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Book Retrieval Effort Gives Grad Student Welcome Relief

Benedetta Carnaghi, PhD candidate
Olin Library, Ithaca
Woman holding a teddy bear in from of a full book shelf

Benedetta Carnaghi, an Einaudi-funded doctoral student, found help from the Cornell Library when she needed it most. Thanks to a double-time effort by Cornell University Library staff to reunite graduate students and faculty with their research materials, she received all her books and study materials so that she could continue working from home. |

You’ve been working on your dissertation for what seems like forever, doing research abroad when you’re not teaching or holed up in the library, and making great progress–until one day, the library is closed indefinitely with your books still inside. Benedetta Luciana Sara Carnaghi, a doctoral student in history, didn’t have to wait long to get what she needed to continue her work, thanks to a double-time effort by Cornell University Library staff to reunite graduate students and faculty with their research materials, when campus libraries first closed to the public March 15–16.

On Monday, March 16, Michelle Nair, faculty research space and carrel coordinator in the Library’s Public Services Office, emailed all carrel and locker holders to inform them that “if we needed our materials, the staff was going to collect them and arrange for us to pick them up at the front door of Olin Library as early as Tuesday,” Carnaghi said. "It’s incredible that the library staff managed to prepare our materials for pick up so quickly," Carnaghi said. "I imagine that they are under a storm of emails because all the students and faculty are writing with anxious requests and complicated questions, but the librarians still find the time and energy to help everybody."