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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Student identification

The ID card that you receive at registration identifies you as a member of the Cornell community. This card may be needed for various activities around campus. You may visit and use the libraries, but you may not borrow books. You may use the athletic facilities, but will need a photo ID and your CAU name badge.

Art Museum

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Sunday. While enjoying the exhibits at the museum, be sure to notice the spectacular view of the lake and the valley from the fifth floor. You may want to bring your camera along. For more information, call 607.255.6464.

The Cornell Store

The Cornell Store is open Monday through Friday. Located underground between Day Hall and Sage Hall, the store has books, gifts, art and engineering supplies, snack items, computer supplies, photocopying services, and banking services. For more information, call 607.255.4111.

Exciting performances, thought-provoking lectures

Attend a musical performance or lecture—at no charge! The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions offers a free summer events series that includes musical performances on Tuesday evenings, lectures by top Cornell faculty and others on Wednesday evenings, and concerts on the beautiful Arts Quad on Friday evenings.

Afternoon and evening activities

Events and activities will be posted at Court/Kay Hall.


The Information and Referral Center assists students, faculty, employees, and visitors by answering questions and giving directions, distributing literature, and making referrals to the proper source for more information. The center is located right off the lobby in Day Hall. Call 607.254.4636 for more information about tour times.


Cornell has many fine libraries. The schedules for all the libraries are available at the Court/Kay desk and in the main libraries. The central catalogue for the University Library System is in Olin Library. We're sorry, but it won't be possible for you to borrow materials.


Please note that for all fitness centers and pools you will be required to show your CAU name badge and photo ID, and to sign a log with the gym attendant.

Participants pay golfing and bowling fees personally.

The gymnasium in Helen Newman Hall offers facilities to men and women for basketball, volleyball, and general workouts. Please call 607.255.4261 for gym hours or check the CAU front desk.

The Helen Newman pool is open for coed lane swimming (not suitable for children) at certain hours TBA for July/August.

Helen Newman Hall also houses a bowling alley, Helen Newman Lanes. Call 607.255.4200 for information.

Tennis courts are located on North Campus on Thurston Avenue next to Risley Hall and behind Appel Commons. We can use these tennis courts anytime if no regularly scheduled camp or class is not being held. Additional courts (indoor and outdoor) can be reserved at the Reis Tennis Center Call 607.272.0037 for information.

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University is located just across Pleasant Grove Road and provides an excellent opportunity for golf enthusiasts. For reservations, call 607.254.6531.

Student Unions

The closest community center is Robert Purcell (RPCC); situated on the first floor is Bear Necessities, which offers snacks and sundries. For information, call 607.255.6280.

Bailey Hortorium

Situated on the fourth floor of the Mann Library building, Bailey Hortorium administers collections of tropical and subtropical plants, including 800,000 dried specimens. The Bailey Hortorium Conservatory Greenhouse, located next to Minn's Garden, houses a living tropical plant collection. We suggest calling 607.255.2131 before you go.

Sapsucker Woods

The Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology is situated in Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, three miles from campus. The lab is a leading international center for the study and conservation of birds. Visitors are welcome. The Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary has four and a half miles of trails that wind through different woodland habitats. The trails are open every day, dawn to dusk. For additional information, call 607.254.2473.

Cornell Botanic Gardens

A museum of living plants and natural history resources, Cornell Botanic Gardens encompasses the arboretum, botanical garden, and natural area of Cornell University, totaling nearly three thousand acres, including woodlands and gorges bordering the central campus and Beebe Lake.

Botanic gardens and grounds are open to the public from sunrise to sunset; admission is free.