The library system at Cornell is one of the ten largest in the US. Mann Library, the library for the College of Human Ecology, was renovated in 2007. Mann, which houses the collections on apparel design, is a state-of-the art facility with over 800,000 print volumes and extensive electronic resources including visual material collections.
Apparel labs used by both undergraduate and graduate students are accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They contain industrial production equipment for wovens and knits, as well as a state-of-the-art thermal bonding machine. The apparel CAD lab provides scanners, printers (with sample fabric printing capability), plotters, and digitizers. Software includes the latest versions of Adobe, Optitex, and Gerber software for graphic design and pattern design, including 3D patternmaking capability.
The Cornell Body Scan Research Group owns two full body scanners, one permanently installed (Human Solutions Vitus XL) and one portable scanner ([TC]2 NX 12) that can be transported for research off campus. A third high resolution scanner, with a smaller scan volume, is shared with the Department of Environmental Analysis. The FSAD/Cornell Body Scan Research Group also owns the latest technology biomechanic research instruments: A full-body inertial sensor motion capture system (Xsens Inc.), surface electromyography sensors (Noraxon Inc.) and in-shoe plantar pressure sensors (Tekscan Inc.). These portable research instruments can be used in both laboratory and outdoor environment.
Fiber science labs include a full range of textile testing equipment in a conditioned lab. A testing unit for characterizing fabrics for 3D virtual design is also available.
The Cornell Costume and Textile Collection is housed in the Department of FSAD and is used regularly for teaching and research. Over 9,000 items include a fashion collection with materials from the 18th century to the present, and a textile collection including Coptic textiles, European examples from the Renaissance and after, a lace collection supported by a major documentary archive in Mann Library, and an ethnographic collection including rare examples from all over the world. The catalogue of the Collection is on line and searchable from any networked computer via the Internet. There is also an online gallery of selected pieces from the collection.
Other labs available to student researchers within the college include the Human Metabolic lab in the Nutrition Division and the SHED (Simulation and Human Engineering Design) lab.
Students may access other University facilities and collections. The Anthropology Department Collection contains many rare items, including a number of Pre Columbian textiles and the Johnson Museum of Fine Art houses not only art works but also some exceptional examples of ethnographic and historic textiles and costume.