Ornithology Collections in the Libraries at Cornell University:
Overview of Cornell's Ornithology Collections
This guide provides an overview of the extensive ornithological collections in the
libraries at Cornell University. Its intent is to offer students, researchers, and
scholars sufficient information about the collections to assess the usefulness of those
rich resources to their own studies or pursuits. It is not a title-by-title listing of the
thousands of ornithology volumes at Cornell. That kind of detailed catalog is provided by
national library databases and by the Cornell
University Library Online Catalog.
As with many subject collections in a large, old, and diverse research library system,
the ornithological holdings at Cornell are housed in several different locations. The
collection in each library unit has a different emphasis. Anyone with an interest in
ornithology, including those with no formal Cornell affliation, may consult these
The four most important collections, which are described separately in this guide, are:
These four collections complement and supplement each other. Taken together they cover
every aspect of the study of birds, and all continue to grow.
Online guide developed from:
Ornithology Collections in the Libraries at Cornell University: A Descriptive Guide
Revised Edition, 1999
Ithaca, New York
© 1999 Cornell University Library
Webpage last revised: 6/10/99 by jfc & clsb.