Cornell University Visitors

Faculty, Staff and Students

Welcome Cornell University faculty, staff and students visiting Weill Cornell! The staff and resources of the Samuel J. Wood library at Weill Cornell Medicine are available to you to support your research, learning and practice.

Faculty, staff, and enrolled students from any Cornell University (CU) campus are eligible to enter the Samuel J. Wood library and register to borrow materials from the library.

A current Cornell University ID card must be presented to enter the library and also at the SMARTDesk to register for borrowing privileges. Verification of status will be made via CU's online directory, and both local and campus addresses must be provided. Once verified, registration information will be entered into our online system and you will be good to go!

The Samuel J. Wood library's loan periods differ from those at Cornell Ithaca. Books circulate for four weeks, journal volumes circulate for either two days or three hours, depending on the publication year. Single issues of current journals circulate for three hours.

Library material must be renewed or returned on time. Items can be renewed online, by logging with your cwid using the "sign in" link at the upper right corner of the page,  by phone: (646) 962-2570, or in person at the medical library. If necessary, items borrowed from the Samuel J. Wood library may be returned to any Cornell University campus library. To ensure that your patron record is cleared, please advise the library staff that you are returning item(s) from the medical library, so that they may document the item's return date and forward it.

Accessing Electronic Resources

The electronic collections available to the Cornell community vary among campuses and branches. While using a computer on the Weill Cornell Medicine network, you will be able to access all resources licensed for the medical library. If you are unable to access a Cornell University resource, you may need to login as a remote user. For technical issues and requirements for Cornell University users, please visit Connect from Off-Campus.

Searching the Online Catalog

The Cornell University Library catalog does not include the collection of the Weill Cornell Medical Library or the eLibrary in Qatar. Search for materials at the Samuel J. Wood library using One Search, the online combined catalog of the libraries of Weill Cornell, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University. Only on-site or remotely authenticated users will be able to follow links into licensed resources such as e-books, e-journals and databases. If you want to search for materials across all Cornell University libraries, use Find It or WorldCat as resources.

Copying and Printing at the Library

Please visit Printing and Photocopying for more information.

Using Your Laptop in the Library

Wireless access to the Weill Cornell Medicine network is available in the Medical Library for Ithaca Campus Visitors with laptops. Connect to wireless network Eduroam using your Ithaca NetID and password.

More information is available from Wireless Access.

Consulting with an Expert Staff Member

The library staff is here to help with your information needs. Ask a reference or search question of the medical library using our online form or via phone: (646) 962-2570. Take advantage of instructional opportunities, consultations and online training materials from Weill Cornell. If you'd like reference help from one of the Cornell University libraries, request a consultation.

Finding Research Collaborators and Resources

Use VIVO, the Virtual Life Sciences Library, to discover who's working on a particular research topic, where they've taught and published recently, what facilities are available, and what online tools can expedite your research.


Alumni of Cornell University are extended access to the Samuel J. Wood library at Weill Cornell Medicine. Eligible persons must register for an access-only card at the library's SmartDesk in order to verify alumni status through the Cornell Alumni Office. Once confirmed, you will be issued a card that must be presented each time you enter the library and will allow you to automatically open the library gates. For more information, please visit Cornell University Alumni.


Persons holding "Privilege Cards", or any other affiliate or pay-for-access card issued by Cornell University Library, are not eligible for access to the Samuel J. Wood library at Weill Cornell Medicine. If you are a New York State licensed health professional and need access to the library, please enroll in the Health Professional Access Program.

For additional information, please contact the library's SmartDesk: (646) 962-2570.