Students should make sure they have reliable access to all the textbooks required for their courses.
You can search and shop for textbooks in John Jay's Online Bookstore. Books can be bought new or used, as rentals, and/or as ebooks. The campus pickup location is L2.66.00 (mailroom) in the New Building, open M–F 9am–5pm. More about the Online Bookstore »
CUNY offers a Textbook Savings page, which lists other textbook retailers and websites.
Borrowing textbooks in the Library
How to find a book's call number: If we have the book, it will be listed with a section and call number in OneSearch, like this:
How to use Reserve books: Request Reserve books at the Reserve Desk (to the right after entering the Library) by giving the library staff member there the call number. Reserve textbooks may only be used in the Library for 3 hours at a time. You can scan (free) or copy (15¢/pg) portions of the book. You can check out a Reserve book multiple times throughout the semester.
How to check out a Stacks book: Some books may be located in the Stacks section. They can be checked out and taken home.
- Write the call number on your syllabus, since you will need it every time you ask for the textbook.
A call number contains letters and numbers. It is not the same as an ISBN.
- Portions of books may be copied or scanned on the machines in the Reserve Room or on the second floor of the Library. Individuals should never scan or copy a complete book, since that would be a copyright infringement. More info on what you can copy and scan »
MPA students: See the MPA Newsletter for information about the MPA program textbook distribution. (The Library does not oversee this distribution.)
Last updated January 16, 2018