Cornell University

Frequently Asked Questions

The new Mui Ho Fine Arts Library will open in Rand Hall on August 5. During the renovation and before the opening, the bulk of fine arts materials have been housed in the temporary Fine Arts Library (FAL) location in B56 Sibley Hall, while some materials have been moved to the Library Annex because of the smaller space at B56. Our core library services at the temporary location remain unchanged, including circulation, reserve, reference, and research consultation.

  1. What services are available at B56 Sibley Hall?
  2. Can I study in the temporary location?
  3. How many books are in B56?
  4. How did you select books for the temporary location versus the Library Annex?
  5. How do I access a book from the Library Annex?
  6. Why can't I renew a book that I already checked out?
  7. When will you move to the new library location in Rand Hall?
  8. How will the move affect book borrowing and other library services?
  9. Do I need to return my borrowed materials before the move or change of schedule?
  10. What are the hours of operation for B56? And what will the hours be for the new Mui Ho Fine Arts Library?
  11. Whom do I contact if I have additional questions?

1. What services are available at B56 Sibley Hall?

All reference services, including research consultations, are available. You can check out books, course reserve materials, laptops, etc. You also have access to computers, color and B&W printers, scanners, and photocopiers.

2. Can I study in the temporary location?

Yes, you can study in the library, although seating is limited. There are eleven seats, including three public work stations and an overhead scanner.

3. How many books are in B56?

The temporary location houses our reference collection, reserves, undergraduate theses, selected new books, and the recent volumes of 50 of our most popular periodical titles. We also selected titles of high demand or specific interest to AAP patrons and placed them on reserve. The capacity of this space is over 8,000 volumes.

4. How did you select books for the temporary location versus the Library Annex?

Titles that are not available electronically and are in high demand were selected for the temporary location. We also tried to identify titles of specific interest to AAP patrons.

5. How do I access a book from the Library Annex?

You can request books from the Library Annex through the library's online catalog. Books can be delivered to any campus library (including B56), typically within one business day, Monday-Saturday. Once your request is processed, you will be notified through email regarding pick-up. Please note: The Saturday delivery is during academic semesters, and not during the summer and December-January break period.

You can ask anyone at the reference/circulation desk for help with requesting a book from the Library Annex, or you can click here for complete instructions.

6. Why can't I renew a book that I already checked out?

You can renew materials borrowed from the Fine Arts Library, but you may run into problems if an item record has been changed to the Library Annex. If you experience this issue, please email the Library Annex or the Fine Arts Library and request that we renew the items for you.

7. When will you move to the new library location in Rand Hall?

Starting May 20, we will begin moving collections. Mui Ho Fine Arts Library is anticipated to open on August 5, and the temporary location in B56 Sibley Hall will have its last day of operations on August 2. During its final week (July 29-August 2), B56 will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

8. How will the move affect book borrowing and other library services?

From May 20 to August 5, as we prepare to move into the new location, selected fine arts materials will not be available. During this period, the online library catalog will indicate the unavailability of an affected book and provide a link for requesting it through Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan.

However, fine arts librarians will continue to be available for consultation during the interruption period.

9. Do I need to return my borrowed materials before the move or change of schedule?

You only have to return the materials if they are due then. You can return overdue fine arts items at any library on campus or drop them off at B56 before it closes.

10. What are the hours of operation for B56? And what will the hours be for the new Mui Ho Fine Arts Library?

B56 will hold its normal spring and summer hours. But for its final week (July 29-August 2), it will only be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. When the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library opens on August 5, it will start its summer hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

View our full hours here.

11. Whom do I contact if I have additional questions?

For questions about library collections and services, please contact FAL staff at fineartscirc@cornell.edu or call 607-255-3710. You can also visit our website.

For questions about the construction and the architectural features of the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library, please contact RandConstruction@cornell.edu. You can also visit the AAP website.

updated 5/13/2019