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Computers in the Library

The Library's computers are provided to enable access to library resources and materials, and to support the work and research of the faculty, staff and students of the Weill Cornell Medical College, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and affiliated institutions. Both Macintosh and PC computers are available to users. These computers are attached to the college's network and internet. There is a Computer Commons area on the main level with Macs and PCs, as well as a Computer Lab on the lower level. All computers print to the library's laser printers (black/white and color).

Check out a laptop

Laptop computers can be checked out at the Library Smart Desk for use inside the library.

  • Laptop check out duration is three hours (the approximate battery life).
  • The wireless network can be accessed from anywhere in the library.
  • Laptops offer internet access, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. They print to the laser printers located in the Computer Commons and in the 24/7 area.
  • The treatment and return of the laptop is your responsibility.
  • Please contact Library SmartDesk, for further information.

Laptop Use Eligibility Loan Period Signed Disclaimer Required Software Preinstalled Saving Files
Inside library current ID; current library registration 3 hours No MS Office; Firefox; Internet Explorer; Citrix; Adobe Acrobat Use Public Save Folder on desktop - all other files are erased on restart
Outside Library Current WCMC-NYP ID; Current Library registration; Disclaimer letter on file 3 hours or overnight Yes same Use Public Save Folder on desktop - all other files are erased on restart
Repair Loaners Active ITS case number; Current WCMC-NYP ID; Current Library registration; Disclaimer letter on file 2 weeks Yes same File saving enabled only for duration of loan

Laptops used inside the Library

Laptops for use inside the Library may be checked out for 3 hours to patrons with a current ID card and current Library record in good standing. Laptops may be called back if overdue and all other laptops are in use. Please read our Internet Access and Computer Use policy for information regarding appropriate and lawful use of Library computers.

Laptops used outside the Library

WCMC-NYP patrons may borrow a laptop to use outside the Library if they:

  • have a current ID card, and
  • are currently registered in the Library (this can be done at time of checkout), and
  • their Library record is in good standing, and
  • have completed a disclaimer form that will be kept on file for future loans

The loan period is normally 3 hours. Overnight loans are allowed 3 hours before Library closing but the laptop must be returned within first hour of opening the following day. See Library hours.

Longer loans may be granted on a case-by-case basis upon request. WCM students and WCM/NYP faculty and staff who need a laptop for class or college related work would be given precedence, assuming they have no other viable alternative. These exceptions would be granted at the discretion of the supervisor on duty and will be based, in part, on the number of available laptops for use in the Library that day.

Laptops used as loaners for ITS-tagged computers under repair

Laptops loaned out to patrons whose computers are being repaired by WCM ITS may borrow a laptop if they have the following:

  • a copy of the email from ITS with their case number, and
  • their current WCM ID card
  • are currently registered in the Library (this can be done at time of checkout), and
  • their Library record is in good standing, and
  • a laptop disclaimer form is on file

The default loan period is 2 weeks. However, users are expected to return loaners when their case is resolved. Request for additional time will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

The built-in, “restore at reboot” software can be deactivated by Smart Desk staff before check-out, allowing patrons to save files. However, the laptops will be wiped clean and re-imaged upon check-in, so please do not expect to retrieve files once the laptop has been returned.

Responsible Use

It is the responsibility of the user to return any laptop intact and in working order. You or your department will be responsible for the costs of repair or replacement of any laptop or peripheral due to accident, theft, misuse, loss or neglect. Laptops not returned on time will be considered lost and a bill will be sent immediately.

Replacement fees:

  • Laptop: $1200
  • Power adapter: $65
  • Briefcase: $120

Please read the disclaimer letter carefully for additional liabilities and our Internet Access and Computer Use policy for information regarding appropriate and lawful use of Library computers.

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