Q. How can I tell if a book is viewable online from the library catalog?

I wasn't able to tell by looking at the record.


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 online search and discovery tool. 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 it to view the item's record. If a digital version of this item is available, the left-hand navigation bar in the item's record will include a link to "Links." When you click that link, it will usually take you to a thumbnail image of the item (you can also just scroll down to the image). Clicking on the image will 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 acccess by clicking an item's record and following the directions above under Simple Search.

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

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 ill@cmog.org. For more information, please see our ILL website. We may also be able to scan pages from trade catalogs, for instance, and email them directly to you.

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!


  • Last Updated Jan 17, 2018
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  • Answered By Mikki Smith

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