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Library Services to the Public

Library Access

The Oakland campus library is open to the public Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Members of the community, medical center patients and families, students from Bay Area institutions, healthcare professionals, visitors, and others are welcome to use the facilities during these hours. No ID is required for entry.

Books, Videos, DVDs, and CD-ROMs

These items may be used in the library. Search the catalog to find these items. Videos and DVDs can be viewed in the media carrels. Checkout privileges are offered only to patrons affiliated with Samuel Merritt University, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, or a member library of San Francisco Biomedical Library Network or Northern California Consortium of Psychology Libraries.

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 with a guest login 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 with a guest login 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 the public. These computers provide access to the internet; our online databases, journals, and full-text articles; and software programs including Microsoft Office. Ask staff at the circulation desk to log you in as a guest.

Photocopying and Printing

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

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  • We're sorry, but study/seminar rooms are for the use of SMU faculty, staff, and students only.
  • For more information about using the library, please contact Huyen Ho.