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Frequently Asked Questions

The Fine Arts Library (FAL) temporarily moved into B56 Sibley Hall for the duration of the construction of the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library. Our core services remain unchanged. That is, the FAL still provides circulation, reserve, reference, and research consultation services, albeit in a smaller space. We are looking forward to eventually moving into the new FAL in Rand Hall. The new FAL will be a state-of-the-art facility where our users will be able to browse and use collections, while taking advantage of both traditional and emerging services.

  1. Why did the Fine Arts Library (FAL) move from Rand Hall into Sibley Hall?
  2. What services are available at the temporary location?
  3. Are reference services available?
  4. What is the timetable for moving books into the renovated location in Rand Hall?
  5. How many books are in the temporary location?
  6. How did you select which books would go into the temporary location and which would go to the Library Annex?
  7. Why were books moved to the Library Annex?
  8. Can I browse books at the Library Annex?
  9. Can I retrieve books from the Library Annex?
  10. How do I request a book from the Library Annex from the online catalog?
  11. Am I able to study in the library?
  12. Are there current periodicals to browse through?
  13. Is there a new book shelf in the temporary location?
  14. Why can't I renew a book that I already have checked out?
  15. What are the main hours of operation for the fall/spring semesters?
  16. Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

 

1. Why did the Fine Arts Library (FAL) move from Rand Hall into Sibley Hall?
The FAL moved from Rand to B56 Sibley Hall due to the planned renovation.

2. What services will be available at the temporary location?
All reference services, including research consultations. Patrons will be able to check out books, course reserve materials, laptops, etc. They will also have access to computers, color and B&W printers, three scanners, and two photocopiers.

3. Will reference services be available?
Yes, reference services will be available.

4. What is the timetable for moving books into the renovated location in Rand Hall?
The FAL will occupy B56 Sibley Hall until the completion of the new FAL in the fall of 2019. We will begin moving books into the new FAL during the summer of 2019.

5. How many books are in the temporary location?
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 will also select titles of high demand or specific interest to AAP patrons and place them on reserve. The capacity of this space is over 8,000 volumes.

6. How did you select which books would go into the temporary location and which would go to 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.

7. Why were books moved to the Library Annex?
There is not be enough room for them in the temporary space and they can easily be retrieved. See FAQ #9 for details.

8. Can I browse books at the Library Annex?
Though browsing is not permitted in the Annex for safety reasons, it does offer an on-site reading room with wireless access, a computer, printer, photocopier, scanner, and microform reader.

9. Can I retrieve books from the Library Annex?
Yes. You can request books from the Library Annex through the Library’s online catalog. Books can be delivered to any campus library (including FAL) within one business day, Monday-Saturday. Once book(s) are processed, you will be notified through email for pick-up at the library designated for delivery. Please note, the Saturday delivery is during academic semesters, and not during the summer and December-January break period.

10. How do I request a book from the Library Annex from the online catalog?
You can ask anyone at the reference/circulation desk at FAL on how to request a book from the Library Annex, or click here for complete instructions.

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

12. Are there current periodicals to browse through?
You will be able to browse selected current periodicals.

13. Is there a new book shelf in the temporary location?
Yes. Librarians have selected highlights from the new book arrivals to bring to the temporary location. Because of its space limitations, only a few new books can be located there. However, you can subscribe to the CUL New Books service to stay informed of all new print books that FAL acquires during the construction. You can request delivery of new titles just like any other books from the Annex. See FAQ #9 for details.

14. Why can't I renew a book that I already have 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.

15. What are the main hours of operation for the fall/spring semesters?
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

View our full hours here

16. Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
For questions relating to the library and its services, you can contact FAL staff at fineartscirc@cornell.edu or call 607-255-3710. You can also visit our website.
For questions relating to the construction project and the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library, you can contact RandConstruction@cornell.edu. You can also visit the AAP website.

updated 10/9/2018