The Libraries seek to support research, instruction and outreach in the area of natural resources.The major areas of scholarship explore how to maximize biodiversity, enhance and sustain ecosystems, mitigate climate change, and manage natural resources, such as wildlife, forests and fisheries.
The collection is used by faculty, staff and students of the Department of Natural Resources. Other constituencies include a variety of disciplines such as Applied Economics and Management, Biochemistry, Entomology, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The associated Graduate Field of Natural Resources encompasses its research on Cornell's Ithaca campus.
Overall, the collecting goals for Natural Resources are to provide materials suitable for dissertation-level research and undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education. The following topics are collected at this research level: wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forest biology, wetlands biology, pollution, land use, environmental ethics, environmental impact analysis, resource management, and environmental policy and planning.
Global. Areas of special interest are New York State and CIIFAD target countries. Emphasis is on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems rather than urban areas.
special collections or noteworthy resources in the field
Mann Library's Special Collections hold materials that are too rare, valuable or fragile to be housed in the regular stacks. ECommons serves as a repository for data files compiled by Cornell researchers.