Online students: 4 essential things to know

Students taking online classes and students in John Jay Online's fully-online degree programs will likely be able to access all the library materials they need without ever setting foot in the Lloyd Sealy Library.

Four essential things students who are either taking online classes or are enrolled in fully-online master's/bachelors degree programs should know:


1. You have access to thousands of ebooks and millions of articles through the Library website — from Day 1 of your program.

OneSearch is your online portal to all of the John Jay Library's ebooks, thousands of streaming videos, and millions of articles. Print books, reports, and other resources are also findable through OneSearch.

Plus, all of the Library’s 150+ databases are available to John Jay students from wherever they are working, living, or studying.

Not sure how to use OneSearch or library databases? See our How do I... page for tutorials.

Off-campus log-in information: To view most ebooks, videos, articles, and most library databases, you will be asked to log in with your John Jay username and password — the same as for your John Jay email address.


2. You can use any of the CUNY libraries.*

If you live in the New York City area, you have access to every CUNY Library! You will need to get a John Jay ID card (from Public Safety) to visit the libraries in person.

With a John Jay ID card, you can check out books from most CUNY libraries as well.

*Due to COVID-19, physical access to other CUNY libraries may be limited. Please contact the individual campus library before visiting. 


3. Our video tutorials cover library research basics.

How to find books & ebooks in the library (1 min) »

How to find articles in the library (2 min) »

What is a scholarly source? (5 min) »

See more tutorials »


4. John Jay librarians are available to answer your research questions!

Ask us how to find what you' re looking for, how to format your citations properly, and how to do research and more.