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COVID-19 Library Service Updates

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the Weill Cornell community, the library is temporarily updating some of its policies. Stay tuned to this page for the most recent updates regarding COVID-19 and library resources and services.

Temporary suspension of eating and drinking policy beginning 1/13/21

To reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the library will suspend its eating and drinking policy in all public areas until further notice beginning Wednesday, January 13. Users are to remain masked at all times while inside the library. We request your compliance as we try to maintain a safe environment for our patrons and staff.

Library Hours

The physical space of the Samuel J. Wood Library has re-opened on a limited basis. Only WCM staff and students and NYP/WCM staff will be allowed to enter the library, and only if they have their ID with them and that ID card automatically opens the library gates. This policy will allow for the contact tracing required by New York State and provide "no touch" entrance. 

MSK, RUL, HSS, NYBC, AMC, Cornell Ithaca and Cornell Tech users: please contact us during business hours (below) via phone (646)962-2570 or chat, or email us anytime at for current access policy and procedures for entrance.

All other affiliated patrons will not be allowed to enter at this time. 

On campus: The hours of operation will be Monday - Thursday, 8am - 10pm only, Fridays, 8am - 8pm, until further notice. 

The 24-hour space will remain closed overnight until further notice.

The ITS SMARTDesk continues to require appointments for service. Please visit to make one online.

Off Campus: For remote assistance, please contact us via CHAT (see icon on this page), email ( or or call us at (646) 962-2570 and leave a message.

Live CHAT support is available at the following times:

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 12am

Friday: 8am - 8pm

Saturday: 10am - 8pm

Sunday: 12pm - 10pm

Please see the COVID-19 site for more information and continue to check our website for updates and remote assistance.

Remote Access to Library Resources

See How to use EZproxy Remote Access Service.


Onsite appointments in the Medical Center Archives at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine will be on hold beginning March 16, 2020, as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Remote reference requests can still be submitted to; the account will be monitored by staff from an offsite location from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Please note that the Medical Center Archives does not hold current patient medical records. If you are seeking information regarding patient records that date anytime from September 1932 to the present, please contact the Medical Records Department through their website or at 212-746-0530.

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General Information

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