The library staff can provide directional, bibliographic and reference assistance. However, the staff may not select a form; explain civil or criminal procedure; interpret statutes, cases, court rules; or give assistance in preparing those documents necessary to either bring or defend an action. The staff of the library is prohibited from rendering any advice, opinion, or interpretation of the law. The user is expected to make his/her own determination as to the use of the information found.

Information Guidelines


Circulation policy

The Queens Supreme Court Library is a non-lending library. However, the Judges and authorized non-judicial personnel of the Queens Supreme Court may borrow items. All items borrowed must be properly checked out. Check out procedures require the borrower to photocopy the title page of each item borrowed and to print the borrower's name, date of loan, and office phone extension on each photocopied title page.


Code of Patron Conduct

  1. Library patrons should conduct themselves at all times in a manner which does not hinder other patrons or staff members from being able to carry on their work.
  2. Quiet should be maintained in all reading areas. Patrons who need to converse should do so out of the library in the hallway .
  3. Smoking is prohibited in the library and in any part of the Queens General Courthouse.
  4. No food or beverages including water are allowed in the library.
  5. Cellular phones are not to be used in the library.
  6. Briefcases are to be kept on the floor and not on the glass tabletops.
  7. Library patrons should conduct all reading, study and research at the tables provided and not at the reference desk, circulation desk, or on the floor.
  8. Walkways and aisles must be kept clear. They cannot be obstructed by books, large packages, or personal effects.
  9. Portable computers/typewriters equipped with quiet keyboards may be used in the library.
  10. Library patrons should reshelve their books.
  11. The library staff reshelves all library materials that have been left out and are not currently being used.
  12. Library patrons must allow library staff or other patrons access to library materials and equipment.
  13. Sleeping is prohibited in the library
  14. Generally, children may not accompany adults who wish to consult or use law library legal reference materials or computerized databases .
  15. Posting or distributing any printed materials is prohibited
  16. Soliciting, begging for money or attempting to sell any items within the library is prohibited.
  17. Suspicious, disruptive or illegal behavior will be reported to the Court Officer.
  18. Anyone failing to observe one or more of these rules may be asked to leave.


Computer Use

The policy for using the computers is on a first come first served basis. At the discretion of the librarian patron use of computers may be limited to half-hour segments. Patrons must see the librarian before using the computer terminals. Library patrons may not insert devices , e.g., jump/flash drives into the USB ports of any library computer.  Library patrons may not access the CD/DVD drives of any library PC.


Microfilm/Microfiche Machines

Please see the librarian before using the reader/printer.