How to Use
Library Laws of New Jersey
The sixth edition of Library Laws of New Jersey was produced in loose-leaf version. This online version updates the loose-leaf version of Library Laws which will no longer be produced in print. Changes from the Sixth Edition can be printed out and installed in your loose-leaf if you wish. In addition, there are instructions for printing sections of statutes/code or the whole of Library Laws.
The material for Library Laws was arranged by broad subject categories, which allowed for the grouping of relevant laws. Laws which could not easily be placed in one of the subject categories were placed in the Miscellaneous section.
This volume is comprised of materials reprinted from the New Jersey Statutes Annotated and the New Jersey Administrative Code. These are the two most important legal reference books of New Jersey law. The New Jersey Statutes Annotated contains the actual laws of New Jersey currently in effect. The New Jersey Administrative Code is a compilation of the administrative regulations which specify how these laws will be implemented.
Throughout the text, the regulations which have been included from the New Jersey Administrative Code have been placed following the statutes to which they relate. Each citation is labeled with the abbreviation for either New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) or New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) to identify the source of the reprinted text.
Using the New Jersey Statutes Annotated and the New Jersey Administrative Code can be confusing for those not trained in legal research. The following is a brief explanation of the abbreviations found in the New Jersey Statutes Annotated and the New Jersey Administrative Code.
New Jersey Statutes Annotated
The New Jersey Statutes Annotated is a compilation of the current public laws of New Jersey. It is divided into 58 titles, each corresponding to a broad subject such as education or labor. Each title is further divided into chapters and sections. It is cited in the following manner:
Example: N.J.S.A. 40:54-19.2
In this example, 40 refers to the title, 54 refers to the chapter, and 19.2 refers to the section.
Frequently, at the end of a section of statutes, you will find a citation to the source of the law. This information can be very useful in tracing the changes in the wording of a law over the years. It also serves as a starting point for further research into the legislative intent or purpose behind the passage of the law. The source of the law is cited in the following manner:
Example: L. 1941, C. 67, p. 152 2
In this example, L. 1941 refers to the year in which the law was passed. The number 67 indicates that this law was the 67th law enacted in 1941. C. 67 refers to the chapter to which the law was assigned in the laws of that year. P. 152 refers to the page of the Sessions Laws where the law was originally published.
The Sessions Laws is a book which reprints the laws for that year in numerical chapter order before the laws are codified by subject in the New Jersey Statutes Annotated. Each law is also divided into sections. 2 indicates that this was the second section of the original law.
Often a law has been amended several times since its passage. If a law has been amended, the citations to the amendments have also been included at the end of the law.
When there is no citation to the Session Laws included with the law, it means that this law was in effect when the last comprehensive revision of the laws of New Jersey was completed in 1937 and that no amendments to that law have been passed since then.
New Jersey Administrative Code
The New Jersey Administrative Code is a compilation of the current regulations issued by New Jersey State administrative agencies. It is divided into 21 titles, each title containing the regulations issued by a specific department. Each title is divided into subtitles, chapters, subchapters, and sections. It is cited in the following manner:
Example: N.J.A.C. 6:64-2.2.
In this example, 6 refers to a title, 64 refers to a chapter, 2 refers to a subchapter, and .2 refers to a section.
Additional information is often provided with New Jersey Administrative Code citations such as authority, source and effective date, and expiration date.
The authority line cites the New Jersey law under which these regulations were promulgated.
N.J.S.A. 18A:4-15, N.J.S.A. 40:33-13.2d through 13.2n.
In this example, the citations refer to the appropriate statutes.
The source indicates where the regulation was originally published or where the text of the amendment has appeared. It is cited in the following manner:
Example: Source and Effective Date
Effective June 6, 1983. See: 15 N.J.R. 194 (a).
In this example, 15 N.J.R. refers to Volume 15 of the New Jersey Register, where this regulation was originally printed. 194(a) refers to page 194, part a.
The effective date issued with the regulation specifies the date when the regulation became effective. In this example, the regulation became effective on June 6, 1983.
Executive Order 66 of 1978 requires that every regulation issued after 1978 must have an expiration date, and that date will also be noted in the New Jersey Administrative Code. It is cited in the following manner:
Example: Executive Order 66 (1978) Expiration Date
Pursuant to the requirements and criteria of Executive Order No. 66 (1978), this subchapter expires on May 1, 1988.
In this example, this regulation expires on May 1, 1988.
There are three ways to access information in Library Laws: Table of Contents, Index, and Citation Location Tables.
The Table of Contents provides a general overview of the information contained in each section. For specific information, the Index is the direct point of access. If the citation of the law or code (for example, N.J.A.C. 6:27-1.8) is known, the Citation Location Table will indicate the page on which it appears.
Table of Contents
The Table of Contents is organized into sections by the major topics of the laws. The laws included in each section are listed by headings assigned by the West Publishing Company. The arrangement is not chronological or alphabetical. The section headings in the Table of Contents correspond to the dividers which organized the printed volume.
The Index files are accessed from the Table of Contents page and provide access by subject, access by type of library or library-related agency, and access by specific term. Complex entries are further subdivided for the convenience of the reader. “SEE” references direct the reader to the correct subject heading used in the index. “SEE ALSO” references direct the reader to additional subject headings where related entries may be located.
Citation Location Tables
There are two Citation Location Tables: one for the New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) and one for the New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.). These tables list in numerical order the legal citations (identification numbers) to the Statutes or the Administrative Code. If the reader knows the citation to the New Jersey Administrative Code or the New Jersey Statutes Annotated, the appropriate table will indicate the page of the text where the material will be located.
Last Updated: March 15, 2000.