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 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 book chapters or articles

  • Book chapters or journal articles from print materials held at Cornell can be scanned and sent online through the ScanIt service.
  • Book chapters or journal articles from print materials not held at Cornell can be scanned and sent online, at no cost, through Interlibrary Loan.

How to get books

Books are usually not mailed to individuals, but book delivery is available for some off-campus programs. Additionally, other libraries may allow access for members of the Cornell community. For borrowing policies for off-campus programs, choose your program and/or status from the Other Policies drop-down menu on the borrowing policies web page. Here are some ways you may be able to borrow books while off-campus.

  • 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 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.