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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

The information on this site pertains to the Summer College 2017 program. If you would like to be notified when 2018 information and applications are available, please join the Summer College announcement list. We also invite you to become a fan of our Summer College Facebook Page.

Library and IT services

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.

IT services

Cornell NetIDs, E-mail, and the Student Center

To access many of Cornell's information technology resources, you'll need your active Cornell Network ID (NetID) and password. Your NetID consists of your initials followed by one or more numbers (e.g. abc123).

Some of the reasons you'll need your NetID are to:

  • access the Student Center to check your class schedule (starting mid-June), see your grades, access your bursar account, order your transcript, update your addresses including emergency contacts, and view your financial information,
  • 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 two weeks 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.

Information Technology

Students at Cornell can use the IT for students website to obtain general information about computing at Cornell, information about policies covering the use of Cornell NetIDs and e-mail, and to connect to Cornell offerings such as Cornell University Library's online catalog and an array of free academic, administrative and support services.

Students can also contact the IT Service Desk, located at the Cornell Store and at 121 Computing and Communications Center (CCC) on the Ag Quad. The IT Service Desk is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Find out all the ways you can get help.

Computer labs

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 Macintosh 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 of all of Cornell computer labs, visit the Computer labs site.

In some libraries, students can borrow laptops to use while they're in the library, see information from Olin and Uris Libraries and from Mann Library.


Net-Print is a fee-based service that lets students print to laser printers and plotters located in Cornell's computer labs and elsewhere, 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 Cornell's Net-Print site.

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. Learn more at

Find antivirus solutions (protect your computer online), install free laptop recovery (protect your computer if it's physically stolen), and learn what to do if your computer or NetID password are ever compromised, at the Student IT Security page.

Wherever you are and whatever device you're using (computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.), take some simple steps to minimize the chances of theft or compromise with these risk prevention guidelines:

Safeguard your mobile devices (phones and tablets) from malicious software and loss or theft. Here's how:

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 Cornell's Computer recommendations page if you are considering bringing a computer.