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Library Access

Who has access to the Samuel J. Wood Library?

*Please be advised:  In order to remain in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the library has temporarily restricted onsite library access to primary users only. Please continue to check our COVID-19 Library Service Updates page or contact us at (646) 962-2570 for any changes.

All students, faculty, and staff of Weill Cornell Medical College and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, as well as all staff of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and affiliated institutions, have access to the library.

The library is not open to the general public or to patients of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital or their families.

Alumni of the Medical College must show an alumni card from the Office of Alumni Relations for access to the Library.

Alumni of the Graduate School must present a letter of verification from the Graduate School Office. A separate library card will be issued to eligible alumni at that time.

Members of the Center Alumni Council must show a current membership card.

Alumni of Cornell Ithaca must register at the circulation desk.

If I'm not affiliated with the Samuel J. Wood Library, where can I go to find medical information?

The Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center (PRC) serves patients, their families, and caregivers. Prominently located on the second floor of the Weill Greenberg Center at 1305 York Ave, the PRC is staffed with a Consumer Health Librarian who provides reliable and up-to-date health information. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PRC is opened on a limited basis from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday. The PRC is closed on Mondays. 2 public computers are available for use for 30 minutes per person per day. Masks are required at all times.

The public may also use, by appointment, The New York Academy of Medicine Library: 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, (212) 822-7315.

Do Weill Cornell Medical College staff have access to the libraries of Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Hospital for Special Surgery?

All registered patrons of the Samuel J. Wood Library have physical access and borrowing privileges at the libraries of our primary affiliates. A current ID card must be presented when you visit.

However, Weill Cornell users are not entitled to remotely access electronic resources subscribed to exclusively by an affiliate. Please check the OneSearch Catalog for material owned jointly or submit an interlibrary loan request.


What is the Diethelm Library and how can I get access to its collection?

The Oskar Diethelm Library is a special collection dealing with the history of psychiatry. It is part of WCMC's Institute for the History of Psychiatry and includes approximately 50,000 titles dealing with psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, mesmerism, spiritualism, phrenology, witchcraft and related topics. Journal holdings include long back runs of psychiatric journals as well as current journals dealing with the history of medicine, psychiatry, and psychology. Archival holdings include the papers of numerous organizations and individuals.

The Oskar Diethelm Library is open to qualified researchers in the history of psychiatry and related fields. Contact Nicole Topich, Special Collections Librarian: (212) 746-3728, for more information or to make an appointment to use the library. The reading room of the Oskar Diethelm Library is located in Room F-1212, Baker Pavilion, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, 525 E. 68th St., New York, NY, 10021 - and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


How do I find books, journals or other materials?

To find the location of a book or journal at the library, search OneSearch, the joint online catalog of Weill Cornell Medical Library. The e-Resources page contains links to some electronic resources not listed in OneSearch.

How do I check out books, journals or other materials?

All WCM/NYPH ID holders are automatically entered into the Library’s patron database. Just bring your ID card to the SMARTDesk.

For additional information, please see our circulation and renewal policies.

How do I renew my library materials without going to the library?

1) You can renew current items yourself by going to OneSearch and logging into your account.

2) Click on "My Library Card"

3) Click on "Loans"

You can also renew library materials, either current or up to seven days overdue, by contacting the Library SMARTDesk.

How can I get a copy of an article from a journal volume, which has a catalog status of "Repair"?

Please make this request at the circulation desk. A library assistant will ask you to fill out a form for repair items. The guaranteed turnaround time is 24 hours. A second assistant can also prepare a photocopy of the article for you. Check OneSearch for electronic versions or copies at Memorial Sloan Kettering or Rockefeller University Library. If no other copies are available, you can request the item through Interlibrary Loan.

What if the library doesn't own the journal or book I want?

Staff, students or faculty with a current ID from NYP-WCMC, or anyone sponsored with full borrowing privileges, may request an interlibrary loan for journal articles, books or other materials not in our collection. You may submit requests online.


What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is your one-stop shop for accessing a wide range of content belonging to Weill Cornell and our partners at Rockefeller University (RU) and Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSKCC).

With OneSearch, you can:

  • Access full text articles, chapters, e-books, and our physical collection 
  • Access all WCM content, as well as RU and MSKCC physical offerings
  • Manage your library account, renewals, and requests in one, easy to navigate location

Whom do I contact if I can't log in to my account?

If you are having problems with your account. Please contact our support team using any of the methods here:

How do I save a search in OneSearch?

If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker.

1) Sign In

2) Click on "Save Query"

3) Turn on notifications if desired

How do I save an item in OneSearch?

You can save individual records in OneSearch with the touch of a button.

1) Sign In

2) Click the thumbtack icon from the search results or the indivual record


How do I export a reference from OneSearch

You can easily export, print, or email records from OneSearch:

1) From the search results, click on the '...' symbol

2) Export using your desired method

OR Export using your desired method from within the item record

I am a MSK or Rockefeller employee, can I log in to OneSearch?

While you might be used to logging in to one catalog website shared between Weill Cornell, MSK, and Rockefeller, we now maintain three separate instances of the catalog. You can log into your local institutions catalog by going to your library's home pages:

Finding Information You Need

How do I find a list of articles on a particular topic or by a certain author?

To find a list of articles on a particular topic, search a bibliographic database such as PubMed. Bibliographic databases can be searched in many ways, including by author, keyword, and Medical Subject Headings. PubMed is a great place to start, but the library has online bibliographic databases specific to many disciplines, including Aging (AGELINE), Alternative Medicine (AMED), Behavioral Sciences (PsycINFO), Chemistry (SciFinder), and Nursing (CINAHL). The list of databases is available on the e-Resources page.

My list of article citations contains abbreviations for the journal titles. How can I find the full name of the journals?

When searching abbreviated journal titles, the Journal Browser feature of PubMed can help you. Simply type in the abbreviation from your list. The results will contain the full title, which you can then use to search the library's catalog, OneSearch. Please note: always use the full title of the journal when searching OneSearch. If you search the catalog for an abbreviation of a journal title, many times the only entry that will come up is one at Rockefeller's Library.

How can I find a scale, test, or questionnaire I need to use in my research?

The library offers many resources you can use to search for this type of information. They are as follows:

In addition to information about obtaining tests, it is also possible to find summaries of a test, articles about a test, and sometimes the test itself reprinted in other publications. The American Psychological Association's FAQ: Finding Information About Psychological Tests may also be useful.

Please keep in mind copyright regulations when using these resources. More information about these regulations can be found on the Copyright Resources at Weill Cornell page.

How can I find the complete citation for a book chapter, conference proceedings, or meeting abstracts?

The library has compiled a list of websites and databases, that you can search for book chapters, meeting abstracts, and proceedings information. If you need assistance, please contact the SMARTDesk.

How can I find an article from a recent issue of the New York Times?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library's subscription to the paper version of The New York Times was suspended until further notice. The library does not have a subscription to the digital version.  However, users can access full-text content of recent issues of The New York Times through several e-resources via the library's OneSearch.

How can I find scientific images for my projects and presentations?

The Samuel J. Wood Library has compiled a guide to finding images on the web or in print. Many sites allow free use of the images for teaching and educational purposes, but you should always read the terms of use. Each site generally lists its own terms and conditions for use of its images.

How can I find a Weill Cornell Medical College/Graduate School dissertation?

Full-text PDF dissertations from recent years are available online from ProQuest. Dissertations not available from ProQuest are held in the Medical Center Archives(212) 746-6072 //

How do I find the Impact Factor of a journal? Is there a way to find this information online?

Impact factors are published via Journal Citation Reports (JCR). JCR is a unique tool for journal evaluation, using citation data drawn from over 12,000 journals in science, technology, and social sciences, from more than 3,000 publishers worldwide. Access the JCR online for data from the last two years using e-Resourcesor directly. The JCR can show you the highest-impact journals, most frequently used journals, and largest journals available. The journal impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a particular year, helping to evaluate a journal's relative importance, especially compared to others in the same field. The impact factor is calculated by dividing the number of current citations from an article published in the two previous years, by the total number of articles published in the two previous years.

How can I obtain a copy of the Cornell Medical Index?

The Cornell Medical Index (CMI) is out-of-print and no longer available. If you have further questions concerning the CMI, please refer to a brief history of the Cornell Medical Index, or contact the Archives.

I have a veterinary medicine question; can you help with questions about animal treatment?

The Samuel J. Wood Library does have access to some databases with veterinary medicine information, however, the main Cornell veterinary literature collection is at the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library in Ithaca. PubMed, from the National Library of Medicine, is an additional free resource used to search for online medical and veterinary literature. This database includes humans and animals, so be sure to specify the animal species in your search.

How can I subscribe to Women's Nutrition Connection (formerly Food & Fitness Advisor) or Women's Health Advisor?

Weill Cornell Medical College is responsible for the content of Women's Nutrition Connection (formerly Food & Fitness Advisor) and Women's Health Advisor, but does not handle subscriptions. Please contact their distributors:

Women's Nutrition Connection (formerly Food & Fitness Advisor)

P.O. Box 8535

Big Sandy, TX 75755-8535


Women's Health Advisor

P.O. Box 8535

Big Sandy, TX 75755-8535


Print copies are also available in the library.

Accessing Online Resources

What does the message "You are connected from outside the Weill Cornell Medical College network" mean?

When accessing the Library's website from outside the Weill Cornell network, users will see the message "You are connected from outside the Weill Cornell Medical College network" below the search panel on the library's homepage.  Authorized users will need to authenticate using EZproxy to access library resources. 

To determine if you have access to EZproxy, click on a library resource that requires authentication. If you are unable to log in, see How to use EZproxy and visit the EZproxy FAQ page for additional information and questions.

How can I get access to the Weill Cornell Medical College electronic journals and databases from home?

Weill Cornell Medical College faculty, students, and staff are eligible to access e-resources from home or off-campus by using the library's EZproxy Remote Access Service.  Please refer to How to use EZproxy and visit the EZproxy FAQ page for additional information and questions.

If you are a NewYork-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center resident or clinical fellow, please read this FAQ. If you are any other NYP employee, remote access to licensed library resources is not available. However, remote access to non-library, hospital network resources is possible. Please refer to Core Resources VPN Access for details.

Some library e-resources are freely available online and can be accessed via OneSearch, our catalog of holdings, and PubMed, the premier index of biomedical literature. Other publicly available resources are marked as "free" within e-Resources.

Those interested in learning about a growing movement to make scholarly literature available online, free of charge, are invited to read our Guide to Open Access.

As an NYP-WCMC resident or clinical fellow, do I have remote access?

Yes, we're pleased to offer remote electronic resource access to NYP-WCMC residents and clinical fellows. You can now connect to our extensive collection of e-journals, e-books, and clinical/research tools - including AccessMedicine, Clinical Evidence, MICROMEDEX, Scopus, and Web of Science - from any location using the library's EZproxy Remote Access Service.

See How to use EZproxy and visit the EZproxy FAQ page for additional information and questions. 

NOTE: VPN Client enabled on mobile devices will continue to provide remote access to library content on mobile Apps.

What e-resources are not available from home or outside the network?

Currently, Lexi-comp is the only resource that cannot be accessed via EZproxy Remote Access Service.  Please register for the mobile app while on-campus for off-campus use.  

Where can I find a list of your electronic journals?

Find the most up-to-date listing of our electronic journals here. If you encounter issues or have any other questions, please contact the SMARTDesk.

How can I print or download full-text articles from electronic journals? Which version should I choose?

Most electronic journal publishers give you a choice of PDF or HTML versions of their articles. With the article on-screen, you can use the browser's Print or Save commands to print or download that article. The PDF version is generally recommended in order to produce an exact printed copy of the article, as well as maintain pagination and chart size/placement. Free Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required to view PDF files.

HTML versions produce regular web pages, and do not require any additional software. Drawbacks of HTML include inconsistent page numbering, and graphics separated as files that have to be enlarged and/or printed separately. Benefits of HTML include the ability to copy and paste text into other documents, as well as download or enlarge graphics.

What is the difference between PubMed and Ovid?

Both of these products provide access to MEDLINE. PubMed is a database containing MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE (citations provided to the database from publishers before the citations are edited and subject headings are added), and other literature citations created and produced by the National Library of Medicine.

Ovid Technologies provides separate software for searching a variety of databases including MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, EBM (Evidence Based Medicine) Reviews, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (literature reviewed for excellence in research methodology), Cancerlit, CINAHL (Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature), and EMBASE (Excerpta Medica Database, a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database well known for its international scope). Ovid's interface allows one to run the same search across multiple databases. This feature enhances the results by taking advantage of the unique focus of these various databases.

Advantages and limitations exist for both PubMed and Ovid interfaces. Classes and consultations are provided by librarians, in order to use these resources to your best advantage.

Where can I find a medical dictionary online?

Stedman's Medical Dictionary via STAT!Ref is recommended. Search or Browse for Stedman's via the e-Resources tab on the library's home page. On the STAT!Ref homepage, find "Dictionary" at the top of the page.

The Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary is another free, online resource.

Interlibrary Services (aka Interlibrary Loan)

Where do I place an interlibrary loan request?

Library patrons can place requests online, using the Interlibrary Loan Request Form

How long do I have to wait for an interlibrary loan request to be filled?

Plan ahead when requesting materials. The time taken for a request to be filled depends on several factors that are mostly under the control of the library from which we are requesting.  Requests for articles are filled electronically, usually within 1-2 business days.  Requests for monographs can require a longer time period, depending upon the availablilty of the item and method of delivery.  Feel free to check with Interlibrary Services: (646) 962-2560, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday-Friday, regarding the status of a request that you have submitted.

What if I have an urgent interlibrary loan request?

Requests involving clinical emergencies or immediate patient care can often be filled within hours.  Call the Interlibrary Loan Office: (646) 962-2560, for more information.

How will I know when an interlibrary loan request is ready for me to pick up?

When the requested item arrives, patrons are notified via phone or email, as indicated on the request form.

How do I log in and make an interlibrary loan request for the first time?

  1. Find the Interlibrary Loan Tripsaver Request Form here.  Click on the button that corresponds with the institution with which you are affiliated (Weill Cornell Medicine or New York-Presbyterian)
  2. Log in as a first-time User. Your login email is the same email address that serves as your campus wide identification number (CWID).  Example: or .
  3. When signing in as a first-time user, your initial password will be the same password you use to log in to institutional programs, such as Microsoft Outlook, email, etc. This field is case-sensitive. After having entered your password, click the "Login" button. This will take you to the "Change Personal Information" screen.
  4. Provide the requested information. Fields marked with an asterisk *must* be filled in. When you're done, click the "Submit Information" button.
  5. You may change your personal information at any time by scrolling to "Tools" at the bottom of the sidebar and clicking on the “Update Account Information” button.

If you are having problems logging, possible solutions may include:

  • Re-entering your email.  See Step 2 above.
  • Re-entering your password, making certain that you are using the correct case (and that CAPS LOCK is not on).
  • If you still cannot log in, please speak to our colleagues in the Interlibrary Services Department at (646) 962-2560. 
  • Password-related issues can be resolved by our colleagues at the Circulation/SMARTDesk.  While a personal visit is recommended, they are also available by phone: (212) 746-GURU.


Meeting Rooms

How can I request a meeting or computer room at Weill Cornell Medical College?

The WCMC/NYP community has a range of options for reserving rooms:

For the Samuel J. Wood Library Computer Lab, use the Computer Lab Reservation Form.

For the Samuel J. Wood Library Collaboration Room, use the Collaboration Room Reservation Form.

Founded in 2008, the Event Services Office provides centralized scheduling, event support, and a wide array of technological services in support of Weill Cornell Medical College. The Event Services Office can be reached from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday: (212) 746-4706. General inquiries can be sent to the ESO via email.

Wireless Access, Computing, and Software

How do I connect to the Internet with my personal laptop?

Weill Cornell Medicine's wireless network service provides laptop and mobile users with fast and secure access to email and web-based services. It is available in most campus buildings, listed as "WCMC".  In order to access the WCMC Secure Network, users will first need to have their laptops “tagged” by ITS. If you are an employee and need to tag your laptop or tablet, your Department Administrator will need to submit a “computer connection request” here which should include a fund number. You will also need to make an appointment with ITS here.

ITS has implemented eduroam, a new wireless service for visitors of the Weill Cornell campus. Users who have eduroam at their home institution can access wireless internet at Weill Cornell with their own credentials. WCM users can access wireless at any institution that participates in eduroam. Click here for instructions on how to connect to eduroam.

A guest network is also available to visitors on campus who do not have access to eduroam wireless.

Please direct all wireless access inquiries to ITS at (212) 746-4878 or For additional information, please visit ITS Wireless Networks.

Can I print from my wireless laptop in the Samuel J. Wood Library?

Personal wireless laptop printing is available with very limited functions through “Web Print” via PaperCut. Once you log in, click Web Print on the bottom left, follow the on-screen instructions, and select “Library - first floor” as the printer. Please be advised that color and single-sided printing are not available via Web Print. If you need to print in the library, we highly recommend you use a desktop computer or visit the SMARTDesk to check out a laptop in order to access the full range of printing options.

Is there free wireless printing anywhere in the Medical College?

ITS does not provide any public network printer available at this time. Please direct all inquires for wireless network printing to ITS.

How can I print in the Library?

All computers in the library can print in black and white and color. The printers are located in the Library Commons on the first floor, just past the SMARTDesk and in the 24/7 Study Room. A PaperCut account is required to print. For more information please visit Print and Photocopying.

Where can I connect my laptop to a power outlet in the library?

The best places to connect your laptop to a power outlet are the study carrels in the sunken reading room. The outlets are under a removable wooden strip at the head of each desk. A few carrels in the stacks (on the side wall) have outlets in the task light under the carrel shelf.

Where can I scan documents in the library?

You can scan documents on both Library printers. The printers are located in the Library Commons on the first floor, just past the SMARTDesk and in the 24/7 Study Room. Scanning is free but a PaperCut account is required to log into the printer. After logging into the printer with your PaperCut credentials, press the Use Device Functions button in the middle of the screen to enable the scanning tab at the top of the screen.  Press the scanning tab to access the printers scanning mode. 

My screen-reading browser cannot read PDFs. How can I get PDFs converted to something useable like HTML or plain text?

Accessibility Tools for Adobe PDF documents provide several options for helping visually impaired users read PDF files using screen-reading applications. Please visit Adobe Accessibility for more information. The Adobe Acrobat Access View plug-in for Windows can be downloaded here. Mac OS users, or those using shared computers, can convert PDF files to text or HTML by using the email or web-based submission tools available at Online Conversion Tools for Adobe PDF Documents.

How do I download free full text with EndNote?

EndNote X2 (and more recent versions) automate the task of locating full text files on the web, by using bibliographic data stored in reference. Once found, EndNote downloads and attaches the PDF to the reference. EndNote X2 uses several methodologies when searching for the full text of scholarly journal articles and conference proceedings. Depending on the subject area and recency of publication, this feature can work for more than half of one's citations.

To set up Find Full Text:

  • From the "Edit" Menu, choose "Preferences"
  • Choose "Find Full Text" from the choices on the left.
  • Check all four of the boxes for full text search options.
  • For "OpenURL Path", enter:

Download EndNote X2 Full Text

Download EndNote X2 Full Text

To use Find Full Text, either pull down the "References" menu and choose the "Find Full Text" command, or right-click on a reference and choose it.

To manually add a PDF attachment, go to the top menu of EndNote and select "References". Then select "File Attachments" and finally "Attach File". More recent versions of EndNote also allow manually adding full text by dragging a PDF file and dropping it on top of a record.

Using the Print and Photocopy System (PaperCut)

Where are the printers/copiers and how do I use them?

There are two printer/copiers in the library. They are located in the Library Commons on the first floor, just past the SMARTDesk and in the 24/7 Study Room. A PaperCut account is required to print. Please visit Print and Photocopying for full details about printing and photocopying in the Samuel J. Wood Library, as well as the Memorial Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller, and Hospital for Special Surgery Libraries.

What is the cost of printing and photocopying in the library?

The charges per exposure are:

  • Black & white printing: 10 cents
  • Color printing: 50 cents

WCM medical students, 1st and 2nd year PhD students, PA students and Computational Biology students are credited with a $20 PaperCut printing allotment each week. These funds are refreshed each Sunday evening and can be used for printing in the Library, Olin Hall, in the Ed Center, at the PRC or in the BRB. Students who have problems with their allotments should contact the Education Technologies Group (ETG) by navigating to myHelpdesk ( or by sending an email to

How do I create a PaperCut account?

You can create a PaperCut account through the WCM print management system at Click on the Register as a New User link in the bottom, right corner of the login box to create a new account.

How do I add value to my PaperCut account?

Add cash value by using the Add Value Station in the Library Commons. The Add Value Station accepts $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills. They do not make change.

We regret that cash refunds cannot be given under any circumstance, even if you are leaving the institution, so please keep this in mind when putting money into your PaperCut account.

How do I get a refund on my PaperCut account?

We will be happy to refund your PaperCut account for any bad copies made due to printer malfunction. Please bring the bad copies to the SmartDesk, and we will reimburse you by adding value to your account.

We regret that cash refunds cannot be given under any circumstance, even if you are leaving the institution, so please keep this in mind when putting money into your PaperCut account.

Why does the library charge for printing services?

The library needs to recover costs for paper, toner, and maintenance of its printers. Charging for printing also reduces paper wastage.

Library Statistics & Annual Reports

How can I obtain library collection statistics for grant applications?

For the purpose of completing grant applications, the library keeps a record of collection statistics.

Are the library's annual reports available online?

The library's annual reports are available within Annual Reports and Publications.


Who provides the artwork on display in the library?

The Weill Cornell Medical Library curates three art shows per year, beginning in the fall with the Medical Complex Art Show. This show displays the works of faculty, staff and students of the Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University. Works from members of local art groups are featured in the winter, spring and summer shows. For information about library art shows, please visit Art in the Library.

How can I have my artwork displayed in the library?

Students, staff and faculty members - of the Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University - can submit up to six photographs or slides for the Medical Complex Art Show. An annual "Call for Art" is issued in early fall. Individuals not affiliated with these institutions, but who are members of a local art group, are welcome to contact the library about the possibility of a show. Additional information can be found in the Library Art Show Guidelines. If you have further questions, please email General information about the artwork in the library can be found here.

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. Additionally, inside of OneSearch, the library catalog, alumni can filter literature results by using the 'Open Access' filter. Links to possible freely available versions are also included in each article record, though this is not always accurate.

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.

Using the GET IT button

What is GET IT?


The GET IT button provides direct links, from citations in selected databases to full texts, if available. GET IT also provides links to other services, such as Interlibrary Loan, in a menu format. Service options will vary among citations, but if the library subscribes to the online full text, GET IT will link to the full text of the article. 

How do I use GET IT?

As you are searching through Weill Cornell Medical Library databases, look for the GET IT button to access additional content. 

Video tutorial: How to Find Full-Text Articles While Off-Campus

Clicking on the GET IT button will open a new browser window with a menu of available services. From this menu you will be able to:

  • Link directly to the full text of the article, if the library has a subscription.
  • Check the OneSearch online catalog for the availability of the printed material in the Weill Cornell Medical Library.
  • Check the OneSerach online catalog for the availability of the material in either electronic or print format at the Rockefeller University Library (RUL), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Library (MSK), and/or Hospital for Special Surgery Library (HSS)
  • Make an interlibrary loan request via our TripSaver service, if neither the full text or the printed version is available.
  • Perform an ISI Web of Knowledge author search.
  • Export your citation to your RefWorks, EndNote or Reference Manager software.
  • Access a GET IT frequently asked questions list.
  • Send your questions or comments to the Library's Information Desk.

What should I do if there is no full text available from this service?

Full text is not always available electronically, either because the publisher doesn't make it available or because the library doesn't subscribe to it. In this case, GET IT will check Tri-Cat to see if the library has the item in print format. If the print version is not available, the link server will allow you to request the item through Interlibrary Loan.

Why does GET IT sometimes show more than one option? Which one should I pick?

If GET IT cannot tell exactly which journal you need, it may show you multiple journal titles and ISSNs. In addition, many times GET IT will find several sources that included the item you want. In both cases, scan through the list in the order which it is presented, until you locate the desired option.

When I click to get full text, sometimes I end up on the journal's home page or table of contents. Can't I go directly to the article?

GET IT is programmed to get as 'close' to the full-text as it can. The journal publisher controls whether a direct link to the article is available. For certain publications, you will have to navigate through the publisher's web site to get to the article you're looking for.

When I try to get the full text, I get a screen telling me the item is not found. Why? What should I do?

Sometimes problems occur in relation to mapping the article citation. In this situation, look for a search screen at the publisher's site and search for your article. Try searching for the item by author or title. In some cases, the article is not available in the source (eg. supplements). If you search and find nothing, check OneSearch for print holdings, or request an Interlibrary Loan.

I clicked on GET IT, but the menu doesn't appear. What's wrong? Could it be my pop-up blocker?

This problem may arise if you are using a "pop-up" blocker program. We recommend disabling any pop-up blocking software you may be running when using the GET IT service. If your popup blocker software allows you to specify a domain for which pop-ups are acceptable, you may wish to add the Weill Cornell Medical Library URL to the list. Please refer to help files associated with your pop-up blocking software for further information about adding domains and pop-up disabling.

Why don't I see the GET IT button?

The GET IT button is not available in all Weill Cornell Medical Library e-Resource databases. If the GET IT button is enabled for your particular database, try the troubleshooting suggestions below:

If JavaScript is disabled in your browser, re-enable JavaScript. To re-enable JavaScript in Netscape: select EDIT, then PREFERENCES from the menu bar. Under ADVANCED, select ENABLE JAVASCRIPT. Click OK. Click on RELOAD to see the changed results. To re-enable JavaScript in Internet Explorer 5: select INTERNET OPTIONS from the TOOLS menu. Within the INTERNET OPTIONS window, select the SECURITY tab, then click on CUSTOM LEVEL. Scroll to JAVA PERMISSIONS and click to select HIGH SAFETY. Click OK to close the SECURITY SETTINGS window, then OK again to close the INTERNET OPTIONS window. Re-launch the browser to ensure the changes have taken effect.

Clear your computer's cache. In Netscape, go to Edit/Preferences/Advanced/Cache and clear the memory and disk cache. In IE, select Tools/Internet Options and then under the General tab, select Delete Temporary Internet Files.

Why did my session 'time out' while using GET IT?

Your session will time out according to the parameters of the database. (For example, Ovid databases time out after 20 minutes of inactivity.) If you are viewing full-text via a GET IT window, the database will consider this inactivity. Please be aware of these time constraints, or the database session may close, and you will lose your search.

Who can use GET IT?

Any user connected to the New York Presbyterian-Weill Medical College of Cornell University network has access to GET IT. Please read our statement concerning Rights & Restrictions to the Use of Electronic Resources.

Can I use this service from off campus?

Yes, provided you have dialed into the network, activated VPN on your computer, or logged in using EZProxy.

In what databases does GET IT appear?

PubMed, Ovid (select databases), Faculty of 1000, and Web of Science, among others.


What is EZproxy?

EZproxy is a service that allows Weill Cornell's current faculty, students, staff and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's residents and fellows to remotely access the library's subscribed (paid) electronic content such as e-journals, e-books, and other e-resources while off-campus. EZproxy is replacing WebVPN and VPN for remote access to the library's resources.

Who can use EZproxy?

EZproxy is available to:

  • people with active academic appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College, such as faculty, postdocs, fellows, research associates, etc.
  • employees of Weill Cornell Medicine
  • temporary employees at Weill Cornell Medicine
  • residents and fellows for the East/WCM campus of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP-Weill Cornell)

Can I still use VPN to access library resources?

Yes, but only until January 9, 2017. After that, VPN will require you to re-authenticate with EZproxy to use library resources. See How to use EZproxy for additional information. 

NOTE: VPN Client enabled on mobile devices will continue to provide remote access to library content on mobile Apps.

Why am I not authorized to use EZproxy?

Most of the library's electronic resources are governed by license agreements between Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) and publishers. Our authorized users are current faculty, students, staff and NYP-Weill Cornell residents/fellows.  After January 9, 2017, WebVPN/VPN will no longer provide remote access to library resources, but will redirect you to EZproxy.

If you are an authorized user and unable to login to EZproxy, please contact the ITS Service Desk with the following information: 

  • Which resource(s) are you trying to access?

  • Where are you physically located? (e.g., Lower Manhattan, NYP-Queens, at home, etc.)

  • What is your current status with WCM and/or NYP-Weill Cornell? (e.g., WCM Volunteer, NYP-WCM Resident/Fellow, student).

You may also request access to EZproxy using this form.

Why am I being asked by a publisher website to pay or login for access to library content?

Check whether the website URL has in it. If it does not, try putting in front of it.

For example: If your URL is, your new URL should look like this:

If it does have EZproxy in it, please contact the ITS Service Desk with the following information:

  • Which resource(s) were you trying to access? Please copy and paste the page's URL or provide a screenshot.

  • Where were you physically located? (e.g., Lower Manhattan, NYP-Queens, at home, etc.) 

Why isn't EZproxy working?

ITS performs routine maintenance on college-wide servers, including EZproxy, at various times. Check your email or the ITS website for a maintenance notification. If you experience service problems at any other time, try restarting your browser or clearing your browser history/cache/cookies. You could also consider switching browsers. If you continue to experience problems, please contact the ITS Service Desk with the following information:

  • Which resource(s) are you trying to access? Please copy and paste the page's URL or provide a screenshot.

  • Where are you physically located? (e.g., Lower Manhattan, NYP-Queens, at home, etc.) 

How do I make my own EZproxy links? (e.g. articles, ebooks, Canvas, etc.)

If you want to create links that will pass through our EZproxy service,  you must modify the URL by putting the EZproxy URL  in front of it.

For example: If your URL is, your new URL should look like this:

Why do I get a "hostname" error message?

A "hostname" error means that the resource has not yet been configured on the EZProxy server. In some cases, the publisher has changed their URL address and we need to update EZproxy. Please contact the ITS Service Desk with the following information:

  • Which resource(s) were you trying to access? Please copy and paste the page's URL or provide a screenshot.

Why is there no option to choose between Weill Cornell or NYP when using EZproxy?

If you don't see the page to select WCM or NYP, you need to click this link to clear the browser memory. Alternatively, you can clear your browser history/cache.

Why am I able to access some e-resources without logging into EZproxy?

The library provides links to some full text journals and other resources that are freely available to anyone on the Internet, either for a limited time or permanently.  If you click on a free resource on the library's website, you will not be prompted to login to EZproxy. We will only require you to login for subscribed/paid content.

How do I connect to EZproxy from off-campus?

No set up is required. When you click on a library resource that requires EZproxy, you will be prompted to login. Your session will remain active for two hours. You can log out of EZproxy by quitting your browser.

Whom should I contact, if I have more questions about EZproxy?

Please contact the ITS Service Desk.

How can I use a bookmarklet with EZproxy?

A bookmarklet allows you to connect to EZproxy without first going to the library's website. By using the remote access bookmarklet, you can log into EZproxy and identify yourself to the resource publisher as an authorized Weill Cornell user.

How to Install/Add the Bookmarklet

Drag the button below to your browser's bookmarks toolbar. Then, just click it any time you want to access your current page via EZProxy

If you are having problems dragging the Bookmarlet above then try "Right Click" on your mouse for other options to save the bookmark.

Why am I unable to access a resource on the library's website?

If you are having problems accessing a resource(s) on the library's website, here are some possible solutions:

#1:  Clear your browser history, cache, and cookies.

Visit this page for assistance (from Cornell Ithaca)

#2: Do not use WebVPN. Instead go directly to the library's website.

#3: Try changing to a different browser.

If you continue to have a problems, please contact the ITS Service Desk with the following information:

  • Which resource(s) were you trying to access? Please copy and paste the page's URL or provide a screenshot.

  • Where were you physically located? (e.g., Lower Manhattan, NYP-Queens, at home, etc.) 

May I share my login credentials with a non-Weill Cornell collaborator?

NO. Sharing your CWID and password violates WCM's Policy 11.15 - Password Policy and Guidelines and makes Weill Cornell liable for any violation of our license agreements. Never give your CWID and password to anyone. You are liable for all transactions associated with your CWID.  If you would like your collaborator to have access for a limited period of time, please have him/her submit our EZproxy Request Form.

What does the message "File missing: docs/suspend.htm" mean?

This message appears when EZproxy detects excessive downloading of electronic content. This restriction protects our EZproxy server from excessive downloading by robots or other mechanisms.  Our license agreements do not allow for systematic or bulk downloading. 

If you get this message, it means you have exceeded the 500MB downloading allowed within 15 minutes. The EZproxy suspension will end after about two hours.

Can alumni use our EZproxy Remote Access service?

No, remote access to most of our licensed electronic resources is restricted to current Weill Cornell faculty, students and staff.  However, some resources allow free access. Please visit our Alumni Services page for more details.

How can I request access to EZproxy?

Please check your access before submitting a request.

To check if you have access, please try logging in from off campus here.  If you received a message that you are not authorized, you may submit a request:

 EZproxy Request Form.