COVID-19 Response Update  
To learn more about fall 2021 semester policies and procedures visit COVID-19 Information.

COVID Related Information

The Library is closed except to current Brooklyn Law School students, faculty, staff, and alumni studying for the bar exam.

Please note: Alumni who are studying for the bar exam cannot gain entry to the school without prior authorization from the Library and submitting proof of COVID vaccination. Please contact the library ( for more information on how to access the library for bar exam study.

Circulation Policies

Most of Brooklyn Law School Library's research and reference materials do not circulate. The materials that do circulate are located primarily in the main and international collections on the lower level. Circulating materials may be borrowed upon presentation of a valid Brooklyn Law School identification card.

BLS Students may borrow circulating non-reserve materials for the semester.  Staff may borrow circulating non-reserve materials for 30 days. BLS faculty members have extended borrowing privileges; please see the faculty library guide for details. Materials that have not been requested by other users may be renewed online, in person, or by phone at 718-780-7973. Alumni and other visitors do not have borrowing privileges.

The following materials do not circulate to students:

  • Loose-leaf services
  • Periodicals, bound or unbound
  • Federal, regional and state primary sources (court reports, statutes, codes, administrative material, etc.)
  • Finding tools (indexes, digests, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.)
  • Form books
  • Reference material

Certain heavily-used items, including current course materials, are kept on reserve behind the circulation desk. These materials may be borrowed for two hours, but they must be used in the library.

Anyone with borrowing privileges may also request that materials currently out on loan be recalled.  The library will email the patron with the checked out items and ask that they be returned in two weeks.  As soon as such materials are returned, they will be placed on hold for the requesting patron and the requesting patron will be notified of their availability.

Audio and video cassettes or DVD's that are not on course reserve may be borrowed for 48 hours.

Laptops and headphones may be borrowed for four hours.