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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. The PRC is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.