General PoliciesAccessBorrowing PrivilegesCollection DevelopmentFinesInterlibrary LoanReference ServicesStudy Rooms
The goal of the library administration and staff is to make the collection as freely available to all patrons as is consistent with proper and equitable use, and to provide a safe and secure space in which the collection may be used. We have adopted policies related to library access and resource use that further this goal.
The Rittenberg Law Library is open to:
Individuals not eligible for Rittenberg Law Library Access should contact one of New York’s many law libraries open to the public.
Law Library Access Card
The following individuals are eligible for a Law Library Access Card.
Patrons who wish to obtain a St. John's University Rittenberg Law Library Access Card must fill out and sign this application and present proper identification. The application may be sent to [email protected], or presented at the Circulation Desk.
No access cards may be used during any exam period.
Access cards do not include access to study rooms, on-campus parking, or access to subscription-based databases. For guest wireless access, contact the Law School IT Department at (718) 990-1430. For on-campus parking questions, contact Public Safety's Parking Office at (718) 990-5561.
You must supply your own password if you wish to use Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw. We are contractually prohibited from issuing passwords to anyone who is NOT a currently-enrolled student.
The Rittenberg Law Library is a New York State, United States, and United Nations Depository. Members of the general public may use these collections pursuant to the policies and procedures established for their use. Documents collections are open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Access for Individuals with Disabilities
The Law Library is accessible to persons with disabilities. All elevators and rest rooms are wheelchair accessible. The Circulation staff will retrieve books from shelves and will assist with scanning and photocopying when needed. In-house telephones are available on each floor and may be used to request assistance.
Any questions about specific needs or questions concerning Law Library access should be directed to Courtney Selby, Associate Dean for Library Services and Associate Professor of Legal Research, at [email protected]. For Access Passes, please see the Circulation Desk.
The following library patrons may borrow circulating materials for use outside the Library:
Most circulating materials may be borrowed for two-week periods. A current, valid SJU ID card, Law School Alumni Association card or other authorized borrowers card must be presented when checking out materials.
Materials for In-Library Use Only
The following materials are available for in-library use only:
Two-week loan items may be renewed twice, provided they are not "on hold" for another patron.
Renewals may be made in person or by calling the Circulation Desk (ext. 1580).
Please return all loaned books and other materials directly to the Circulation Desk. If the Circulation Desk is closed, please use the drop box outside the Library entrance. The Law Library cannot be responsible for materials returned to other locations, including other libraries on campus.
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Fines for two-week circulating items are charged at the rate of $.50 cents per day for the first four days, and $1.00 per day thereafter. Fines for Reserve materials and other items circulating on 2-hour loan are charged at a rate of $1.00 per hour.
Fines may be paid in cash, by check, or by the donation of one pair of socks per fine. Socks collected in payment of fines are given to Campus Ministry for distribution to those in need.
Borrowing privileges, registration, diplomas, or transcripts may be blocked until materials are returned or replaced, or fines are paid.
Please see the Interlibrary Loan Guide for a complete guide to the policies and procedures related to ILL services. For library users who already have an ILL account, you may log in to Illiad.
Reference Services are available to the St. John’s community, law school alumni, and authorized law library visitors. In-person and telephone reference services are available during our regular reference hours.
Detailed information regarding Faculty Reference Support.
Detailed information regarding Student Reference Support.
E-mail Reference Services
You may email a reference question to [email protected]. We will generally respond within 48 hours excluding weekends or holidays. We will do our best to provide assistance in answering your question.
This service is available to the St. John's community, law school alumni, and to licensed attorneys. So that we may serve you more effectively, we may ask you to indicate whether you are a St. John's law student, St. John's non-law student, St. John's faculty or staff, attorney or judge.
While we are happy to assist in planning research and identifying useful resources, we are unable to conduct extensive research or gather documents without a follow-up meeting. Some reference questions cannot be answered adequately via email. In that case, the responding librarian will indicate this and make other suggestions for assisting you.
Reference librarians will not give legal advice or interpretations of the law.
Study Rooms on floors 1, 1M, and 2 are available for use by law student study groups, Summer Institute students, Ron Brown Program students, and Law School Departments and Centers. Law student study groups must make a reservation using the library booking system before occupying a room. Summer Institute and Ron Brown students can reserve rooms at the Circulation Desk. Law School Departments and Centers may Reserve rooms without restrictions by contacting the library Circulation Desk.