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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.

Attend a How to Use the Library workshop, held frequently during the first month of classes, for an informal introduction to using the Library. Workshops are 30 minutes or less. No reservation is required to attend a workshop. Just check in with a librarian at the Reference Desk on the upper floor of the Library. Our other workshops may be useful to you, too! 

Checking out books

Borrowing books from the Library is free! Undergraduates can check out books for 4-week periods, with two 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 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 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 $15 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.

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As a CUNY student, you have a complimentary digital subscription to the New York Times. Read the news on your computer & smartphone!

More student resources

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

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Posted Monday, August 26, 2013 - 12:00pm

Send info via text

CUNY+ has a new feature: text yourself a call number! Click Send info via text on any CUNY+ book record, enter your number and carrier, and you'll get an SMS within a few seconds.

CUNY+ SMS form

You'll be in and out of the stacks in minutes flat.

SMS from CUNY+

Happy hunting!

Need to review how to find books in the Library?

Posted Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 10:28am

It’s summertime! It’s the time of year when you have some time on your hands! It’s the perfect time to do some reading! Why not take a look at some of the ebooks we have available here in our collections from Ebrary and Ebsco Ebooks?!

Below are a couple of ebook titles that we have acquired in the last year. These highlighted books will open your mind and challenge you. Download one of them to your mobile device for either 7 or 14 day! Brag about the type of books you read now that you are a college student!

Downloading ebooks from us is easy! Install both Adobe Digital Editions software and BlueFire ebooks reading app on your mobile device. Both are free! You can find the button for the download when you open any of the titles listed below. (Here is a very useful video from Youtube from Downing College on how to download ebooks to mobile devices.) Download one and start enjoying it today!

And as always, for more detailed instructions check our library’s subject guide on ebooks.


LaPierre, Brian (2012). Hooligans in Khrushev’s Russia: defining, policing, and producing deviance during the thaw. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press.

Tismeneanu, Vladimir (2012). The devil in history: communism, fascism, and some lessons of the twentieth century. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Giannagelo, Stephen J. (2012). Real-life monsters: a psychological examination of the serial murderer. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Friedman, Jaclyn and Jessica Valenti (eds.). (2008). Yes means yes! Visions of female sexual power & a world without rape. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.

Asma, Stephen. (2012). Against fairness. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press

Cummins, Denise. (2012). Good thinking: seven powerful ideas that influence the way we think. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.

Lindemann, Danielle. (2012). Dominatrix: gender, eroticism, and control in the dungeon. Chicago,IL: University of Chicago Press.

Cadge, Wendy. (2012). Paging God: religion in the halls of medicine. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Cohen, David. (2011). Freud on coke. London: Cutting Edge Press.

Schneps, Leila. (2013). Math on trial: how numbers get used and abused in the courtroom. New York: Basic Books.

Richmond, Sarah, Geraint Rees, and Sarah J. L. Edwards (eds.). (2012). I know what you're thinking: brain imaging and mental privacy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bridges, John C. (2012). Illusion of intimacy: problems in the world of online dating. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Feynman, Richard P. (2011). Six easy pieces: essentials of physics explained by its most brilliant teacher. New York: Basic books.

Padmanabhan, Thanu. (1998). After the first three minutes: the story of our universe. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Leith, Sam. (2012). Words like loaded pistols: rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama. New York: Basic Books.

O’Leary, Alan (2011). Tragedia all’italiana: Italian cinema and Italian terrorisms, 1970-2010. New York: Peter Lang.

Kadushin, Charles. (2012). Understanding social networks: theories, concepts, and findings. New York: Oxford University Press.

Bronson, Eric (ed.) (2012). The girl with the dragon tattoo and philosophy: everything is fire. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Dunn, George A. and Nicolas Michaud (eds.) (2012). The Hunger games and philosophy: a critique of pure treason. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.


Posted by Prof. M. Kiriakova



Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 12:10pm

The Form C guidelines encourage faculty to present their scholarly work in a way that communicates its quality and value to members of the personnel committee representing the  range of academic fields and specializations: “It is helpful to the multidisciplinary review committees to understand the quality of your work. As such, you should provide evidence of the quality of the published and creative works through measures conventional to your discipline.” (from John Jay College Form C, revised April 2011)

To assist faculty in gathering quantitative and qualitative information on their scholarly output, the Library put together an online guide to Faculty Scholarship Resources that provides an overview of commonly used metrics  as well as supplemental information on the subject. 

We are hosting two workshops to demonstrate and discuss these resources in the library classroom:

  • Monday, June 17th at 11am 
  • Thursday, June 27th at 3 pm

Please kindly RSVP to Marta Bladek (

Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 12:12pm

GRE prepartion page

Go to the Testing & Education Reference Center »

Gone are the days when you had to leaf through dozens of books to find a perfect match if you were looking for a college program, graduate school offerings, or scholarship opportunities, or tried to build up your first resume using a template. The Lloyd Sealy Library subscribes to the Testing & Education Reference Center database. It offers:

  • College programs search
  • Scholarships search
  • Online test preparation tool for many standardized tests

The Test & Education Reference Center database can be accessed from the list of the library databases whenever you have an Internet connection. You will be required to create a login to keep track of your progress when you do a test online, when you want to edit your resume, etc.

The database is easy to navigate. From the top menu, select tools that you might want to explore: High School, College Prep, Career, Grad School and International. Even if you are already a college student, try out High School Tools, for they have many self-paced courses in English and math (the subjects your John Jay College professors hinted you need some brushing up in). The College Prep Tools such as Resume Builder and Scholarship Search are amazing.

Highlights of the Career Tools are tutorials for Basic Computer Skills, Resume Builder, and Virtual Career Library. The latter is a virtual career coach that helps you to navigate careers, prepare a resume, train you for an interview, etc. Career Tools contain online tests and e-books in firefighting and law enforcement that are of interest to many John Jay College students: 

Accompanying online books will help you to master the exams.

If you want to go to a graduate school, then the Grad School Tools is your next stop to practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT tests and more. You can even search for grad schools scholarships. And if you are an international student who wants to improve the TOEFL scores, then browse International Tools. This section also has questions for the US Citizenship Exam.

In addition to online test and e-books, this database provides current articles on higher education and helps students make informed decisions on many facets of their academic and professional careers.

Posted by Maria Kiriakova 2013; updated with links 2017

Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 11:55am

Lloyd Sealy Library browsing collectionTake a look at the newest section of our library: the Browsing Collection! Located just past the Niederhoffer Lounge on the first floor, this growing collection of fiction and non-fiction is the place to find your next must-read. Looking for a beach read or a homework break? Look no further! 

A selection of titles:

  • Casino Royale (starring James Bond!) (1953), by Ian Fleming
  • The Best American Short Stories (2001), ed. Barbara Kingsolver 
  • The Godfather Returns (2004), by Mark Winegardner
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999), by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Interpretation of Murder (2006), by Jeb Rubenfeld
  • On Death's Bloody Trail: Murder and the art of forensic science (1993), by Brian Marriner
  • Talk Talk (2006), by T.C. Boyle
  • The Voyage of the Narwhal (1998), by Andrea Barrett

Happy browsing!

Lloyd Sealy Library browsing collection

Lloyd Sealy Library browsing collection

Lloyd Sealy Library browsing collection

Posted by Robin Davis

Posted Monday, May 6, 2013 - 4:32pm

sealy exhibit

Materials highlighting the Lloyd Sealy Papers are currently on exhibit in the Niederhoffer Lounge on the first floor of the library. Stop by the exhibit and see why John Jay College is honored to have named the library after this outstanding individual. You may learn more about the manuscript collection by reading this finding aid (PDF). The Lloyd Sealy Papers are available by appointment only in Special Collections to interested researchers.  

For more on Lloyd Sealy please read Lloyd George Sealy: an appreciation.

sealy exhibit

Sealy exhibit

Blog post and exhibit by Tania Colmant-Donabedian

Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 - 2:34pm

Crime Fiction is literature that deals with fictional versions of crime. It is different from True Crime, which are tales based in fact. Crime Fiction is limited only by imagination and can including detective mysteries, noir thrillers, and courtroom drama. On display in the Niederhoffer Lounge are some samples of excellent crime fiction available at the John Jay College Library!

If you are interested in finding out more, take a look at our Crime Fiction Subject Guide and search the CUNY+ catalog for “crime fiction."

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 4:13pm

The essay contest is now closed, but you can still visit the exhibit on the upper floor. Good luck to all the students who entered!
Rubin Museum

A new exhibit in the library features some exhibition catalogs recently donated by the Rubin Museum. A corresponding pamphlet written by Professor Karen Okamoto lists the titles in the Rubin donation as well as a small selection of related books in our collections as well as suggestions for finding many more resources.

This exhibit is also intended to support students who are researching and writing essays to submit to the Rubin Museum Essay Contest. This contest offers 7 cash prizes toward your tuition, between $500-$3000 for John Jay undergraduate student writers who write winning essays. More information on the award as well as a worksheet of suggested topics are also available as another handout adjacent to the exhibit, which is behind the reference desk on the second floor of the library.

The Librarians are available to assist you in researching your essay at the reference desk whenever the library is open. Entry to the Rubin Museum is free to all John Jay Students and Staff.

Rubin Museum  Rubin Museum

From the Essay Contest Instructions:

Choose a work or set of works of art from the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art. Write an essay about the work (or those works) that explores how the piece or pieces define or express the idea of justice. As John Jay commences its 50th anniversary, it may be useful to reflect on our history as a college and a force for social change as you come up with the concept for your essay topic. Your essay may consider any of a wide range of issues, including but not limited to: justice as it relates to retribution and punishment; justice as it relates to death; justice as it relates to the possible differences between what gods and human beings consider fair; justice as it relates to violence and non-violence.

In order to be considered an essay must be typewritten and submitted in hard copy. No e-mailed or faxed entries will be considered. The essay must be between 1000 and 3000 words long. Each student entering an essay, must submit four copies of the essay to Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities by no later than 5:00pm on April 5th, 2013 The first copy of the essay must be accompanied by a detachable title page bearing the name of the student and the last four digits of his/her Social Security Number. The remaining pages of all copies of the submission must include the last four digits of the Social Security Number and no other identifying information. The Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities will accept submissions from March 11th through April 5th. Winning essays will be selected by April 19th. For more information consult the Rubin Museum website. See also: more information about past winners

From the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Essay Contest Worksheet:

Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Spring 2013: While visiting the Rubin Museum of Art, you might consider researching the artworks below as they relate to concepts of justice. You are not limited to these works, and we encourage you to investigate others, but they provide a good place to start. If you have questions, roaming Museum Guides in our galleries can help and there are Rubin Museum catalogs in the John Jay library. All works can be found on the 2nd floor. To learn more about our collection, visit where you will find museum resources, online interactives, and links to audio guides at iTunesU. Most pieces in the museum have a Himalayan Arts Resources (HAR) number. By visiting, and typing in the HAR number, you can read articles about artworks and download their images. Please be sure to cite the HAR number in your essay.

Questions about the Essay Contest? Please contact Kevin Nesbitt at the Office of Academic Affairs at or Vielka Holness at the Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities at

Posted Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 6:05pm

Graphic novels

As technology makes the world increasingly more visually oriented, many are turning to graphic novels to become an essential component in literacy, education, and entertainment.  On display in the Niederhoffer Lounge are some samples of excellent graphic novels available at the John Jay College Library!

Also, if you are interesting in finding out more, consider taking a look at our Graphic Novel Subject Guide and search the CUNY+ catalog for “graphic novels” or “manga”!

Graphic novels

Graphic novels

Posted Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 1:37pm