Cornell Library Resources

Cornell University Library is committed to providing accommodations for patrons with disabilities. Patrons seeking assistance are encouraged to contact Bethany Silfer, disability services coordinator for the library system. Bethany will arrange for accommodations at any of the Ithaca campus Cornell libraries to enable you to make the most efficient use of the libraries facilities, materials, and services.

Assistive Technology in the Libraries

Assistive Technology Centers in Mann, Olin, and Uris libraries provide users with screen readers, a Braille printer, e-text readers, and software that converts e-text into MP3s and other audio files. In addition, Premier Literacy Suite of assistive software is installed in most Ithaca campus libraries (exceptions are the Library Annex and the Olin Library Rare and Manuscripts Collection).

Accessible Printer

Olin Library Net-Print 4, on Olin’s first floor, is placed on a low table for easy accessibility.

Document Delivery Services

With Document Delivery Services, Library staff will scan a book chapter or journal article and send it to you as a PDF via e-mail to view on your own computer. This service is free for patrons with temporary or permanent disabilities. (Please note this on the request form.)

HathiTrust Equitable Access

In participation with HathiTrust, Cornell University Library (CUL) can provide access for eligible patrons with print disabilities to items within the HathiTrust Digital Library. Access is accomplished through a proxy. Eligible patrons wishing to use the service may refer to the HathiTrust Access Guide (pdf) for step-by-step instructions. Contact CUL proxies through


  • Eligible patron: an affiliated user at a supporting institution who has a print disability for which access to digital copies of library books is a reasonable and appropriate accommodation.
  • Print disability: a disability, such as a visual impairment, learning disability, physical disability, or other disability that impedes access to printed content in the standard way.
  • Proxy: a representative designated by a HathiTrust Supporting Institution who accesses in-copyright content on behalf of an eligible patron.