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.
Five essential things students who are enrolled in fully-online master's/bachelors degree programs should know:
You have access to thousands of ebooks and millions of articles through the Library website, right from Day 1 of your program.
OneSearch is your online portal to all of the John Jay Library's ebooks, 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 ebooks, videos, online 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. Step-by-step login guide »
About barcodes: In OneSearch, you can optionally get a few extra features and can see just a few more search results by logging in with your library barcode number. Your barcode number should be emailed to you within the first month of your first semester if you didn't already have one. The yellow alert in OneSearch suggests logging in with your barcode, but this is completely optional. You can already view the vast majority of articles/ebooks/videos without a barcode.
You can use any of the CUNY libraries.
You can check out books from most CUNY libraries as well. To check out books, you will need your John Jay Library card, unless your John Jay ID has a barcode sticker on the back. To get your library card, visit the Circulation Desk and let them know that you are an online student and should have a library card awaiting pickup.
You can request books to be delivered to you.
If you're in the New York City metropolitan area and have your library barcode number, you can request books from any CUNY library that has a copy. The CLICS service will deliver your requested item to whichever CUNY library is most convenient to you.
If you live outside the New York City metropolitan area, we can send you books upon request, as well as articles to which John Jay does not have online access. More info about our delivery service for online students »
Note: the Library does not handle the mailing of MPA program textbooks. See the MPA website for their distribution information »
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John Jay librarians are available to answer your research questions!
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