Cornell University Library
One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is an integral partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university, offering cutting-edge services and a full spectrum of library resources, from rare books and manuscripts to an impressive network of digital resources.
As a Summer College student, you may borrow from the library using your Cornell ID card, or access the library from your dorm room or from any location with an Internet connection. Learn more about this exceptional resource on the Cornell Library website.
To access many of the university's information technology resources, you'll need your active Cornell Network ID (NetID) and password. (See the to-do list.)
Your NetID is for your exclusive personal use and consists of your initials followed by one or more numbers (e.g. abc123). Never share your NetID password with someone else. Keeping your NetID password safe is one way you can help protect your personal information and Cornell’s data.
Your NetID and password permit secure access to non-public Cornell information and resources.
With your NetID, you can
- access the Student Center to check your class schedule (starting mid-June), see your grades, access your bursar account, order your transcript, and update your addresses, including emergency contacts;
- access library services and Blackboard;
- sign in to Cmail, Cornell's e-mail, calendar, and collaboration service for students;
- complete online summer evaluations; and more.
Activating your NetID
Instructions on how to activate your NetID will be sent to you via e-mail from Cornell Information Technologies (CIT) starting late-March/early-April and approximately one week after your program charge is fully paid. Be sure to follow the steps included in the message.
By mid-June, you'll be able to see your Summer College course enrollment through your Student Center. At the same time, it is essential that you confirm that your emergency contact information is accurate.
If you need assistance, contact the IT Service Desk.
Connect to Cornell’s IT services, including free tools to help you collaborate and stay organized, at the Student IT Resources page. Review privacy safeguards and tips to spot phishing attacks; protect your NetID and password, computer, and mobile devices; and stay safe online.
Students can also contact the IT Service Desk to get help with Cornell’s IT services, troubleshooting, and more. Located at 121 Computing and Communications Center (CCC) on the Ag Quad, the IT Service Desk is open for walk-in help Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and for phone support Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Find out all the ways you can get help.
Summer College students will have access to computer labs located around the campus, including on North Campus near your living quarters. The computer labs are heavily used by students who do not own computers, as well as by students who do have them but need to check e-mail or work on academic assignments while they are on Central Campus.
There are four general computer labs to which all Summer College students will have access. Two of these labs are on North Campus near your living quarters.
The labs function on a first-come, first-served basis. They have a variety of software, Windows and Mac computers, and networked laser printers (see Net-Print below). Generally, each lab has between 20 and 25 computers.
Please note that you will not have access to computer labs after Summer College's nightly check-in.
For up-to-date information about locations and hours of operation for all Cornell computer labs, visit the computer labs page.
In some libraries, students can borrow laptops to use while they're in the library. See more information from Mann Library and Olin and Uris Libraries, including details on extended loan laptops with a longer borrowing period.
Net-Print is a fee-based service that lets students print to laser printers and plotters located in Cornell's computer labs, libraries, and elsewhere around campus, using a lab computer or personal computer connected to the Cornell network.
To use Net-Print, students must first create an account. Students can open and add money to their account with a credit or debit card. Net-Print deposits are nonrefundable.
For more information, visit the Net-Print service page.
Protect your computer, your identity, and your privacy
Uninstall filesharing programs (for music, movies, software, etc. you don't own) prior to arriving at Cornell to avoid copyright infringement risks.
Find antivirus solutions (protect your computer online), install free recovery software (protect your laptop, tablet, or smartphone if it's lost or stolen), and learn what to do if your computer or NetID password are ever compromised, at the Student IT Resources page.
Wherever you are and whatever device you're using (computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.), keep security in mind with these tips to minimize the chances of theft or compromise.
Safeguard your mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) from malicious software and loss or theft.
Your own computer
Cornell does not require you to bring a computer to campus. Though students generally find it more convenient to have their own computer, this is a personal choice that you should discuss with your parents or guardians. Please see the computer recommendations page if you are considering bringing a computer.