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Celebrating 130 Years of Cornell University Engineering Libraries, 1887-2017

Excerpt from The Crank referencing the Engineering Library, 1888
Excerpt from The Crank referencing the Engineering Library, 1888

Early references to Engineering Library in Sibley Hall, 1888

References are from early engineering student journal The Crank. This and other issues can be seen online via Cornell Historical Monographs Collection, ebooks.library.cornell.edu/c/cdl

Lincoln Hall Library, 1890

Lincoln Hall Library, 1890 (civil)

Sibley Engineering Library, 1938

Sibley Engineering Library, 1938 (mechanical)

Additional libraries at the time were located in Franklin Hall (for electrical engineering) and Olin Hall (for chemical engineering).

Carpenter Hall, 1957
Engineering Library Call Desk, 1957

1957

Carpenter Hall & circulation desk

Engineering library reading room, including card catalog, 1960

1960

Engineering library reading room, including card catalog

Students using the Engineering Library card catalog, 1977

1977

Using the Engineering Library card catalog

Carpenter Hall takeover, demonstrators camped in library, 1972
Carpenter Hall takeover, 1972
News article clipping depicting audience gathering outside Carpenter Hall takeover

Carpenter Hall takeover, 1972

125 anti-war demonstrators camped in library for 5 days:

April 26 –May 1, 1972

 

Demands:

  • Divest from Cornell Aeronautical Lab (begun
    during WW2, Cornell had been trying to sell since
    1968)
  • Conversion of CAL to non-defense research.
  • End to ROTC at Cornell
  • Cornell to help force Gulf Oil out of Angola in
    Africa
View of a table in Carpenter Hall, 1990

1990

Note graphing calculators on table and heavy use of paper.

Inside Carpenter Hall, 2005

2005

Note clamshell Apple iBook, ca. 1999-2006.

 

Library at this point had 1,500 print journals and 150,000 books on site.

Viewing Engineering Library, 2016

2016

Physical collection, including reference collection consolidated with Uris Library and Library Annex in 2011.

Thanks to:
  • Laura Linke and Evan Earle, Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University
  • The Crank, Sibley Journal of Engineering, Cornell Engineer and Cornell Alumni News
  • Images courtesy of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University and Jill Powell, Engineering Library