Borrow, Renew, and Return

Current SMU students, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center employees, and SMU alumni with an identification badge are welcome to use SMU library services at any of the three campuses. SMU libraries access to thousands of titles in our libraries and via subscription services and interlibrary loans. We also offer access to a library of DVDs and streaming videos.

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.

Search Library Catalog

Returns

Oakland:

  • 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.

Sacramento and San Francisco Peninsula:

To return materials to the Sacramento and San Francisco Peninsula campuses, please return items to library circulation desks. For more information, see the Sacramento Libguides and SF Peninsula Libguides.  

Renewals

  • Patrons can log in to 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

  • Items cannot be renewed if they are placed on hold by another patron

  • Course reserve items cannot be placed on hold

Holds

  • 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 for 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

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.

Interlibrary Request

Request to Purchase 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.

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 per day

  • Three-day loan items: $1 per day

  • Two-day loan items: $1 per day

 Course Reserves

  • One-day loan items: $1 per day

  • Two-hour loan items: $5 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.

Note: Student privileges are concurrent with registration and terminate at graduation. Staff privileges terminate upon separation of employment.