Adelson Library

Hours: 10 a.m. –5 p.m.
Phone: 607-254-2165

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As a branch of the Cornell University Library system, Adelson Library contains a rich array of historical and contemporary ornithological books, monographs and journals. Housed within the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Visitor Center, the library serves staff, faculty, students, and the general public.


Visitors may browse the bookshelves, read or study at tables and comfortable chairs, work at public computer stations or access guest Wi-Fi, all while enjoying a commanding view of Sapsucker Woods through the library’s large windows. Here’s more information for visitors to Cornell libraries, including Adelson.

Borrowing Privileges

Any person may visit the Adelson Library and use materials, databases and resources onsite. Staff, faculty, and students may borrow materials using their Cornell ID, and may have materials delivered to and from other university libraries.

New York state residents, SUNY affiliates, and CALS or CHE alumni can obtain a borrowing privilege card from Adelson Library by filling out the online application form. This card can be used to borrow materials from, and request deliveries between, Mann, ILR, Vet, and Adelson Libraries. Other visitors can contact Cornell’s Library Public Services Office (116 Olin Library, 607-255-5069) for details about borrowing privileges.

Library Programs

Visit us for Family Story Time, monthly from September through May. See our Events page for details.

Donating Books

While Adelson Library does gratefully accept some donated materials, we are not able to accept every book that is offered to us. Due to limited shelf space, we cannot accept duplicate copies or items that are not appropriate for our collection. Please check with Library staff to see if your book meets our requirements.

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