About the Library

The SMU library collaborates with campus partners to enhance and promote teaching, learning, and research. We empower the campus community with quality information resources and instructional services. We provide outstanding service and leadership in support of the University's mission, vision, and values.

The Samuel Merritt University library supports our communities with an extensive health science collection of information. Beyond connecting people to information, the library provides human-centered service to the SMU community.
The library includes both digital and physical spaces. We provide support at our four campuses (Oakland, Fresno, Sacramento, and San Francisco Peninsula), including but not limited to: 

  • Access to SMU’s online journals and databases
  • Free intercampus delivery of materials
  • Interlibrary loan

In addition, reference help, in-class training, and individual instruction on library resources is available. For more information, contact the librarian at your campus. Read more about SMU library frequently asked questions

Through the generous gift of Mrs. Louise F. Graziano, the John A. Graziano Memorial Library was built as part of the new Health Education Center in 1985. A patron of cultural and health care institutions, Mrs. Graziano donated the money in memory of her husband, John Angelo Graziano (July 4, 1898–Dec. 18, 1966). Born in Piedmont, Italy, he came to America as a boy and through hard work obtained an advanced education. In 1933, he opened the founding office of the Franklin Optical Company in Oakland. For 33 years, his company helped provide better vision for the people of Northern California.