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Where are the BLS archives located? In room 107M of the library.

Is this room available to anyone? The room is locked; ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.

What does this collection contain? This collection contains BLS yearbooks, commencement programs, class photographs, student newspapers, etc.

How do I identify material in the archives? All cataloged items are in SARA, the library's online catalog.

Audio-Visual Room

Where is the audio-visual room? This collection is in room 111.

What kinds of material are in this collection? Audio tapes, videocassettes, CD-ROMs and DVDs.

Is this material accessible to anyone? Some of this material is in locked cabinets; ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk.

How do I find titles in this collection? Everything in this collection is cataloged and can be found in SARA, the library's online catalog.

May I view/listen to this material in the library? Yes, there is a VCR and a DVD player in room 111; there are tape players at the circulation desk.

May this material be checked out? Yes, for forty-eight hours.

Borrowing Books

How long can I check out a book? If an item is located in the main collection or international collection, students may borrow the item for the semester, upon presentation of a Brooklyn Law School identification card. For items that are frequently used or placed on course reserve, students may borrow them for two hours.

Where are the books, which I am able to borrow, located? The majority of books which circulate are located on the lower level of the library, in the international and main collection. Some additional circulating books are located on the second floor in the New York Collection.

Contemplation Room

Where is the Contemplation Room?  In Room 105M of the Library, on the ground mezzanine.





Databases and Online Journals

Where can I access the library's electronic resources? You can access the library's subscription databases and online journals at the following url: http://www.brooklaw.edu/IntellectualLife/library.aspx

How do I access the electronic resources from off campus? You need to first implement the proxy instructions to access the library's electronic resources from off campus. For directions on how to do so, click on the following url: http://brkl.brooklaw.edu/screens/proxy.html  Once implemented, you will need to sign on to your Brooklyn Law School account when prompted.


Does the library hire students? Yes, law students are hired to work at the circulation desk evening and weekends.

How do I apply for one of these positions? Contact Harold O'Grady, Reference Librarian, harold.ogrady@brooklaw.edu.


What are the overdue fines for the library's materials? The fee is $0.25 per day, per item, for each day any regular circulating material is overdue. For reserve and reference material, the fee is $1.00 per hour past due. For non-course reserve audio and video materials, the fee is $3.00 per day. For overdue lap tops, the fee is $10.00 per hour or any fraction of an hour.

What are the fines for lost, damaged, destroyed, or unreturned items? The borrower will be charged $85.00, $50.00 of which covers the cost of the item, $20.00 of which covers the processing fee and $15.00 of which covers the billing fee.






What are the library's hours of operation? During the fall and spring semesters, the library is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm; Saturday from 9:00 am-10:00pm and on Sunday from 9:00am-12:00pm. The library is open until 2:00am during the reading and exam periods. Holiday and summer hours are posted on the library web page, BLSConnect and on the library bulletin boards. 

Interlibrary Loan

How do I request an item through interlibrary loan? Interlibrary loan requests can be made online through ILLiad.  To request an interlibrary loan through ILLiad, you must first create an account.  To create an account, simply click on the "First Time Users" link and fill out the form.  Please remember that books and other items can take up to two weeks to receive.





Lost and Found

Where should I go if I lost something in the library?  Inquiries should be made at the lobby guard desk.  All items found in the library are turned in to that desk.







Where is the library's microfilm and microfiche collection?  This collection is filed in cabinets in the lower level of the library.

What does this collection contain? This collection contains state reports before the National Reporter System, some New York State appellate records and briefs, session laws, bar journals, government documents including Congressional hearings and reports, English reports, etc.

Is there equipment available to read and print from this collection?  Yes, there is a printer/scanner available in room C33.

Is there a charge for printing or scanning?  No, printing and scanning are free.

Is material in this collection listed in the library's catalog?  Yes, all microforms are cataloged and listed in SARA.

Once I have the title of a microform from the catalog, how do I find it in the collection?  All microforms have a call number; use that call number to identify the appropriate cabinet by referring to the "Guide to Microforms" at:

Is assistance available for accessing and printing and scanning microfilm and microfiche?  Yes, go to the first floor circulation desk or reference desk for assistance.


Missing Books

What do I do if I notice a book is missing?  If you notice that an item is missing from the shelf and that item is marked "Available" in SARA, please bring this to the attention of the circulation staff.  You may fill out a "Missing Book Form" and a staff member will search for the book and notify you if the item is found.  If it is not found within two weeks, you will also be notified.  In the interim, you may request the item via ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system:



You may also fill out an online missing book:  https://services.brooklaw.edu/library/missing/contactform.htm





Printing, Copying, Scanning

How do I print, copy, or scan using my Pharos account? Follow this link for instructions.

How do I add money to my account?  You can add money to your account online using your debit or credit card.  Log on to BLSConnect and click on "Printing Account Replenishment" under the "My Bookmarks" section of your homepage.  To pay by cash or check, visit the Finance Office during office hours.

Can I receive a credit if my print or copy jobs are illegible? Yes.  If your print or copy jobs are illegible, bring the materials to the reference desk and a reference librarian will credit your account.

How do I make double sided copies? Tap the "Sides" option and you will be given the choice to print single of double sided copies.

How do I scan more than one page in a single email?  Scroll down the "More Options" screen until you see the "Job Build" feature.  Select "Job Build" on and your images will be scanned in a single email. 

How can I print remotely in the library?  Follow this link for instructions.


How can I renew a book?  Ask the circulation desk staff to renew circulating materials, not request by another user, for an additional month. Renewals may be made by telephone or by accessing your online patron account in SARA.

How can I renew an interlibrary loan? To renew an interlibrary loan, log-on to your ILLiad account.





Study/Conference Rooms

What is the policy for the use of the library's study and conference rooms?  Except during the reading and exam periods, the policy for the use of study rooms is as follows:  Rooms may be reserved for use by two or more students for up to four hours per day, using the Study Room Reservation system.

Rooms that are not reserved may be used on a first-come, first-served basis, but students who have reserved a room have priority over students who are using an empty room without reserving it.

What is the study and conference room policy during the reading and exam periods?

During the reading and exam periods, students must reserve study rooms.  Groups of two or more students may reserve one library study room for up to four hours per day.  Students must sign-up for a study room through our online study room reservation system.  No student may reserve a room for individual use.

How do I sign-up during the reading and exam periods?

The online study room reservation system is accessible under "Related Links" on the Library's homepage.

How do I know when mandatory reservations begin each semester?

An announcement is posted on BLS Connect. 





Visitor's Passes

How do I obtain a visitor's pass to study at another library?

There are several types of passes available depending on the material you need and where it is available.  METRO Referral Cards are available if you need to use a college or university undergraduate library in the area for a specific publication; the Conference of Law School Library Directors of Greater New York "green letters" are available if you want to use a local law school library for a specific title and a limited number of semester pass letters are available for most of the law school libraries in the area.  To obtain one of these passes, see a reference librarian.


Brooklyn Law School students may use the libraries of New York Law School and CUNY Law School by presenting a valid BLS ID card.  Accessibility to these two law school libraries is made through our membership in a consortium of the three libraries called JILP (Joint International Law Project).   




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