Borrow, Renew, and Return

A current SMU, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, or SMU alumni identification badge must be presented to borrow library materials. Student privileges expire at the same time as their current registration and terminate upon graduation. Staff privileges terminate upon separation of employment.

Interlibrary Loan services

Check Out

Most reserve items have a two-hour loan period; most non-reserve items have a two-week loan period.

In order to assure maximum availability to all patrons, journals and reference books may be used only in the library and cannot be checked out.

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On the Oakland campus, there are three options:

  • Return slot at the library’s circulation desk

  • Dropbox outside the Health Education Center

  • Dropbox outside the Peralta Pavilion

Items placed in the drop boxes will be backdated to the previous day. To avoid overdue fines, course reserve items should be returned within the library.

For returning materials at the Sacramento and San Francisco Peninsula Campuses, please return items within the libraries. For more information see the Sacramento and SF Peninsula Libguides.  


  • Patrons can log into their library account to renew any one-week or two-week book or call the Circulation Desk at 510.879.9290

  • One-week and two-week items can be renewed once

  • And item cannot be renewed if it’s be placed on hold by another patron

  • Course reserve items cannot be placed on hold


  • Patrons can log into their library account to place a hold on any one-week or two-week book in the Oakland, Sacramento, or San Francisco Peninsula libraries

  • Course reserve items cannot be placed on hold

  • If the item is available at your library, library staff will retrieve the item. The patron will receive an email notice when the item is ready to pick up. If the item is checked out, you’ll receive a notice when the item is returned

  • If the item is at another campus library, library staff will send it to your campus library. The patron will receive an email notice when the item is available to pick up at the circulation desk or holds area

Request a Purchase of a Book, DVD, or Journal

The library welcomes requests for books, DVDs, and journals or any other item that may be an asset to our collection.

Interlibrary Loan

SMU students, staff, faculty, and ABSMC employees are eligible to request item’s not currently in the library’s collection through our Interlibrary Loan service.

 Overdue Fines

Patrons are responsible for returning library materials on time. As a courtesy, the library sends email reminders to SMU borrowers with overdue books. The library is not responsible for non-receipt of overdue reminders, and fines will not be waived due to non-receipt of overdue notices.

  • Two-week loan items: $0.10 per day

  • Seven-day loan items: $1.00 per day

  • Three-day loan items: $1.00 per day

  • Two-day loan items: $1.00 per day

 Course Reserves

  • One-day loan items: $1.00 per day

  • Two-hour loan items: $5.00 per day

Circulation privileges will be blocked with fines of over $20. The Samuel Merritt University Registrar will block registration and withhold student records if there are unpaid fines.