Students in John Jay's online programs will likely be able to access all the library materials they need without ever setting foot in the Lloyd Sealy Library. Five essential things online students should know:
You have access to thousands of ebooks and millions of articles through the Library website.
All of the Library’s databases are available to John Jay students from wherever they are working, living, or studying. Use your John Jay email username and password for access.
You can use any of the CUNY libraries.
If you live in the New York City area, feel free to come study in—and borrow books from—the library at John Jay or other CUNY campuses!* You will need to get a John Jay ID card (from Public Safety) to visit the libraries in person.
To check out books, you will need a library barcode. Library cards with barcodes can be obtained in person at the Circulation Desk for John Jay Online students who don't already have a barcode — just tell the staff at the desk that you are an online student and should have a library card awaiting pickup. Library barcode numbers will also be sent out by email within the first semester of enrollment for online students who don't already have one so they can see more results in OneSearch.
* Borrowing is not permitted at the CUNY School of Law
You can request books and articles to be delivered to you.
If you're in the New York City metropolitan area and have your library barcode, the CUNY libraries' CLICS service will deliver CUNY books to whichever CUNY library is most convenient to you.
If you live too far away from the Library, we can send you books and articles that you request. More info about our book delivery service for online students »
Your professors may put Library materials on eReserve for you.
Some classes will include readings on eReserve (a password-protected collection of course readings). You can find those materials by professor or course name. Go to eReserves »
John Jay librarians are here for you!
Email, call, text, chat, and visit us in person. Ask us how to find what you're looking for, how to properly format your citations, how to do research, and more.