At Cole Library, we blend the roles of the traditional library and center for teaching and learning, creating extraordinary opportunities for the college and community we serve. Integrated into our services and housed within the library are the operations of the Center for Teaching and Learning—the Writing, Quantitative Reasoning, and Academic Technology Studios. In our unique role as the library for Cornell College and the public library for Mt. Vernon, we are a bustling nexus of activity for both the campus and the city.  At any hour of the day and throughout much of the night, we are a place where great thinking and learning happens.  

Our energetic and innovative staff works hard to be a trusted partner for all whom we serve, connecting them with the wealth of resources and services available in pursuit of Cornell’s Educational Objectives. Across the campus and the curriculum, we cultivate and celebrate inquiry and scholarship, fostering relationships, providing information and resources, and developing the expertise of those around us. Our librarians and consultants within the Center for Teaching and Learning offer instruction in and out of the classroom. Each member of our staff of professional and student workers is a problem solver, going the extra mile to ensure that our patrons find what they need. 

Our service ethic drives us to exceed expectations. Our coffee cart, Russell D.’s Coffee Stop, is part of the daily routine for many students, faculty, and staff. Outside of our traditional programming, we work year round to offer the kind of unique, must-attend events that get the whole campus talking. The Kick Back at Cole series provides students a chance to relax and unwind. Our Independent Film Festival is a highlight of the fall semester, and our Let’s Get Quizzical Team Trivia events challenge even the brightest minds. With our annual contributions to the Faculty/Staff Talent Show, we turn our creativity loose and set the crowd abuzz. In the spring, we expand out onto the college’s ped mall for our Get Your Geek On event, giving members of the campus and community a chance to show off the passions that bring them into the library. 

At every turn, we want you to expect more from Cole.