Help for Off Campus & Studying Abroad

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

  • When you’re off-campus, start your search at library.cornell.edu 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 don’t start at the library’s homepage, use Passkey for electronic 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 traveling, 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.

How to get Research Help

  • E-mail - library staff will respond asap, often within 24 hours

  • Chat - During the semester, Cornell is online M-F, 10am-5pm.  Non-Cornell librarians are online all other times.  Chat service is for Cornell students, faculty, staff, and alumni only! If you are unaffiliated, please e-mail us.  Your chat privacy

How to get Instructional Help

Librarians are available to teach via Zoom or other online platforms.  We can also work with you to integrate library research into your online class, help you think through redesigning your research assignments in the online environment, and discuss what will work best for your class.  

Contact your instruction coordinator or library liaison with questions or to schedule a library session.  

Please visit our Library Support for Remote Teaching guide for additional information.  

How to get books

Below are some options for accessing physical materials though we strongly urge you to check ahead of time with the desired location to make sure they are open and operational.  

  • Columbia University in New York City has a reciprocal relationship with Cornell which includes library access and borrowing privileges.
  • Borrow Direct Plus libraries provide on-site reciprocal borrowing privileges.
  • Many research libraries participate in the SHARES program which supports on-site access to collections and services. In addition, a small number of SHARES libraries are offering the opportunity to create a library account and check out materials through the SHARES On-Site Borrowing Pilot Program.
  • Local college or university libraries might allow visitors to use their collections on site. Check for visitor policy pages before traveling in case an application ahead of time is required.
  • 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.
  • Local or hometown public libraries may have the items that you need and usually provide interlibrary loan services for their patrons, which may include borrowing books.

Working or studying abroad?

This guide provides a wealth of helpful information: Study Abroad: Cornell Library Services.

And if you have questions about any of this, be sure to Ask a Librarian on the phone, via email or online chat.