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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Sociology: Books

By Ellen Sexton.

Finding books on sociology

The Lloyd Sealy Library has a good collection of books on sociology topics.  Many of them are shelved around call numbers starting with an H

Useful to know Library of Congress classifications:

H  = social sciences

HA = statistics

HB = demography

HM  = general sociology

HN  = Social history and conditions, Social problems, Social reform

HQ  =  family, marriage, women

HT = Communities, classes, races.

HV = social pathology.  Welfare.  Criminology.


For a full breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online: H subclasses.

Of course, it is more efficient if you are researching a particular topic to get the call numbers for books by seraching the catalog, CUNY+. 

Find books with OneSearch

Library locations

When searching the catalog OneSearch, for print format books, please note both call number and the location. We have more books in electronic format that in print.

Stacks: the main circulating collection of the library. On the north side of the library: call numbers A–H are on the upper level; call numbers J–Z are on the lower level. Stacks books can be borrowed for 4 weeks by undergraduates and staff, 6 weeks by masters students, and 8 weeks by doctoral students and faculty. They can be renewed through My Account / Sign In in OneSearch.

Reserve: books kept behind the Reserve Desk on the lower floor. Most can be used only within the library. More info »

Reference: upper level of the library, towards 11th avenue. Not circulating (can't borrow outside of the library).

Law Reference: upper level of the library, towards 58th street. Not circulating.

Special Collections: upper level of the library. Ask at the Reference Desk. Not circulating.

Sociology subject headings used in the catalog CUNY+ (Library of Congress subject headings)

Searching using the vocabulary of subject headings can improve search results.   Here are some words and phrases used in Library of Congress sociology related subject headings:


Crime Sociological aspects

Deviant behavior



Emigration and immigration

Ethnic relations


Family violence

Genocide Sociological aspects


Mass media



Moral panics



Public opinion

Race relations

Research methods

Sex customs

Sex discrimination

Sex differences

Sex role

Social conditions

Social conflict

Social control

Social mobility

Social problems


Suicide Sociological aspects

United States   Emigration and immigration   Social aspects


Violent crimes