About the Library

The James E. Tobin "JET" library supports Molloy's mission, as well as, the goals of students and faculty by providing an environment conducive to academic learning. The Library has supported a wide variety of undergraduate programs for over half a century, graduate programs for more than a decade, and Doctoral Programs for the last several years.

  • Present Day

    photo of the main floor of the library taken from the mezzanine levelLocated on the second floor of Kellenberg Hall, the JET Library supports Molloy students, faculty, and staff. Degreed librarians are always available to provide individualized assistance to students and faculty across multiple service points and locations. During the fall and spring semesters, the main library is open 84 hours a week, and a librarian is available 40 hours a week at the Suffolk Center. Reference librarians and virtual Chat services are available during these hours for research assistance to anyone on or off campus. 

    Students or faculty from any location are welcome to take advantage of the library's instructional services by requesting group or individualized in-person or virtual instruction sessions with a librarian by submitting an online form.

  • How it Started

    black and white photograph of original Molloy mansion


    In September of 1955, Molloy Catholic College for Women opened its library's doors to 42 students starting their first year. At that time, the library was located in a mansion that was the original home of Molloy College.

  • Who was James E. Tobin?

    You may have noticed that the Molloy Library, currently referred to as the JET Library, is named after Dr. James E. Tobin. You may have then wondered “who is Dr. Tobin?” We hope this article will give you some insight as to who Dr. James E. Tobin was.

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    Dr. Tobin (pictured, third from left) earned his B.A. degree from Boston College in 1925. He then went on to earn both his M.A. and PhD from Fordham University. In 1927, Dr. Tobin joined the faculty of Fordham University where he served as Chairman of the Graduate School Department of English from 1936-1946. In 1948, he came to Queens College as a faculty member in the English Department and was named Dean of the Department, in addition to Dean of the Queens College School of General Studies.

    A very generous contributor to the library’s collection of books, Dr. Tobin donated many books from his own personal library. He also held several positions at the college including trustee, member of the advisory board, and instructor from 1957-1960. In 1967, the library of Molloy Catholic College for Women (as it was previously known), was then renamed the James E. Tobin Library in his honor.

    Dr. Tobin was presented the prestigious Thomas Moore Association Medal in 1961 for publishing his “Dictionary of Catholic Biography.” In the year 1968, Dr. James E. Tobin passed away at the age of 63. It has been said that Dr. Tobin was known for “his warmth, integrity and spirited devotion to both students and faculty.”

    ~Robert Martin, Acquisitions Librarian, 2018

    See the original article in JETstream
  • 2023 Molloy Team Award Recipient

    president award logoThis award is given to a Team, Committee, or Department who, through an innovative approach, have demonstrated risk taking, problem solving and creativity to make improvements on behalf of the University. They serve as an example of teamwork and collaboration amongst fellow colleagues, students, and others in our community.

Library Contacts

Main Number: (516) 323-3910
Archives & Special Collections: 323-3223
Circulation Desk: 323-3913
Information Commons: 323-3932
Interlibrary Loan and Reserves: 323-3914
Learning Commons: 323-3296
Reference Librarian Desks: 323-3910
Suffolk Center Extension Library: 323-3584 

Library Directory

Library Access & Policies

The library should be an environment for study, reflection, reading, and research. Adhering to the following common-sense guidelines will help ensure that the library remains a safe, productive and respectful place for patrons and library staff.

Anyone found displaying disruptive behaviors may be asked to leave the library by staff or Public Safety. Disruptive Behaviors of this nature could result in either library privileges being revoked, or in extreme cases, further disciplinary actions.

The following behaviors are not permitted in the library under any circumstances:

  • Cell phone use for conversations or video chats
  • Proctored online exams that require video and microphone access
  • Loud conversations or abusive language
  • Threatening or harassing behavior toward other patrons or library staff
  • Using or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Smoking of any kind - including e-cigarettes and vapes

Learn more about our policies

Library Collections

Molloy's ID card serves as the library borrowing card and the same username and password used for Canvas or email provides off-campus access to an extensive collection of electronic resources. 

Library collections include:

  • Physical books, DVDs, and periodicals
  • Electronic books, journals, articles, images, and streaming media
  • Unique items such as The Dominican Studies collection
  • Archives & Special Collections

 Learn more about our collections

Library Locations & Spaces

photograph of main floor of the ibrary taken from the mezzanine levelThe JET Library's primary location is on the Rockville Centre Campus in Kellenberg Hall. Additional locations include an extension library at the Suffolk Center and the Information Commons in the Public Square.

Learn more about our locations

Library Services

The library service teams include:

  • Patron Services
  • Technical Services
  • Electronic and Digital Services
  • Reference and Instruction Services

Learn more about our services