the pages in NetLibrary or another e-book repository? Try downloading the plugin DjVu Reader. Many users who have reported initial problems accessing e-books from our collections have been able to resolve them by using DjVu Reader.

"What do I do if Cornell does not have the book or the article that I need?"


Cornell University Library offers a free service that obtains books and/or provides copies of articles from other libraries. Requests are made using the electronic forms found in the Cornell University Library Catalog by clicking on the “Borrow Direct or Worldcat Libraries” button in the item’s record or via the Library website listed under Library Services>Borrowing and Delivery. These services require extra time to locate and receive the books, etc. Please speak with a library staff member if you need assistance.  


NOTE: Borrow Direct is usually able to obtain books more quickly than interlibrary loan and must be used instead of interlibrary loan if there is an item available through Borrow Direct.

"Where do I find course reserves and library account information?"


The Management Library has information on course reserves for Johnson School classes as well as information available at the circulation desk.

The Library Catalog has links to course reserves for other Cornell classes.

For information about your library account, select the My Account link in the menu of the Management Library website. Any questions that you have about your account can be directed in person to the circulation staff in the library, by e-mail ( or telephone (607-255-3389).

"What research tools are available using the Cornell University Library Website?"

  • Library Catalog: Search all of the books, periodicals, databases, and audio-visual materials owned by the Cornell University Library
  • Summon: Search that draws from many full-text and article-indexing databases as well as digital repositories from colleges, universities, research centers, and other open-access archives on the web.
  • Database Names: Enter the larger collection of Cornell Library resources and identify databases for different subject areas, such as the sciences, engineering, human resources and economics.
  • E-journal Titles: Identify databases containing the full-text of the journals you wish to read online
  • Images: Search for images in our specialty subscription collections and learn more about what tools can help.
  • Experts: Browse or search for information about Cornell faculty and staff across all disciplines, departments and colleges.

"How do I know when to use one database versus another?"


Each of many databases promoted on our site have areas where they are particularly strong.
  • Each database has areas where they are particularly strong. We have tagged these with subject terms that refer to their areas of strength. See also the individual database description pages for more information.
  • We provide our Top Business Databases arranged by topic, so that you can pick the appropriate database based on the type of research you need to do (market research, finance, job search, etc.)
  • Researching a particular topic? If so, check out our Career and Industry Guides. Each guide is put together by Management Library librarians and will direct you to the best resources for your job search, writing a business plan, researching a market, and more.
  • Ask our research team for additional assistance. Visit us at the reference desk, send us e-mail, phone (255-3389), or schedule a consultation.

"Where can I find a quiet place to study?"


There are study carrels on both floors of the library. 24-hour access to the Marin Reading Room (restricted to Johnson School students) is available via the second floor hallway door across from the Help Desk. Access to the third floor is available via the hallway by the PhD offices.

"How do I find audio and video recordings on tape or compact disc?"


Search the Library Catalog using the Advanced Search option and limit the Format to the type that you want.

"How can someone from outside the Cornell community borrow Cornell University materials?"


Non-Cornell individuals may borrow Cornell materials through Interlibrary Loan. To initiate this process, individuals should contact the reference staff at the academic or local public library with which they are affiliated.

Cornell dissertations may be purchased from University Microfilms International (UMI). Unbound photocopies of older dissertations not available through UMI may be purchased through Cornell's Interlibrary Loan department.

"The book I need is owned by another library on campus. How do I get this book?"


You can either go to the holding library to check out the book or you may request to have the book delivered to the Management Library by clicking the “Request Item” link in the catalog record and selecting the options to have the book delivered.

"How do I find out if the library owns a specific book?"


Search the Library Catalog for the particular book. The catalog record will indicate which campus libraries hold that book. Some books will be part of the collections of several libraries on campus. 

For example, if you want to see if the Cornell library has Dale Carnegie’s classic book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, simply type in the title of the book into the search box. You'll see that this publication is available in several editions and languages at various Cornell libraries.