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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

How to use the library: About the Library

Welcome to the Library

The Lloyd Sealy Library is a welcoming place for research, study, and reading.

Niederhoffer Lounge

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The Library entrance is on the lower ground floor of the Haaren Hall (T building). Enter at the Tenth Avenue entrance (between 58th and 59th St), take the escalators downstairs, make a U-turn, and enter through the security gates by showing your John Jay ID.

Get Help from a Reference Librarian

When you do research for your classes, you shouldn't hesitate to ask a reference librarian for assistance. Determining which resources you should choose, knowing how to search them, and being able to incorporate the newly found information into your paper are skills you will need to learn. Becoming a savvy researcher may take a while. In the meantime, you can count on the reference librarians to guide you through the research process. 

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.

A Tour of the Library

How do I connect from off-campus?

When you are not physically at John Jay, access the databases by first going to the library homepage, then click on the database links.  You will be prompted for your John Jay email user name and password.

Your user name is the letters preceding the @ sign in your email address. For example the email address for John Smith is Enter john.smith in the user name box. Your password is the one you are currently using to access your email. If you experience problems while logging in, please visit the Password Reset Site or call the DoIT help desk at 212 237 8200.