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Hello, and thank you for your question! The Rakow Research Library has digitized thousands of items from its collection and made them available to view through our new Library catalog. Below are some ways to determine whether a digital version of an item is available.

Simple Search

First, search the library's collections. When you locate an item in your search results that you are interested in, click on the title to view the item's record. If a digital version of this item is available, there will be a link to "Links" on the left-hand side of your screen (or you can just scroll down in the record). If you see a thumbnail image of the item, clicking on it should open a PDF version of the item.

Advanced Search

You can also limit your search to digital items by using Advanced Search. On the right side of the Advanced Search box, you can select a "Material Type." Select "Digital Materials," enter your search term or terms, and click "Search." All of the results should have digital versions available, which you can access by clicking an item's record and following the directions above under Simple Search. If an item record indicates digital material but there does not appear to be a link in the record, let us know and we will be happy to investigate.

Collection Discovery

Some of our digital collections can be browsed by using Collection Discovery in our new catalog.

Digital Collections

Some of our digital collections are featured on the Library's website.

What if the item I want doesn't have a digital version?

Interlibrary Loan

While we are digitizing new materials all the time, thousands of items in our collection cannot be made available digitally due to copyright and other restrictions. The good news is that the Rakow Research Library will lend designated books and microforms from its collection and will send copies of articles requested by other libraries. Your library can request items through the OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system or by direct request through email at For more information about our ILL policies and procedures, please see our ILL webpage. We may also be able to scan pages from trade catalogs, for instance, and email them directly to you.

Come to the Rakow Library at the Corning Museum of Glass

You are also welcome to come to Corning and use the resources of the Rakow Research Library. We encourage you to call ahead to let us know when you plan to arrive/visit and remind us of your area of interest. While an appointment is not required to use the library (except for access to archives and special collections on weekends), contacting us prior to your visit will help us to be better prepared to meet your research needs.

Please don't hesitate to call or email with additional questions!


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Important Note

Alert: Museum Closed to Public. May Cause Delays.The Corning Museum of Glass is currently closed to the public effective March 16 through April 22, 2020, as a precautionary measure for public health and safety. As a result, resources available to answer your questions are extremely limited. During this closure, you may be interested in searching our Ask a Glass Question FAQs or reviewing our Research Guides on various topics. We also highly recommend checking out The Corning Museum of Glass on YouTube for hours of artist demonstrations, lectures, and special events. Thank you for your patience.

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