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Library Services to Alumni

Lifetime services to alumni of Samuel Merritt University, Samuel Merritt College, and California College of Podiatric Medicine are provided by the John A. Graziano Memorial Library in Oakland and the learning center libraries located in Sacramento and on the San Francisco Peninsula. Alumni are welcome to visit the Library in person to gain expanded access to print and online resources on campus. Because of licensing agreements, databases such as CINAHL, as well as our electronic journals, are not available remotely to alumni.

You must present your alumni card to borrow library materials or to enter the Oakland campus library during evening and weekend hours. Contact SMU's Alumni Affairs office to obtain an alumni card.

Library Access

  • The Oakland campus hours and access are here.
  • To use a learning center library, contact that learning center's librarian.
Books, Videos, DVDs, and CD-ROMs

Alumni can check out circulating books, videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs. Search the catalog to find these items. Videos and DVDs can be viewed in the media carrels. Overdue items are subject to fines, and lost or damaged items are subject to replacement fees.

Exam Review Resources

The libraries have collections of exam review materials to help students and alumni prepare for NCLEX, USMLE (including Podiatric Medicine), CRNA, Case Manager, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant licensure exams. Ask any library staff for assistance in locating these materials. To suggest new purchases, contact a librarian.

eBooks

eBooks that the library licenses can be accessed on any library computer or through SMU’s Guest WiFi network.

Journals

Use the Journal/eBook Finder to search for print or electronic journals by title.

  • Print Journals are shelved alphabetically by title and don’t leave the library. Older print journals are stored in the SMU Warehouse; to request a warehoused journal, submit the Request Library Materials form.
  • Electronic journals to which the library subscribes can be accessed on any library computer or through SMU’s Guest WiFi network. Some “open access” journals are freely accessibly both on and off campus. Consult the Finding Articles page for help with your search.
Databases

Databases to which the library subscribes (for example, CINAHL and Lexicomp) can be accessed on any library computer or through SMU’s Guest WiFi network. Some “open access” databases are freely accessibly both on and off campus. Consult the Finding Articles page for help with your search.

Research Guides

Research guides created by librarians provide lists of key library and internet resources (books, journals, and databases).

Computers

The Oakland campus library has computers available for use by alumni. These computers provide access to the internet; our online databases, journals, and full-text articles; and software programs including Microsoft Office.

Photocopying and Printing

Photocopies and computer printouts cost 10 cents per page. Please consult library staff for information on copying and printing.

Drop Box

When the Oakland campus library is closed, you may return borrowed materials by dropping them into one of the white return boxes located outside the entrance to the Health Education Center and the driveway entrance to Peralta Pavilion.