Welcome to John Jay! The Lloyd Sealy Library has a number of resources to offer new students. Here's a quick introduction to what you need to know.
The Library is located at 899 10th Avenue (between 58th St and 59th St). The Library is in Haaren Hall (commonly referred to as the "Tenth Street" or "T" building). Enter on 10th Avenue, swipe your valid ID card, take the escalator downstairs, make a U-turn, and proceed behind the escalator to the Library entrance. To get here from the New Building, walk past the blue Haaren Hall elevators, and you'll see the Library entrance between the escalators at the front of Haaren Hall.
Checking out books
The first time you go to the Library, ask at the Circulation Desk (at entrance) for the Library bar code to stick on the back of your ID card. This will let you take out books from John Jay's Library—and other CUNY libraries, too.
You can check out books for 4-week periods, with two limited renewals. Overdue fines are 25¢ per day (with a 10-day grace period). See details on borrowing & renewing.
Using the Library
First-year students are encouraged to attend a Library 101 workshop, held frequently during the first month of classes. It's an informal introduction to using the Library. Workshops are 30 minutes or less. No reservation is required to attend a workshop. Just check in with a librarian at the Reference Desk on the upper floor of the Library. Our other workshops may be of interest, too!
We have also compiled a helpful guide: How to Use the Library.
The Library has lots of study space available to you: personal carrels, quiet study areas, and group study rooms. Take a walk around and find your study spots.
At the beginning of the semester, each current student is given $15 in printing credit. In the Library, you can print in the Reserve Lab downstairs or at the workstations upstairs by the Reference Desk. (Note that the computers upstairs don't have Microsoft Office installed on them.) Scanning is also available upstairs and downstairs, and it's free! See more info on printing, scanning, and copying.
Textbooks in the Library
The Library has a number of textbooks on Reserve (available for 3-hour loans). See Getting Textbooks to find out if yours are on Reserve, as well as for tips on buying textbooks.
Connect from home
With your John Jay username and password, you have off-campus access to online Library resources, including thousands of journals, videos, ebooks, and eReserves.
New York Times digital subscription
As a CUNY student, you have a complimentary digital subscription to the New York Times. Read the news on your computer & smartphone!