Information about the libraries and access to library holdings
and electronic resources are available on the libraries’ Web site.
Alert: Library Services During the
Renovation of St. Augustine Hall, Queens
With major renovation taking place at St. John’s
University’s Queens Library, many Library resources and services
will be physically unavailable/inaccessible until early in the Fall
Semester. The Chin Ying Asian Library will be unaffected and
will be open Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, call
718-990-8013. With the caveat that any of the information
below could change based on the vagaries of construction—and we
will notify you as soon as we are aware of any changes—here is the
current information about what areas and resources at the
Library will and will not be available.
- Print: although some print
materials will be stored in St. Augustine Hall for the summer, they
will be in protected areas and not accessible to library staff or
- Online: databases, ejournals, etc.
will be accessible as usual via the Libraries’ Web site;
view more information about electronic
resources and services.
Study areas will be available on
the first floor of St. Augustine Hall in the Quiet Study Area and
the Academic Commons; self-service computer workstations, printing,
and copying will also be available. All floors other than the 1st
floor are CLOSED.
On-site Library services indicated
below will be available on the first floor of St. Augustine Hall.
Hours may vary because of the construction schedule, but standard
hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8:30 to
3:00 on Friday. The Library will be closed Saturday and Sunday
beginning May 17. Check our online
calendar for more specific information.
- Info Desk: walk-up desk for
general questions, directions, etc. located in the lobby of SAH,
just outside the Freshman Center;
- Reference: in-person service at
central service desk in the Academic Commons (St. Augustine Hall,
1st floor); Ask
us! email reference as usual, including some hours that the
physical location is not open; reference librarians can assist
patrons in finding alternate libraries that own the material they
need to use over the summer and will issue METRO
cards for use of NY metro area libraries;
- Circulation/Reserves: Reserve
material will be located in the Academic Commons (St. Augustine
Hall, 1st floor); eReserves will be accessible
as normal; circulation will be essentially unavailable, and should
not be relied upon; Circulation staff will be able to issue WALDO
stickers for faculty, administrators, and staff to use WALDO
- Interlibrary Loan: will be
borrowing books and articles as usual, submit requests online; if an
item owned by St. John’s is not accessible, ILL will borrow it from
another library; come to the service desk in the Academic Commons
(St. Augustine Hall, 1st floor) for ILL assistance;
- Instructional Services: our goal
is to visit as many summer courses as possible to reach out to
students in order to minimize any inconvenience they may experience
during this period. To schedule a visit, faculty should send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call Prof. Charles Livermore at ext. 5330 or Prof. Benjamin
Turner, ext. 5562; tutorials and other
online instructional material is available as
Instructional Materials Center
We appreciate your understanding as we do our best to continue
providing library services during renovations in St. Augustine
Schedules for the Queens Campus, Staten Island, Manhattan,
Oakdale and Rome Libraries will differ. Please see web pages
of each library for specifics.
Please be aware Library hours vary during final
examinations, intersessions, and on major holidays and Catholic
holy days; hours. Changes in hours are posted at the main entrance,
and on the web pages of each library. Some individual departments
have restricted hours that are posted in each library and on the
Borrowing Policies and Procedures
As a graduate student with a valid St. John's University ID
card (StormCard), you are eligible to borrow circulating
materials at any of the campus libraries. The first time you
borrow library materials, your ID number and other information will
be recorded in the Libraries' circulation system. We strongly
recommend that you stop by the Circulation Desk at your home campus
to have your ID information registered as early as possible in the
semester. You must present your ID with the items you wish to
borrow. This policy ensures that no one else can borrow library
materials under your name.
Materials that may not be borrowed include periodicals,
government documents materials, reference materials, archives and
special collections materials, and some K-12 curriculum materials.
Special loans of non-circulating materials that are not in high
demand may be made to a faculty member for use in class or for a
brief loan period in preparation for a new course, at the
discretion of the librarian in charge of the collection.
Instructional Services include orientation to library facilities and
services and instruction in the use of library resources. Your
instructors are encouraged to arrange tailored group sessions for
their classes. Students will learn the basic procedures for finding
materials on particular subjects, the use of relevant periodical
indexes and other subject bibliographies, and how to interpret and
locate their findings. Each session provides a brief introduction
to the libraries' online catalogs, using the libraries’ web site,
and more in-depth discussion of available print and electronic
subject databases such as ABI/Inform and ERIC, as appropriate. Term
paper workshops and library tours may also be arranged. Make
arrangements for classes, workshops or tours at least one week in
advance with the Instructional Services Librarian on your campus
(Queens, Room 304, ext. 5562; Staten Island, call ext. 4521).
Electronic or e-Reserves
is rapidly becoming the means favored by faculty for providing
information to their students outside the classroom. By posting
journal articles, class notes, Power Point presentations, etc.,
your instructors can reach any student with access to a computer,
whether across the campus or across the country.
Electronic Reserves is subject
to copyright law limitations governing fair use of materials
for educational purposes. Only students with appropriate passwords
can access e-Reserves materials.
Books and photocopies of articles placed on reserve for required
reading can be found in the libraries' reserves
collections. (Certain fragile materials and some heavily used
reference books are also kept on reserve.) All Reserve items are
searchable in the libraries' online catalog.
Detailed instructions are available online
and at the Reserves desk, 2nd floor on the Queens Campus and at
the lending/circulation desks in Staten Island and Manhattan.
Photocopying of books and journal articles is subject to copyright
law limitations governing fair use of materials for educational
Center, located on the Queens campus, is a division of the
University Libraries and provides instructional materials
University-wide; equipment, in-Center.
Searching for media: All Media Center
materials are included in the Library's Online Public Access
Catalog (OPAC). Search the catalog as you would any of the