ILR Resources and Facilities
The ILR school is located at the center of the beautiful Cornell campus. ILR students, faculty, staff and visitors have full access to all of Cornell's world class facilities from libraries and labs to athletic facilities and concert halls.
The facilities at the ILR School are dedicated to achieving its mission of advancing the world of work by promoting greater knowledge and expertise in industrial and labor relations through academic programs, research, extension courses, conferences, and publications. Renovation of the school's conference center, extension center and research facilities was completed and they reopened in the Fall 2004. Visit the Conference Center Website and the ILR Extension Website.
ILR students also benefit from computer-ready classrooms, public computer labs, large auditoriums, conference rooms with audio-visual capabilities, and state-of-the-art technology that is utilized on a daily basis for on-site and interactive distance education.
ILR is home to the Martin P. Catherwood Library, the foremost academic collection on the workplace in North America. The Catherwood Library's print resources include over 232,000 books, journals, pamphlets, and other related materials, including over 4,000 serial and newspaper titles. This collection supports research in nearly every aspect of the workplace and is further complemented by extensive access to electronic resources from around the world. The Library also houses the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives; founded in 1949, the Center is the most venerable archives of its kind. The Library's $1.8 million budget supports 25 librarians, archivists, and other staff members dedicated to collecting, archiving, preserving, and making accessible materials on the world of work. The Library is an official International Labor Organization depository, a distinction shared only with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Cornell students also have access to 20 other outstanding libraries on campus. See the Cornell Library Gateway for more information.
The library's special collections in its Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives are among the most important resources of their kind in the country. Manuscript materials, pamphlets, oral histories, collective bargaining agreements, and other primary materials, including photographs, recordings, and films, are preserved for research purposes. The Kheel Archives contain over 27 million selected documents from labor unions and corporations and is available to researchers and students engaged in historical research.
The ILR school has many world-class centers and institutes that provide research opportunities, seminars, and conferences for graduate students.