After last week’s blog posting about the Farewell Reception in the Rare Book Room, we received several inquiries about the future of our rare books and other special collections. We have good news: These collections will still be easily accessible. Certain materials will stay here at the law school in a secure, climate-controlled room. Most of the collection will be temporarily housed near the Cornell apple orchard in the Cornell University Library Annex, which provides 24-hour turnaround access to materials. The Annex is well equipped for storing material of this kind; in fact, it already houses some of Cornell University Library’s Rare and Manuscript collections. Users of our rare books and other special collections will continue to request these materials from and use them in the Law Library.
And we have more good news — our library director, Femi Cadmus, has been working closely with the architects for Phase II of the Law School’s renovation project on a new rare book room. We’re looking forward to having a new, even better space to show off our treasures like the Scottsboro Train, pictured below.