Library Access

Who has access to the Samuel J. Wood Library?

 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. The PRC is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The PRC is closed on Mondays. Two public computers are available for 30 minutes per person per day. Masks are required at all times.

The New York Academy of Medicine Library, located at 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, (212) 822-7315, is also open to the public by appointment.

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

Weill Cornell users are not entitled to remote access to electronic resources exclusively subscribed to by an affiliate. Please check the OneSearch Catalog for material owned jointly or submit an interlibrary loan request for items we do not own.

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 in psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, mesmerism, spiritualism, phrenology, witchcraft, and related topics. Journal holdings include long back runs of psychiatric journals and 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 Oskar Diethelm Library's reading room is 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.