Libraries and Hours Ask a Librarian


  • Course Reserves
    Africana Library staff handle course reserve requests for Africana classes.  We can place tangible items on reserve, as well as processing files for electronic reserve.  Please visit the CUL course reserves web page or contact us at for direct assistance.
  • Borrow, Renew, Return Policies
    To see the borrowing policies of Cornell University Library, please visit the CUL borrowing/lending web page.
  • Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
    Use the CUL Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan site to request materials not held at Cornell; materials held at the Library Annex can be sent to the Cornell Library unit of your choice or will be scanned and sent to you electronically.
  • Research Assistance
    Africana Library staff are available to offer assistance throughout your research process.  Visit the Africana Library Service Desk or send an e-mail to to ask a question or set up an appointment.
  • Instruction, Classes
    To schedule an instruction session or class tour, contact Eric Kofi Acree at or 607-255-5229.
  • Laptops
    The Africana Library provides a laptop computer for use in the library.  Ask about availability at the service desk. The laptop is available on a first-come/first-served basis and has a 4-hour loan period.  Renewals and overnight loans are permitted.
  • Public Workstations, Printing & Scanning
    Public workstations in the Africana Library provide full productivity software (Microsoft Office, etc.) and internet access.  In addition, the library offers printing and scanning.