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, as well as a PC Computer Lab on the lower level and a Mac Computer Lab on the main level in the 24/7 space. All computers print to the library's printers (black/white and color). Printing requires a Paper Cut account.
Check out a laptop
Laptop computers can be checked out at the Library SmartDesk for use inside the library. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO COVID-19, THE BELOW POLICY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CONTACT THE SMARTDESK FOR MORE INFORMATION.
- 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 WCM/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 WCM ID; Current Library registration; Disclaimer letter on file||2 weeks||Yes||same||File saving enabled only for duration of loan|
|International Travel||WCM ID, CWID, completed registration using this link, agreement to terms in registration process||length of your international trip||Yes||same, or Safari browser if a Mac laptop||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
WCM-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 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, 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 SmartDesk 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.
Please refer to this page for the college’s official guidelines information regarding data security when traveling abroad with electronic devices, especially to high-risk countries.
To borrow a laptop for international travel, please submit a request here .
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.
- 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.