Ornithology Collections in the Libraries at
Gifts to the Collections
With the help of many friends over the years, the Cornell University libraries have
developed one of the finest ornithology collections in the nation. Special thanks go to
Kenneth and Dorothy Hill for their important role in raising the rare book collection to
its present significance.
Gifts of ornithology books, or funds to purchase books, are welcomed by all the
libraries at Cornell. The libraries work together to determine the best location for gift
books. Rare items, which typically require special storage conditions, are usually placed
in the Hill Ornithology Collection in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections or
in the Mann Library vault, depending on the age, condition, and value of the book. Titles
that duplicate any already held in appropriate libraries may be sold to produce revenue to
purchase needed books.
For more information about making a gift of books or financial support, please contact:
Cornell Library External Relations
701 Olin Library
Ithaca, NY 14853-5301
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.