Circulation and Renewal

Material TypeLoan PeriodCourtesy Reminder1st Overdue NoticeBill/ Privileges May be BlockedAdditional Fee?
Books4 weeksDay before item is due5 days after item is due14 days after item is dueNo
Serials1 weekDay before item is due5 days after item is due14 days after item is dueNo
Journals2 daysDay before item is due5 days after item is due14 days after item is dueNo
Reserve Items3 hoursAfter 3 hoursDay after item is due5 days after item is due$1/day

A current NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine or affiliated ID card is required to check out materials.

The Laptop Circulation Policy can be found here.


All materials may be renewed as often as necessary unless they are requested by another patron. The first three renewals may be made by contacting the Access Services Staff at the Library SMARTDesk or through self-service renewal online provided that the item is not yet overdue. After the third renewal, materials must be checked out again in person at the Library SMARTDesk. For instructions on renewing online, use the link here and click on "Q: How do I renew my library materials without going to the Library?"

Reserve Materials

Reserve materials must be used while in the Library. Class reserves are shelved behind the Library SMARTDesk and must be returned to the desk within three hours. Open shelf reserves are shelved in the Library Commons. We request that open shelf reserves be returned to the Library SMARTDesk when you are done with them as a courtesy to other users who may need them. Both open shelf reserve and class reserve materials may be checked out for overnight use three hours before closing time. Items borrowed overnight must be returned within three hours of the Library's opening the following day. (See Library hours). Computer software and related materials do not leave the Library.

Overdue Policy

In conjunction with our library affiliates at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Rockefeller University, the Samuel J. Wood Library may block the borrowing privileges of any patron who receives a second overdue notice for a delinquent item. Borrowing privileges may be blocked at all three libraries. Patrons whose privileges are blocked must resolve the delinquency at the library from which the material was borrowed. Additionally, fines will accrue for three-hour items that are overdue. Overdue notices are sent out as a courtesy; patrons are ultimately responsible for returning and renewing materials on time.

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