Study Away & Off Campus Students

If you are a Cornell student enrolled in the Study Away program, the Cornell University Library and its staff are here to help you! This page gives you an overview of the key resources and service available to you as a member of the Cornell community, wherever you are. If you have any questions this page doesn’t answer, please feel free to reach out to Jim Morris-Knower, the library’s international liaison, at

How to use the Library’s e-resources from anywhere

  • Keep up-to-date with latest service updates from the Library. You can also get email notifications of new additions to this page by sending an empty email to with the single word "Join" in the subject line.
  • When you’re off-campus, start your search at the Library homepage for full access to all databases, online journals, article texts, and other resources requiring a Cornell subscription. When you click on subscription-only resources, you’ll be prompted for your NetID and password to begin two-factor authentication.
  • When you go directly to licensed resources, use Passkey for access. Drag the Passkey icon to the top of your browser. Whenever you hit a paywall or a “forbidden” message, click the Passkey tab on your browser. If the Library has a subscription to the resource you’re trying to access, you’ll then be prompted for your NetID.
  • While off-campus, also consider installing software to connect to Cornell via VPN (Virtual Private Network) which adds secure access to Cornell campus networks and is usually not blocked by firewalls. Be aware that some countries might restrict or ban the use of VPNs. If you experience any issues trying to use VPNS, visit the Cornell Information Technology VPN help page.

How to get research help

  • You can email the Library and staff will respond asap, often within 24 hours.
  • During the semester, Cornell staff are answering your questions online. Visit our Chat page for hours and more information.
  • You can also get help finding more information on your question by meeting with a librarian remotely (via Zoom or some other technology), usually for 30 to 60 minutes. Sign up here for a Zoom consultation with a librarian.

How to discover and access ebooks, journal articles and other digital media

Even though you aren’t on the Ithaca campus, you can access all of Cornell’s extensive online collections from wherever you are. The best place to start is the Library homepage, or, if you are used to going to your favorite licensed resources directly, use Passkey to get through the paywalls.

If you are specifically looking for ebooks, you can start with the Library Catalog; you can find ebooks by limiting your search to online. For even more helpful information on ebooks, check out our Ebook libguide.

The Library also has a helpful guide that will walk you through some of the methods you can use to explore those collections remotely.

If you find a Cornell resource you need but can’t get the full text online, we can provide chapter and article scans electronically from our collections at Africana, the Library Annex, Catherwood, Fine Arts, Mann, Music, Olin, Kroch Asia, and Uris Libraries.  As we receive clearance to return to more buildings, we will be able to fill requests for collection items shelved in other libraries Please check the Library COVID page to see which locations are offering this service.

And you can also request scans of articles and book chapters that Cornell doesn't own — there’s no fee for this service. Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan of physical items is available.

Further information for Study Away students

If you are a Study Away student and have questions regarding that program, you have a dedicated Education Abroad advisor who is part of the OGL team. The advisor’s name and email are listed in the Experience Cornell opportunity for each location. For more information about Study Away, please email

Also, connect with Study Away FAQ to learn more about the program.

You can also find additional useful information about being a Cornell student studying away from campus in the library's study abroad guide, which highlights library support for study abroad and international research.

Miss Cornell University Library?

We miss you too! We can’t wait to welcome you back to campus, but in the meantime here’s a virtual tour of Uris Library, including the famously beautiful A.D. White Library.