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Lost and Found

 Ground Floor, Barton Hall
(walkup window in main hallway)

Due to the ongoing response to the COVID-19 virus, the Cornell Police Department Lost & Found office will be limiting hours and services.  Effective immediately the Lost & Found office will be open on Tuesdays from 8am to 12pm and Thursdays from 12pm to 4pm.  Customers should contact the Lost & Found office by phone, 607-255-7197, or via email, lostandfound@cornell.edu, before coming to the public window to determine if your property has been turned in and is available for return.  Messages and emails will be returned as quickly as possible.  If you receive a message from Lost & Found advising you that the Cornell Police has your property you do not need to contact Lost & Found ahead of time but you must come to the public window during the limited open hours.

The Cornell Police Department is asking that persons who need to come to the public window respect the concept of social distancing while interacting with Lost & Found staff.  If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms we would ask that you seek an alternative method of retrieving your property by contacting Lost & Found by phone or email first.

Also effective immediately, Cornell Police Lost & Found will not be accepting property valued at less than $20.00.  Items such as water bottles, umbrellas, lanyards and other low value items should not be dropped off or forwarded to CUPD Lost & Found.  Valuable property may continue to be dropped off at the drop box at the Lost & Found public window or by other standard means.  This limitation is applicable to all remote Lost & Founds on campus as well.

Limited hours and services will continue until further notice.  Updates and further messages will appear on the webpage.

Before your item is lost:

For items that have identifying numbers, record MAKE, MODEL, and/or SERIAL NUMBER along with WHEN and WHERE purchased.

All items that can be carried, such as electronics, computers, folders, books, notebooks, etc., should have a full phone number and/or e-mail address on a small piece of paper placed on the back of the item. Cover the paper with clear tape if needed to keep the information protected.
We also provide FREE KEY TAGS for the fast, confidential return of your keys.

If your item is lost:

You can either visit or call the office. We recommend checking with us once a month for your missing item(s), as sometimes they take their time getting to us. Here is a list of temporary lost and found areas outside of Barton Hall.

When you find something:

Please bring found items as soon as possible, regardless of perceived value, to the main Barton Hall Lost and Found Office. All items are held, by law, for a minimum of three months beginning from the date they are received by Lost and Found.

NYS PERSONAL PROPERTY LAW, Article 7-B, SEC. 252, requires that all items found on campus with a value of over $20.00 be turned over to the main Lost and Found at G-8 BARTON HALL within 10 DAYS of being found. By making the return of property to the appropriate agency a legal issue, this law expedites the return of property to the rightful owner.