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Circulation and Renewal

Material TypeLoan PeriodGrace Period1st Overdue Notice2nd Overdue Notice / Privileges BlockedAdditional Fee?
Books4 weeks1 weekDay after item is due7 days after item is dueNo
Serials1 week1 weekDay after item is due7 days after item is dueNo
Journals ≥ 5 years2 days2 daysDay after item is due2 days after item is dueNo
Journals < 5 years3 hours3 hoursDay after item is due2 days after item is due$1/day
Reserve Items3 hours3 hoursDay after item is due2 days after item is due$1/day

A bar-coded NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine or affiliated ID card is required to charge out materials.


All materials may be renewed as often as necessary, unless needed by another patron. The first three renewals may be made by telephone, or online provided that the item is not yet overdue.  For further use, the materials must be checked out again again in person at the Circulation Desk. Fines must be cleared before materials can be renewed. To renew by phone, call us at (646)962-2570. For instructions to renew online through OneSearch, go here and click on the link: Q: How do I renew my library materials without going to the library?

Reserve materials

Reserve materials must be used within the library and returned to the Circulation Desk within three hours. They may only be charged out for overnight use three hours before closing time, and in this case must be returned within the first three hours of opening time the following day. Computer software and related materials do not leave the library.

Overdue policy

In conjunction with our Tri-Cat library affiliates at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Rockefeller University, the Weill Cornell Medical Library will automatically block the borrowing privileges of any patron who receives a second overdue notice for a delinquent item. These blocked library privileges will apply to all three libraries. Patrons whose privileges are blocked must resolve the delinquency at the library where the material was borrowed. Additional fees will be charged for three-hour items that are held overdue. Overdue notices are sent out as a courtesy; patrons are ultimately responsible for returning and renewing materials on time.

New Book Shelf

New books are displayed for seven days. During that period they may not be checked out. If you wish to reserve a book from the new book shelf, please bring it along with your ID to the Circulation Desk. Requests are entered directly into the library's online system.