Libraries Policies



The University Libraries are open to all current St. John’s University students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Those entering the libraries and using services are required to present a valid St. John’s StormCard. Accessible restrooms in the library are located on the third and fourth floors of the St. Augustine Hall. If you need help finding or accessing print resources, please visit the service desk on the third floor for assistance.


The University Libraries provides current St. John’s University students, faculty and staff access to a wide range of electronic resources (library databases, ebooks, journals, etc.). You will be prompted to enter your St. John’s SignOn credentials to gain access to these materials, both on and off campus.


St. John’s University Libraries fosters the open exchange of ideas and inquiry in a respectful environment free of harassment. Harassment may include comments, gestures, facial expressions, or imagery that demeans people based on language, religion, ethnicity, gender, physical or mental disability, physical appearance, or sexual preference. Those using library spaces, services and resources will treat other library users and employees with consideration and respect. We will respect the rights of others, and practice self-discipline. We will help protect the library collections and spaces while holding ourselves and each other accountable for keeping these norms. Together we can create a library environment that is welcoming, caring and affirming. Adopted by the St. John’s University Libraries Faculty Council on November 2, 2021. 

University Libraries' Access Policy last updated 06/03/2024


We welcome St. John’s Alumni to use the third and fourth floor library spaces in St. Augustine Hall. To use the spaces, please reach out to the Campus Alumni Office to begin the process of obtaining a current Alumni Library Access Card. This card will enable you to gain access to the library’s physical spaces on the third and fourth floors of St. Augustine Hall and to use the print materials in-house. You will need to bring your Library Access Card to gain access to the elevators and stairwells.

The Alumni Library Access card does not ensure borrowing privileges or access to electronic resources. These services are reserved for those who have active St. John’s University SignOn credentials.

With an Alumni Library Access Card, you can:    
-Browse print books and periodicals.  
-Enjoy the library spaces to read, study or use library materials in-house except during midterms and finals.  
-Use the SJUGuest Wifi on your phone, personal laptop or other devices.
-Use the Scannx scanner (located in the 3rd floor South wing) in order to scan documents or images to a USB drive, Google Drive, or smartphone.  

As our guest, your use of the library spaces and materials means that you are accepting to abide by the Libraries Community Norms and other library policies.

By using the University Libraries' spaces in St. Augustine Hall, alumni visitors are agreeing to adhere to the Libraries’ Policies and the Library Community Norms, which can be found online at

Last updated 06/03/2024

Access to the electronic and digital resources licensed by the Libraries are limited to the University’s current students, faculty and staff for personal research, and for academic and instructional purposes, either on campus or remotely. To access these resources, you will be prompted to login using your St. John’s SignOn credentials.  

The accessibility, usage and reproduction of such resources is protected under Copyright Law of the United States (in conjunction with "Fair Use" practices) and St. John's Universities contractual licensing agreements. 

Downloading, temporary storage, and printing of available materials are dependent upon the parameters set by the publisher. 

Please do not share personal information such as passwords or access codes. Excessive downloading, posting or publicly sharing copyrighted materials, or using these materials for commercial gain should not occur.  

Things to remember:

  • Think before you act: following the policies ensures equitable access for all and will avoid disruption of library privileges.
  • You may not download entire issues of electronic journals or sequential chapters of books. 
  • Systematic downloading of protected resources/materials may be detectable by information providers, which could result in loss of access for you.  
  • Sharing and distribution of proprietary texts without permission goes against our licensing agreements.
  • Licensed products obtained for usage by St. John's University may have additional permissions, requirements, and prohibitions incorporated with their accessibility.


Borrowing materials

All members of the St. John’s University community with St. John’s SignOn credentials are eligible to borrow circulating materials. Your digital ID from the St. John’s Connect app is used to check out circulating and reserve items. If assistance is needed in finding or retrieving material, circulation staff are ready to assist.


The loan period for circulating items is 28 days for undergraduate students and staff, and 90 days for full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Loan periods for print reserve materials vary. You will be informed of due dates when you borrow short-term reserve items. 


Returning materials: 
Circulating items may be returned at the 3rd-floor service desk or in the book drop located on the 1st floor of St. Augustine Hall.


Borrower notices: 
St. John’s University Libraries will communicate with you through your St. John’s University email address. The “from address” for these notices is [email protected].

  • An email will be sent to you when an item is checked-out to your account, and when the item is checked-in.
  • An “advance notice” email will be sent to you three days prior to the due date. 
  • An “item is due” notice will be sent on the due date.


If an item is not returned by the due date, the following notices are sent as needed:

  • 7 days after the due date, an overdue notice will be sent to you. 
  • 30 days after the due date, a long overdue will be sent to you.
  • 60 days after the due date, a second a long overdue notice will be sent to you.



Renewals for circulating items are based on patron category.

  • Full-time faculty, undergraduate students, and staff are allowed 1 renewal if there are no hold requests for the item.
  • Administrators, Adjunct Faculty, and Graduate Students do not have renewal privileges.
  • If there are no renewals available, you must bring the item to the third-floor service desk to be checked in. If the item is still needed for course work or research, it may be checked out again.


Instructions for renewing online:

  • Items can be renewed online by going to the Library main page:
  • Click on the Library Account tab at the top of the page. You may be asked to use your St. John’s SignOn credentials,
  • Select the items to renew and click on the red “Renew items” button.



  • Borrowers with overdue reserve and media materials are placed on borrowing hold after 1 day.   
  • Borrowers with overdue circulating items will be blocked from borrowing after 30 days overdue. The item is then considered long overdue. The borrowing block will be lifted once the book is returned. 
  • The borrower is responsible for notifying the library immediately if library material is damaged or lost. 


Last updated as of 06/03/2024 


Current St. John’s students, staff, faculty or administrators may bring their children into the library, but they must be accompanied and supervised at all times. The accompanying adult is responsible for the safety, behavior, and supervision of their children, who will be expected to respect library property and their fellow patrons as indicated in the Library Code of Conduct. Children and minors are not eligible to borrow materials or use electronic resources.

Should a child be unattended for any reason, Public Safety will be contacted. A child will not be allowed to leave the library without an accompanying adult or a St. John’s University Public Safety Officer.

Government Documents / Federal Depository Library Program 

The Queens Campus St. Augustine Hall Library Government Documents program is working with the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) to meet evolving Post-COVID Federal Depository Program guidelines, and the emergence of Digital FDLP guidelines.   


For Assistance with Online Government Documents  

FDLP Government documents can be accessed freely online directly to the public without charge. Additional guided assistance is available through our Government Documents Library guide. Please contact us if you have questions about finding and using electronic government documents. Reference: 718-990-6727; Ask a Librarian   


For Assistance with Print Government Documents  

The St. John’s University Main Library (in St. Augustine Hall) is open to St. John’s University students, faculty and staff with current St. John’s IDs only. At this time, access to the select FDLP Government Documents print collection is available by appointment only. Please call (718) 990-5083 and leave a message, or email your inquiry to The depository coordinator, Anthony Todman, will respond as soon as possible. By making an appointment, FDLP visitors are agreeing to followthe Libraries' Community Norms.  


Other St. John’s FDLP libraries:  

The Purpose of the Proxy Patron Account

The St. John's University Libraries provide University faculty the opportunity to name proxies to represent them in the Libraries. This service is intended to assist faculty in doing their library research by authorizing their designees to use the library in said faculty member's name.

Who may serve as a proxy?

Current St. John's University students, research assistants and employees are eligible to serve as proxies. Faculty members may authorize as many proxies as they choose.

How to Apply for the Proxy Patron Account

Faculty may request a proxy account by completing the Proxy Request Form and submitting it to the Circulation Desk of either the Queens or Staten Island campus libraries, or at the Queens Media Center and IMC desks. Proxy privileges may be issued for up to one year, at the sponsoring faculty member's discretion. 

Responsibilities of the Sponsoring Faculty Member

Sponsoring faculty members are fully responsible for all materials borrowed in their name. All circulation notices will be sent to the faculty member.

The University Libraries provides Community Bulletin Boards on the first floor in the Quiet Study area to post flyers, posters, and other appropriate information. Flyers/posters must be approved by Student Government, Incor by an academic department/administrative unit and must bear a stamp or signature indicating such approval. All other posters/flyers are subject to removal.


  • Post only one copy
  • Remove others’ posters/flyers only after the event has passed
  • Use pins, not tape

We reserve the right to remove materials that are posted in other areas of the building.


Beverages in covered containers are permitted in the library spaces providing appropriate care is taken. Light snacks are permitted if they are not distracting to others because of odors, noise, etc. Please remember that the library is a shared space. Make sure your work area is clean before you leave: throw out trash and wipe clean table or desk surfaces.

Food deliveries or restaurant take-out items are not permitted in the library. These meals meal should be enjoyed the cafe area only.

The St. John’s University Libraries respect the right of privacy of all patrons regarding the use of the Libraries. Library records are covered by New York State Law NY CLS CPLR § 4509 (2001):

“Library records, which contain names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of public, free association, school, college and university libraries and library systems of this state, including but not limited to records related to the circulation of library materials, computer database searches, interlibrary loan transactions, reference queries, requests for photocopies of library materials, title reserve requests, or the use of audio-visual materials, films or records, shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except that such records may be disclosed to the extent necessary for the proper operation of such library and shall be disclosed upon request or consent of the user or pursuant to subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by statute.”

The Libraries also observe all St. John’s University privacy and confidentiality policies, including:

Library patrons who have questions, concerns, or complaints about the Libraries’ handling of their privacy and confidentiality rights should file written comments with the Dean of Libraries.

Caroline Fuchs,
University Librarian and Dean of Libraries
St. John's University
8000 Utopia Pkwy,
Queens, NY 11439