General PoliciesAccessBorrowing PrivilegesCollection DevelopmentFinesInterlibrary LoanResearch & Reference ServicesStudy Room Reservations
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 only open to St. John's University School of Law current students, employees, and law school alumni. A detailed description of resources and services available to law school alumni is available from our Resources for Alumni page.
Individuals not eligible for Rittenberg Law Library Access should contact one of New York’s many law libraries open to the public.
The Rittenberg Law Library is a New York State, United States, and United Nations Depository. Access to government documents is available by appointment. Please contact us to schedule an appointment if you need access to our depository collection.
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 inquiries about specific needs or questions concerning Law Library access should be directed to Courtney Selby, Associate Dean for Library Services and Professor of Legal Research, at [email protected].
The following library patrons may borrow circulating materials for use outside the Library:
Most circulating materials may be borrowed for a two-week period. Due to high demand, course reserve materials may be borrowed for 2-hours and may only be renewed twice.
Faculty members may borrow materials for up to 12 months.
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 contacting the Circulation Desk.
Faculty members may renew items by contacting the Circulation Desk.
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 Tipasa.
Research & Reference Services are available to St. John’s Law School current students and employees. Questions may be answered in person at the reference desk, by email, or by making an appointment with a librarian during our regular reference hours.
Detailed information regarding Faculty Scholarship Support.
Detailed information regarding Student Research 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.
Reference assistance via email is available to St. John's University Law School current students and employees.
While we are happy to provide reference services, including assistance in planning research strategies and identifying useful resources, our limited resources require that we limit research services to the St. John's Law School faculty and administration.
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 may only be reserved by St. John's Law School students and employees. Students must make a reservation using the library booking system before occupying a room. Law School Departments and Centers may reserve rooms for special events by contacting the library Circulation Desk.