Keep in touch

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Connecting from off campus

Most of the Library's online resources are available to you from off-campus. Remember to access from Library catalogs or web pages so you'll be recognized as a member of the Cornell community. For example, if you try to access JSTOR by going directly to from off-campus, you may not be able to get in. If you access JSTOR from Databases or the Library Catalog, you'll be connected to Cornell's complete licensed JSTOR content.

For a few resources you'll also need to use PassKey.

Be sure to set your preferences in Google Scholar if you wish to limit to CUL resources.


Cornell licenses more than 600,000 ebooks.  Open the Ebooks link, above, to connect to a guide which explains their use.  Reading and downloading permissions and features are different in the different ebook packages, such as Safari and Ebrary.


Document delivery and interlibrary loan

If you're away from Cornell for research or study, you're eligible to receive free scans of book chapters or articles that aren't online. (Submit your requests one article or chapter at a time.)

When you submit your request, indicate in the "notes" field that you are a student/researcher studying abroad/away from Cornell.

For more information, see the Document Delivery FAQ.

Borrow Direct is not available to off-campus Cornellians.

Suggest a purchase

You may ask the library to buy an e-book, (or film, or research material in any format) by using this online purchase request form or by sending email to


Help for Off Campus & Studying Abroad -- connect to Cornell Library basic services.

Use Passkey

PasskeyPasskey is a bookmarklet (Firefox and IE) that lets you quickly authenticate as a CU person, when you're off-campus. This allows you to access databases.

In Firefox, drag the icon to your bookmarks toolbar or right click and bookmark this location. Control-click (mac users).

In Internet Explorer, right-click the icon, add to favorites.

Next time you're off-campus and a publisher asks you to log-in, click the PassKey.  You'll be prompted for your CU netid, and that's it!

Don't pay for stuff!

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Never pay for an article or book or access to resources.

In most cases (except for textbooks), the Cornell Library has online journals, newspapers, magazines, ebooks and print books, or can get them for you at no charge to you! 

Passkey can help you find it at Cornell, or Ask a Librarian.