Library Basics

Welcome to John Jay! The Lloyd Sealy Library has a number of resources to offer new & returning 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.

Using the Library

We compiled a helpful guide for you: How to Use the Library. You'll find info on finding books, finding articles, reserve readings, & more.

Checking out books

Borrowing books from the Library is free! Undergraduates can check out books for 8-week periods, with four limited renewals. Overdue fines are 25¢ per day (with a 10-day grace period). See more details on borrowing & renewing.

How do you find a book? Our video tutorial will show you how to search for a book in OneSearch.

The first time you go to the Library, ask at the Circulation Desk (at the entrance) for the Library barcode 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.

Books aren't the only thing you can check out! We also have phone chargers.


The Library has a number of textbooks on Reserve (available for you to use for 3-hour loans). See Getting Textbooks to find out if yours are on Reserve, as well as for tips on buying textbooks.

Study space

The Library has lots of study space available to you: personal carrels, big group tables, a computer lab, a Silent Study Area, and five Group Study Rooms. Take a walk around and find your study spots.


At the beginning of the semester, each current student is given $20 in printing credit. In the Library, you can print in the Reserve Lab downstairs or at the workstations upstairs by the Reference Desk. Scanning is also available upstairs and downstairs, and it's free! See more info on printing, scanning, and copying.

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.

Digital newspaper subscriptions

As a CUNY student, you have a complimentary digital subscription to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Read the unlimited news articles in the NYT and WSJ apps and in the browser!

More student resources

We've got quite a few study and research resources for you. See Resources for Students for more.