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Lending Library Guidelines & Policies

Becoming a patron:

  1. Email with your full name, email, and institutional affiliation, if applicable.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email once we have added your email to the patron list.
  3. Go to to create an account with your email, and a password will be sent to your inbox. Use this password to check out materials.

Checking out materials:

  1. Any institution, teacher, or individual may use materials for educational purposes and public engagement.
  2. All resources are available free of charge.
  3. Go to
  4. Search for materials by library or region.
  5. To select an item, click “Checkout” underneath the picture. If it is unavailable, you can place a hold by clicking “Add Hold” under the picture.
    1. If there are multiple holds on the same item, Libib will organize them on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    2. The hold will be cleared when the item becomes available again.
  6. You may check out items in three-week increments of time. Items may be renewed and kept longer, EXCEPT for culture kits. These must be returned on time due to high demand. Other items, such as books, videos, etc. can be renewed as long as there is not a hold from another patron.         
    1. To renew materials, email with your request.
  7. You may borrow any amount of items at a time, EXCEPT for culture kits. These are restricted to a maximum of two check-outs at a time.

Retrieving and returning materials:

  1. After checking out, send an email to to arrange for a pick-up if you live within a 50-mile radius of Cornell.
    1. You will either pick-up from Uris Hall on Cornell’s central campus or the Kahin Center on Stewart Ave.
  2. If you are not able to pick-up materials due to distance or accessibility, we can ship materials to you. Please note, we do NOT cover return shipping costs.
    1. Under no circumstances will culture kits be shipped.
    2. To arrange for shipping, send an email to
    3. You must return the materials within three weeks unless you have requested a renewal.
  3. Before returning materials, make sure that everything is in the same order as when you received it.
    1. For culture kits, clean any items that were used and repack the box in the same way as when you received it.
  4. Fill out this quick survey after returning materials to help us improve the lending library.
  5. You may also rate and review items you’ve used at

**Please note: If an item becomes lost or broken, it is the responsibility of the patron to pay the replacement fee. Fees vary depending on the item.**