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Lloyd Sealy Library

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Access policies

Who can use the library?

CUNY students and faculty

Access to the Lloyd Sealy Library is limited to current John Jay and CUNY students, faculty, and staff with valid CUNY ID.

John Jay alumni are welcome to visit the Library with a John Jay Alumni card, available from the Alumni Association.

Access is also permitted for current faculty and students of SUNY Empire State College with a valid Empire State College identification card. This arrangement does not extend to other SUNY campuses.

Other researchers

We do not grant access to members of the public doing pro se legal research. Neither do we grant access to or provide legal assistance or counsel to the general public.

Researchers unaffiliated with the City University of New York (CUNY) who wish to see material in our circulating or reference collections (search) should obtain a METRO referral card from a METRO-affiliated library in New York City. METRO referral patrons may not check items out of the library. The METRO referral card must be presented for entry.

Occasionally, the Library may grant access to researchers without a METRO referral who need to consult materials unique to the John Jay collections that are not available elsewhere. Before visiting the Library in person, researchers must request and obtain a Research Access Pass by emailing

Prior to visiting, researchers wishing to use our Special Collections must request a Research Access Pass by contacting the Special Collections Librarian at or (212) 484-1164 to discuss their research and to make an appointment.

Visiting Scholars

John Jay College Visiting Scholar status is granted by the Office for the Advancement of Research (OAR). For more information, contact Saundra Rutherford at (212) 484-1366.

College Now students

Students in John Jay's College Now program are welcome to visit the Library and use our resources on-site.

Identification and passes

Everyone entering the Library must show a form of identification to the Public Safety Officer at the Security Desk as follows:

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John Jay students, faculty and staff

John Jay Photo ID

(Lacking John Jay ID, students may be asked to provide proof of enrollment, such as Bursar’s receipt or schedule of classes.)

CUNY students, faculty and staff

Current validated CUNY Photo ID.

(Students from campuses that do not provide validation stickers may be asked to provide proof of enrollment.)

SUNY Empire State College

Current SUNY Photo ID

John Jay and CUNY retired faculty

John Jay or CUNY ID

John Jay Alumni

Current John Jay Alumni Card and a photo ID

METRO referrals

Metropolitan New York Library Council’s Yellow referral card

CUNY-unaffiliated researchers

Researcher Access Pass and current ID

John Jay Visiting Scholars

John Jay ID