Three Simple Ways to the Alternatives Library

If your not a regular Cornell pedestrian, you’re likely to have a few barriers to visiting the Durland Alternatives Library.  Just remember, the good things aren’t always the easiest. We’re a true gem, tucked away in a HUGE castle-of-a-building, Anabel Taylor Hall. Alas! Don’t fret… Here are three proven methods of achieving the Alternatives Library experience […]

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Alternatives Library Summer Hours;

7 Days a Week
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free Parking on Weekends

*Open Late on Sundays 7-11pm during Bound for Glory

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Library News

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Flamingo Rampant!

Flamingo Rampant is a micro-press with a mission – to produce feminist, racially-diverse, LGBTQ positive children’s books. This is an effort to bring visibility and positivity to the reading landscape of children everywhere. We make books kids love that love them right back, bedtime stories for beautiful dreams, and books that make kids of all […]

2015-06 - Tompkins Weekly clipping Alternatives Library Marks Milestone

Alternatives Library Marks Milestone

Eric Banford, writer for Tompkins Weekly, published an article about our 40th Anniversary Celebration. Read it here,

CUSLAR books

CUSLAR : New books, upcoming events, and discussion

[ March 19, 2015; 3:00 pm; ] At the next Alternatives Cafe we will be joined by Tim Shenk, the coordinator of CUSLAR, to discuss upcoming events and new books added to their collection at the library. As always, refreshments are provided as part of the Alternatives Cafe!
March 19th – 3:00 – 4:00pm
at the Durland Alternatives Library
127 Anabel Taylor Hall
The Committee on […]


Farming the Woods : Presentation by Steve Gabriel

[ March 26, 2015; 2:00 pm; ] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Book Talk : Steve Gabriel, author of Farming the Woods : An integrated permaculture approach to growing food and medicinals in temperate forests.

Date : Thursdsay, March 26th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location : at the Durland Alternatives Library – 127 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Campus, Ithaca NY

Description: Steve Gabriel, author of Farming the Woods will […]


Since in 1974, the Durland Alternatives Library has been providing materials which are not commonly found through mainstream media channels. With our vast collection of books, zines, documentaries, feature films, music, books on tape/cd, and periodicals, we create a space that nurtures dialogue and promotes a radical, “connect the dots” approach to social change. Learn More About

The Alternatives Library is a project partner of the Center for Transformative Action


Open 7 Days a Week!
Monday - Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm*
Friday 11:00 am - 6:00pm
Weekends (Sat, Sun) 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

PARKING: Free parking after 5pm & all day weekends! Otherwise, metered parking across the street at Williard Straight Hall.

*Open Late on Sundays 7-11pm during Bound for Glory.

Our hours are subject to change during semester breaks.
Feel free to call anytime, 607-255-6486


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You may also renew your items by e-mailing or by phone 607-255-6486 Most items have a 2 time renewal limit.

You can return your materials after hours in our drop box in Anabel Taylor Hall, Greenstar Co-op, or at any Finger Lakes Library System library.


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