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Alumni Resource Access

How do alumni get access to the library and its resources?

Alumni of the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) and the Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGSMS) are eligible for borrowing privileges at the library.

Alumni of the Medical College must present their alumni card at the Circulation Desk to register for borrowing privileges. Alumni cards are available through the Office of Alumni Relations: (646) 317-7419. Once you have completed the registration process, your alumni card will be barcoded and also serve as a library card. It must be presented to staff each time you enter the library, and at the Circulation Desk each time you wish to borrow material. Please have it with you whenever you come.

Alumni of the Graduate School must present a letter of verification from the Graduate School Office: (212) 746-6565, to library staff at the Circulation Desk. A separate library card will be issued to eligible alumni at that time. This card must then be presented to staff each time you enter the library, and at the Circulation Desk each time you wish to borrow material. Please have it with you whenever you come to the Library.

Please note that alumni privileges do not include Interlibrary Services, TripSaver Requests, off-site access, or access to any of our affiliated institutions.

Why are licensed resources not available for alumni to use from home?

Almost all of the e-journals and databases that the library makes available online have restrictions on use and access, that are specified in the licensing agreements signed by the library and respective publishers and vendors. Access is restricted to faculty, students, staff, employees, and other authorized users. Alumni have not been included as authorized users for remote access. Alumni onsite at the library have access to these resources, as they are all licensed for onsite use.

What resources are available to alumni at home?

All resources on the Electronic Resources page marked "FREE" can be accessed from any location. Alumni who are residents of New York State may be able to access databases, online journals and newspapers from the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library.

What resource access services are available for alumni who don't live in New York?

WCMC Information Services can help you locate other health science libraries which may have the items you need - use the Ask a Reference Question online form. Your local public library may also be able to borrow items for you from libraries around the country, through an interlibrary loan system.