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Cornell Tech Library Services: Library & Book Access

Guide to library resources for the Cornell Tech campus in New York City.

Digital Support & Study Space

Cornell Tech Library Services provides digital library services and support to Cornell Tech students, faculty, and staff. See the "Help" section of this guide for more information about what we offer and hours of operation.

If Cornell Tech patrons would like to access physical library spaces and collections in New York City, they can do so at the following locations:

  • Columbia University Libraries have partnered with Cornell University Library in a reciprocal borrowing program (2CUL) for current students, faculty and staff of each institution. Cornell Tech students may register for a library card at Columbia University Library and borrow books when visiting that campus. See the Cornell University Library's page to find additional information about 2CUL and how to obtain a Columbia Library card.
  • New York Public Library provides library cards free of charge to any person who lives, works, attends school, or pays property taxes in New York State.
  • Weill Cornell Medicine's Samuel J. Wood Library offers Cornell Tech students space to study during their regular business hours, as well as on-site access to their resources. You can also check-out books from their collection.

Electronic Resource Access

On the Cornell Tech campus, you will connect automatically to most Cornell University Library resources. When off-campus, use the links in this guide for full access to all library databases, online journals, article texts, and other resources requiring a subscription. When you click on subscription-only resources, you’ll be prompted for your NetID and password to begin two-factor authentication.

Access Anywhere: When you’re off-campus, connect to databases, journals, and ebooks that would otherwise be restricted or hidden behind paywalls through Access Anywhere. In your web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Edge, or Safari), make sure the bookmark toolbar is visible and then drag the Access Anywhere icon to it. Click on the Access Anywhere bookmarklet that is either on your bookmark bar or in your bookmark folder and you will be prompted to enter your NetID and password to verify your Cornell affiliation.

Book/Article Access & Delivery

Looking for a book or an article?

The Cornell Tech campus has access to library materials (books, articles, journals, etc.) from the Cornell University Library located in Ithaca, New York.

books Thousands of ebooks are available through services like OverdriveSpringerWiley, and other platforms. When you search for a book in the Cornell University Library catalog, select "Online" from the results screen to filter for ebooks.

If you would like a physical book, you can request it from the Cornell University Library catalog by selecting "Request" in the book record, and then select "Cornell Tech" for the campus delivery location. When the book arrives, it can be picked up at the Bloomberg Center security desk.  Your book may also be returned at the Bloomberg Center security desk.

If a book is checked out, you may be able to request a recall to have it returned, however, this can take several weeks. From the book record in the Cornell University Library catalog, select "Request," then select "Recall" and "Cornell Tech" for the campus delivery location.

If a book is checked out, lost, a Reserve item, otherwise not available, or if we do not own it, you may request a copy of it via our BorrowDirect service. The first time you use BorrowDirect you will be required to fill out a user information form. These step-by-step instructions will walk you through how BorrowDirect works.

If there is a book chapter or a journal article available in print, you can use the ScanIt service to request that an electronic copy be e-mailed to you. If we do not own a book chapter or a journal article, you can request a scan of the item via InterLibrary LoanUnfortunately, we are not able to provide books via InterLibrary Loan to the Cornell Tech campus at this time.