The Engineering Library, Carpenter Hall, Cornell University, transitioned to a virtual library with enhanced e-book and e-journal resources on July 1, 2011. Any print books circulating in the last 5 years were retained in a central campus library (20,000 to Uris, 3,000 to Math, and 1,500 to Mann); the rest were moved to the Library Annex. Course reserves are served primarily from Uris Library. See also Where are the Print Books?

Carpenter Hall remains open 24/7 with a Cornell ID card. It has over 100 computers, study space, and group study rooms.

Below are documents with further details. We welcome your questions at

The Engineering Library supports research and teaching for the College of Engineering

The Engineering Library liasons are Jill Powell, Jeremy Cusker and Leah McEwen, and Henrik Spoon. Each is assigned to several departments each.  Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to contact the liasons. Liaisons rely on publisher approval plans, discussions with faculty, and requests to build the collection. All engineering disciplines, plus computing science and the geological sciences at the undergraduate and graduate level are included in our collection.

Jill Powell is Interim Director, Science and Technology Libraries, and welcomes your suggestions.

Major engineering databases, journals (electronic and print), and electronic books are in the collection. Subscription renewals are based on use statistics and consultation with faculty. Electronic journals are favored over print, and many paper subscriptions have been cancelled, since it is not possible to afford both formats.

The library purchases textbooks requested by faculty. The primary language of the collection is English, with other languages acquired as appropriate.

See the gift policy for Cornell University Library's policy on gifts.

Highlights of the collection are described in many of our Library Guides and include: