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.

Following the College's updated COVID Policy, wearing a mask inside the Library will be optional for all vaccinated individuals beginning Tuesday, September 12, 2022. 

Access Eligibility

The physical space of the Samuel J. Wood Library has re-opened on a limited basis to:

  • WCM/NYPH vaccinated users who can successfully swipe in through the Library gates using their ID card. Anyone whose WCM/NYPH ID does not open the gates will be manually verified by library staff before being allowed to enter. 
  • Vaccinated MSK, RUL, HSS, NYBC, AMC, CAC, WCM Alumni, Cornell Ithaca, Cornell Tech and NYPH/Columbia users: you may access the library during the hours of service listed below. Please have your institutional ID card with you when you come. 

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

Masking Policy

Masks are now optional inside the Library.

Eating and drinking inside the Library is allowed for vaccinated individuals. 

Library Hours

The Library's onsite hours of service are:

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 12am

Friday: 8am - 8pm

Saturday: 10am-8pm

Sunday: Noon-Midnight

The 24/7 area is now open to eligible users.

The ITS SMARTDesk continues to require appointments for service. Please visit to make one online. Hours of operation are Monday- Friday 9am - 5pm (last checkin at 4:30pm)

Remote Access

For remote assistance, please contact us via CHAT, email ( or call us at (646) 962-2570.

Live CHAT support is available at the following times:

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 12am

Friday: 8am - 8pm

Saturday: 10am - 8pm

Sunday: 12pm - 10pm

For instructions on how to use our resources remotely, see Remote Access Service.

Please see IT Service & Remote Work Resources and continue to check our website for updates and remote assistance.

Ask a Librarian

Feel free to contact us with any questions.


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.

General Information

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