Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Access policies

Who can use the library?

A valid John Jay or CUNY ID card, a METRO access card, or special permission from the Library is required to enter.

Current John Jay & CUNY students, faculty, and staff

See circulation policy »

John Jay Alumni

Alumni are welcome to use the Library and its on-site resources with a John Jay Alumni card, available from the Alumni Association.


Access to the Library for researchers unaffiliated with the City University of New York (CUNY) is usually only for materials that are not available elsewhere; that is, for materials unique to the John Jay collections.

Researchers not associated with CUNY who wish to see material in our circulating or reference collections (search) may obtain a METRO referral card from a METRO-affiliated library in New York City, or may sometimes make arrangements for on-site use of the collection by contacting the Reference Desk (212) 237-8247 or by e-mail at METRO referral patrons are not able to check any items out of the library.

Researchers wishing to use our Special Collections do not need a referral. Contact the Special Collections Librarian at or (212) 484-1164 to discuss your research and to make an appointment.

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