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 for current Brooklyn Law School students, faculty, staff, and recent graduates studying for the bar.

Access Policies

Brooklyn Law School is a private law school. Brooklyn Law School faculty, students, and staff with valid identification cards are permitted to use the library without restriction. Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association members have unlimited access to the library’s print resources and limited access to certain digital resources for research purposes while in the library.

When asked, visitors must present valid identification to the lobby guard or to any member of the library staff. If a visitor does not have proper identification, access to the library will be denied.

U.S. Government Depository

Brooklyn Law School library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, serving as a selective depository for U.S. government documents. The BLS Library became a selective depository in 1974 and holds few government documents published prior to that date. The majority of our collection emanates from Congress and the Judiciary. We have a microfiche collection containing all Congressional hearings, reports, prints and bills from 1984 to date. The depository collection is accessible to the public Monday, – Thursday, 9:00am-8:00pm, Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm, and Saturday, 12:00pm-4:00pm. Patrons who need access to the collection must request specific assistance at the reference desk in order to be directed to the appropriate depository resources.

Students/Faculty from Other Law Schools

Individuals from local law schools may use the library by presenting their identification card or the appropriate pass as listed below:

  • New York Law School and CUNY Law School students with valid law school identification cards.
  • Full-time faculty members and law students of other New York metropolitan area law schools with valid Academic Law Library Directors of Greater New York (ALLDGNY) “green” letters that request specific materials unavailable in their own library collections and with a valid date for access.
  • Full-time faculty members and a limited number of law students of other New York metropolitan area law schools may also use the library for a semester by presenting a letter of introduction from their library to a reference librarian. Upon receipt of this letter, the student or faculty member will be issued a visitor’s pass for the semester.

METRO Referrals

Members of the public who need to use specific material from our collection must first obtain a yellow METRO referral card or online METRO referral from their public or academic library. METRO referral patrons are restricted to one referral per user per week. The METRO patron must present the yellow card or online referral print out to the BLS lobby guard upon arrival and then turn in the referral to the library reference desk. METRO referrals are valid Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday, 12:00pm to 4:00pm. METRO referral cards are not accepted during the BLS reading and examination periods. METRO referral patrons do not have access to our e-resources. METRO referral patrons are limited to 100 pages of copying per visit. The cost of copying is $.10 a page.

Attorneys Affiliated with Non–Profit Organizations

The Library will provide access to a limited number of attorneys working for non-profit organizations, for limited periods of time. To request such access, an individual attorney must send or fax a letter, in advance, on his/her organization’s letterhead. Please include the name of the attorney requesting use of the library, contact information (address, telephone, fax, and e-mail), and the dates needed for access. Please attach a photocopy of the attorney’s current employment ID. Visiting attorneys do not have access to our e-resources.

This letter should be sent to:

Kathy Darvil
Associate Librarian for Public Services
Brooklyn Law School Library
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

or emailed to

Upon approval, a visitor’s pass will be provided; this pass is non-transferable. The pass must then be presented at each visit, along with a picture ID indicating proof of employment with the relevant organization, to the lobby guard before entering the library. Both the pass and ID must be presented at each visit or access will be denied. Such access will be limited in duration, with the maximum of two (2) weeks permitted per request.

Bar Exam Study

Bar exam study passes are available to non-Brooklyn Law School graduates for a fee. Passes for the July 2020 bar exam study period will be available for sale at the first-floor library reference desk beginning May 18, 2020. A limited number of passes will be available on a first come, first serve basis. The fee is $50.00 except for graduates of law schools that charge more than $50.00 for summer access for BLS Students. For those graduates, the charge is equal to the amount that their law school charges. Individuals purchasing a pass must present a dated law school ID card or government issued identification, and proof that they are taking the July 2020 bar exam.

The purchase of a bar exam study pass entitles the individual to use the facilities of the Brooklyn Law School Library, except for computer workstations, databases, printers, and study/conference rooms.

Bar exam study for non-Brooklyn Law School graduates is a courtesy. This access is conditional: visitors must comply with all library rules and policies. Any non-BLS graduate who violates any rule or policy will lose his or her right to use the library for the remainder of the bar exam study period and will forfeit any fees paid.

Inmate Research Requests

The library will fill requests for specific materials with correct citations. Due to budget and staffing constraints, requests are limited to one per month with a limit of 100 pages per request. Please list the most important materials first. In addition, due to licensing constraints, all requests may not be filled. Photocopies and printouts of sources are mailed to inmate’s return address. Please mail correspondence to:

Brooklyn Law School Library
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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.