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Access Privileges

Access Privileges

The University Libraries are intended primarily for the use of currently enrolled Seton Hall University students and currently employed faculty, administrators and staff. Desktop computers are reserved for the SHU Community.

Members of the community are welcome to use the building and campus Wi-Fi. The Library guest policy requires guests to leave the building by 12 am - 7 days a week.

Alumni must have their Alumni card to access our desktops, and/or check out books. Read more about library services for alumni.

Retired and emeriti faculty retain library privileges, including Interlibrary Loan.

During 2022 there is no guest access to computers.

General Conditions for Access

Everyone who enters the library agrees to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines established by the University, and follow directional and other signage and directives posted throughout the library.  Specifically:

Individuals are required to wear a mask or practice social distancing indoors. There is no eating in the library. 

• Enforcement is via the honor code. We expect everyone will be truthful in their reporting and activities.

A valid SHU ID card or a visitor's pass, to be worn after guests sign the University Library Visitor's Book, must be available and/or visible for presentation to a member of the University Public Safety and/or to University Libraries personnel, at all times.

  • Persons using the University Libraries may be under video surveillance.

  • Persons using the University Libraries must not create a disturbance or exhibit behavior that interferes in any manner with normal, or any other person's, use of the University Libraries.

  • Persons who bring minor children with them into the University Libraries must closely supervise them and remain with them at all times


Seton Hall University students who do not comply with the rules outlined above may be asked to leave the University Libraries, and an incident report will be filed with the Dean for Community Development; in addition, the student may be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Persons other than current students whose behavior is not consistent with the rules outlined above:

  • may be asked to leave the University Libraries,
  • may be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities and subject to arrest,
  • and may be barred from using the University Libraries for a given period, even permanently.

Additional library rules are available on the Rules and Policies page.

Reciprocal Borrowing and Lending Consortium

The Reciprocal Borrowing and Lending Consortium allows ReBL card holders to access 25 member libraries in Essex County (NJ). The ReBL card is free. Community members must obtain the ReBL Card from their local library. At Seton Hall University Libraries, ReBL cardholders may borrow up to six books--print books only, no e-books.


A person who is barred from using the University Libraries for any reason may appeal to the Dean of University Libraries for the reinstatement of privileges.

Revised June 19, 2013

Revised August 20, 2020

Revised January 28, 2021

Revised July 23, 2021

Revised February 2, 2022