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

Lloyd Sealy Library

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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For Fall 2021, the Library is expanding its virtual reference assistance. Now, in addition to chat and email students are welcome to consult with librarians live on Zoom.
The Zoom drop-ins are equivalent to our face-to-face reference service that provides assistance with forming a research topic and search strategy, finding and accessing sources, and solving any research-related problems.
Some of the queries librarians address include the following:
*How do I get started with my project?
*What are the keywords I need to get good articles?
*Where should I go to find sources for my paper?
Checking in with a librarian, as students often observe, makes research more doable and saves lots of time and frustration. In the remote environment, getting library assistance via Zoom additionally provides guidance in doing research in a context where print sources are not available.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Zoom.

Posted Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 10:58am

Library books on shelves

The Lloyd Sealy Library’s physical space will be open to current John Jay students, faculty, and staff starting on Wednesday 8/25/21. Our remote services will continue as well. 

In line with COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, please see details below:


Access to the physical library:

At present,  current John Jay students, faculty, and staff are able to visit the Library if the comply with CUNY COVID-19 protocols. Please see more information on campus access.

Other CUNY patrons are allowed as well, as long as they comply with CUNY COVID-19 protocols. Please see more information on campus access.

The Library is not open to outside researchers. 


Library hours:

Please refer to our calendar for details.


Occupancy limits and social distancing:

The Library will monitor the level of occupancy to prevent overcrowding. In line with social distancing guidelines, limited computer workstations, study carrels and seats are available on a first-come/first-serve basis.  


Mask mandate:

Everyone must wear a face mask at all times while in the library, per CUNY policy.


Available services for students:

  • Circulating books and reserves. 
  • Limited number of computer workstations (library computers are not equipped with headphones or microphones).
  • Silent study areas.
  • Study spaces for students with their own devices. 
  • Printing and scanning.
  • Study rooms will be capped to 2 people at a time.
  • Zoom library workshops
  • In-person research assistance on the upper level of the library.
  • Remote research help through chat, email, and phone.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL), please refer to our ILL policy for details.


Available services for faculty:


Posted Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 1:13pm

The Library is proud to announce that 18 of our reserve lab computers can now be accessed through the John Jay IT department’s remote access dashboard: https://remoteaccess.labstats.com/CUNY-JJAY-GeneralUseLabs#computer-group_1022. These remotely available library computers (labeled as LIBLAB##) are equipped with specialized software normally accessible on campus only, including:
  • Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Adobe CC Suite (including Adobe Acrobat Professional)
  • ArcGIS 
  • SAS 
  • Visual Studio 
  • R Statistics Software
  • Maple 
  • Mathematica
To take advantage of this service, all you need is a laptop device with the remote access client installed on it. Instructions on how to configure your laptop to gain access:
If you need assistance with one of the library reserve lab computers, our lab assistants will be able to provide support through the use of email. Contact us at librarylabsupport@jjay.cuny.edu. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, we will only be able to offer email support for a limited number of hours each day. 
On top of the 18 computers from the library, the IT department is also providing a number of their lab workstations through the same dashboard, available to all students: 
If you need assistance for workstations other than the library workstations, you can contact the John Jay Helpdesk or CLSS for further help:  
CLSS email support: clsslabsupport@jjay.cuny.edu 
JJ Helpdesk support: helpdesk@jjay.cuny.edu or 212-237-8200 

Posted Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 4:21pm

Screenshot of the LibGuide

PROBLEM:  How do you wear a protective face mask yet use your voice clearly?
How do you maintain a safe social distance yet participate in shaping your community?
SOLUTION:   Vote! 

Despite the challenges of COVID, it’s easy to vote in the upcoming election. We’ve put together a brief guide with links to help you navigate.
Start by making sure you are registered to vote. The guide provides links to register to vote and/or check your registration status online.
This year, you can vote by mail with an absentee ballot. Alternatively, you can vote in-person - either early or on election day. The guide provides links to the absentee ballot application and is an easy place to find the dates and locations of in-person polling places for both early voting and Election Day voting.
In addition, we provide links to help you make informed decisions about the candidates and any ballot measures up for a vote. Our guide helps you find biographical information, policy and issue viewpoints, positions and beliefs, and who exactly is helping to finance a candidate’s campaign.
Your vote and your voice make a difference. Check out our Voting 2021 guide and vote!



By Peggy Teich

Posted Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 12:16pm

Rodrigo Hicks

Since 1998, Rodrigo Hicks shared his joyful personality, generous character and incredible work ethic with the library. He worked part-time in the evening, first in the Circulation Department then later with Interlibrary Loan. Thanks to Rodrigo’s meticulous work scanning and processing library materials, we were able to share our extensive collections with patrons around the world. Rodrigo was also responsible for processing books that arrived for our patrons and returned them to their home libraries. While he worked diligently, Rodrigo would take the time to share a word or two with colleagues and students. Our memories below illustrate how he touched many lives and brightened our days. Here, we share our fond memories of Rodrigo and pay tribute to a dear colleague. (Compiled and written by Karen Okamoto)


Posted Monday, July 20, 2020 - 8:57pm

This summer, all libraries in CUNY are transitioning to a new software system, Alma. We will be joining more than a thousand libraries around the world that have already adopted this state of the art end-to-end integrated library system for managing the acquisition, cataloging, circulation and sharing of resources in all formats (print, electronic, and digital). In order to ensure the smooth transition of millions of records to the new system, the CUNY libraries have to take a pause in July for processing  and cataloging any new materials and creating records. OneSearch, the discovery system that is the public face of Alma, will be still searchable but will not display any new records or updates until August 10th. Please be patient and contact us with any questions at libref@jjay.cuny.edu

Posted Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 11:36am

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Image explaining what the in-library use survey is

Image of infographic highlighting 5 items from the survey

image summarizing key comments from the survey


Text description of the 2019 in-library use survey: 5 highlights

What is the in-library use survey?

Every 3 years, the John Jay College Library distributes a paper survey to those present in the Library during a one-week period in the fall. The survey seeks to gather information on how patrons use the library, what they value about the library, and ideas on how we can improve it. Here we present some highlights and key findings from our most recent survey. 

  • 1020 respondents.
  • 95% of respondents agree and strongly agree with the statement: "The library is important to my academic success."
  • 68% use the Library for quiet individual study.
  • 87% affirmed that quiet spaces for individual study are very important.
  • 72% visit 2 or more times per week.

More individual study spaces, better chairs, more electrical outlets...

These are the three most cited suggestions from respondents. We are exploring ways to address these concerns by designing better signage for quiet study areas, applying for funding to increase the number of electrical outlets and working with other campus offices to improve study areas. 

- Karen Okamoto


Posted Monday, April 6, 2020 - 9:43pm

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Image of infographic explaining the triennial in-library use survey

image of infographic explaining that across the years survey respondents use the library for individual study

infographic illustrating that over the years survey respondent visit the library often

infographic illustrating what respondents ranked as very important over the years.

infographic summarizing 2010 comment

infographic summarizing comments from the 2013 and 2016 surveys

infographic summarizing the 2019 survey


Text description of the Triennial In-Library Use Survey Infographic 

The John Jay College Library distributes a paper survey every 3 years to visitors within the LIbrary. The survey poses a similar set of questions as a way to track changes in user opinion, behavior and expectations. With a decade of survey results now available, here we highlight some of the data that remains constant and some of the changes we've noticed over the four survey periods spanning from 2010-2019. 

1. A place to study individually.

One area that remains constant across the years is respondents' reasons for visiting the Library. Most visitors use the Library for individual study, followed by computing and printing. 

2. Library users visit often. 

Across the years, respondents have indicated that they visit the Library often: 2 or more times per week. 

3. What's very important for Library users. 

Over the years, what has been ranked as "very important" for respondents has changed slightly:

  • A place to work individual has increased slightly in importance.
  • Providing more electrical outlets is increasing in importance.
  • Software availability and computers are slightly less important. 

Summary of comments: 2010-2019


  • 172 respondents
  • 30% of comments were about noise


  • 294 respondents
  • 31% of comments were computer-related i.e. providing Microsoft Word on more workstations


  • 406 respondents
  • 21.66% of comments were computer-related i.e. providing more computers and workstations with MS Word


  • 1020 respondents
  • 22% of comments suggested more quiet individual study space

- Karen Okamoto


Posted Monday, April 6, 2020 - 9:10pm

The Lloyd Sealy Library is closed. The Lloyd Sealy Library is open.

Our physical space is shuttered for the duration, but our digital resources remain accessible, and our librarians are always available.

To navigate this uncertain terrain, we have made changes to our policies and procedures to ease burdens on our patrons. We have also tried to highlight the resources available in our collection and beyond.

  • All items on loan will be automatically renewed through the end of May, and if the situation warrants, beyond.
  • No fines will be accrued, and any imposed during this pause will be forgiven.
  • We have removed all items on hold and all items that have been requested.
  • Patrons may contact the library through email at libref@jjay.cuny.edu.
  • Live chat with a librarian has been expanded to all hours the library would have been open, including Saturdays and Sundays. The Ask a Librarian link is on our home page and here.

We have brought together information about digital resources in a new guide, providing information on using our eBooks, video collections, databases, and open access resources. It also includes information about publishers that have made their collections open to all. Professors may elect to substitute an open access text for an assigned volume now locked away in our reserve room or to locate essays collected in an assigned reader.

We will be available to serve faculty and students throughout this unprecedented health crisis. And we look forward to returning to the library for business as usual.  

-Jeffrey Kroessler


Posted Monday, April 6, 2020 - 1:58pm

This white box, the first thing you see on the library website, can be a fascinating tool when you start exploring it in detail. You get frustrated first. Stay calm, examine it carefully and realize that you can work with it and achieve amazing results.

Many times students come to the library looking for assistance in writing research papers without having a specific topic in mind. That is when OneSearch filters can come handy.

Let’s look at the Subject/Topic filters. Those are identifiers/labels/tags that tie the avalanche of search results together and guide you through the maze so you can discover some gems in the depth of the results list instead of just picking up the first three documents from the top.

Here is an example of how a broad topic search can be fine-tuned with the assistance of Subject/Topic filters. Type in your search: capital punishment

You get half a million results. Stop (instead of scrolling down) and look for help.

Screen capture of a results page in OneSearch. "Filter my results" is highlighted.


Scroll down the screen looking for different filters until you see this one that you will explore further by clicking on Show More.

Screen capture of the topic/subject filter and show more option in OneSearch. There will be some subjects that will catch your attention like Attitudes and public opinion in our case. Mark them down (these magical boxes to put a check mark will appear when you hover over the words), and then at the bottom you click apply filters.

Screen capture of active filters in onesearch. Now you can see that you have less results but still too many. You go through subject/topic filter again and discover that there is a label college students that you mark down and apply.

You have limited your initial search on a broad topic of capital punishment to a narrow one – what is college students’ attitude towards capital punishment? And your results are also limited to a manageable number that you can easily sift through.

Screen capture of the number of results in OneSearch after applying filters. The number of results are now down to 105.

Happy Subject discovery in OneSearch!

-Maria Kiriakova



Posted Friday, April 3, 2020 - 8:40pm