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1. Do you have photocopiers? Is there a cost for photocopying at the O'Toole Library?

Yes.  There are two photocopiers located near the Reference Desk on the First Floor of the O'Toole Library.

Photocopies are 10 cents per copy and can be produced in (8.5" x 11") or legal (11" x 14") sizes.  If you need assistance with the photocopiers, please ask at the Circulation Desk.

2. Does the library have a fax machine I can use?


3. Does the library have a scanner I can use?

Unfortunately, no. 

However, the CALL CENTER in Pope Hall has a computer lab equipped with a high-capacity document scanner.

4. Does the library have the textbook I need for my class?

The library does not aquire textbooks as part of our general collection, nor will we borrow textbooks from other institutions via InterLibrary Loan (ILL).

It is possible that your professor put the textbook for your class "on reserve" behind the circulation desk.  Course Reserves are set up to allow students to share crucial texts.  You may use the book inside the library and make photocopies to take with you, but the book may not be removed from the premises.  Students must submit their OneCard at Circulation to borrow a reserve item.

To determine if the book you need is on reserve, you can search reserves in the library catalog, ask your professor, or ask library staff at the Circulation Desk.

5. How can I access the University Archives?

Access to the University Archives and Guarini Center for Community Memory is provided by appointment only. Please contact Archivist, Mary Kinahan-Ockay to arrange an appointment.

Phone Number: (201) 761-6462
E-Mail Address:

6. How can I connect to the O'Toole Library's Wireless Internet (WiFi) with my laptop or mobile device?

Select SPU-STUDENTS, or SPU-EMPLOYEES, from the available wireless signals on your laptop or mobile device. When prompted, log in with your SPU username and password.

7. How can I reserve one of the group study rooms at the O'Toole Library?

Group study rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are to be booked at the Circulation Desk.

There are two group study rooms.  Room A (first floor) requires a minimum of 4 students.  Room B (2nd floor) requires a minimum of 6 students.   (Exceptions may be made by staff during slow periods.)

Group study rooms are for use for a two-hour maximum period.

The student requesting the room for their group must leave their SPU OneCard at the Circulation Desk.   

8. I attend classes on the Jersey City Campus. Can I borrow books from the Englewood Cliffs campus Library?

Yes!  Jersey City students may visit, use services, and borrow materials from the Englewood Cliffs Campus Library. 

A weekly courier brings materials between campuses.  If wish to borrow a particular title/titles from ECC, simply ask a librarian, and we will arrange for the materials to be sent down to be checked out by you at the O'Toole Library.

ECC materials may also be returned at the O'Toole Library and vice-versa.

9. I'm a graduate of the University. May I use the library?

Yes!  Alumni are welcome at Saint Peter's University Libraries. 

Alumni must first obtain a valid OneCard in order to access borrowing privledges at SPU Libraries. Books circulate for a period of 30 days. CDs, DVDs, and video cassettes circulate for one week. Alumni may have a maximum of 10 items checked out at one time.

There is a computer in the main lobby area of the O'Toole Library set-up for alumni use.  Since IT does not administer network log-ins to alumni, graduates are not permitted to use the VDI (lab) computers or printing services.

10. Is there a computer I can use in the Library?

The O'Toole Library has approximately 35 desktop computers for student use in the Library Lab through the glass doors on the First Floor.

Feel free to log on to any available machine using your network log-in.  Also, please respect your neighbors and keep conversations to a minimum.

11. May I work at the library? Are you hiring?

The O'Toole Library hires work-study students to assist behind the circulation desk, in addition to shelving books and helping with various library projects.  If you are an organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual, you may consider applying to be a student library assistant.

Contact Satin Lewis or Tasheeda Chavis or stop by the library to see if there are positions available. 

Before applying, students will need to submit a Student Employee Referral Form which has been filled out by a College Work Study Technician at the Office of Financial Aid.

12. What are the policies concerning the Group Study Rooms?

Groups must maintain a low volume of noise in the room as not to disturb others; this holds for group collaboration and/or viewing or listening to any media.

If an assigned room is discovered unoccupied after it has been assigned, all belongings will be removed and placed in the library's lost and found. The room will be made available to other patrons.

If your two hour time period has ended, you can continue to occupy the room until it is requested by another group.

Exchanging ID's does not entitle you to extra time in the room. If more time is needed, you must come to the desk and ask.

Your group is responsible for any unreported damages found after you leave the study room. Please advise us of any condition in the room which requires attention at the time of your occupancy. And unresolved disputes will be forwarded to the Dean of Students Office for resolution.

We ask that you follow Saint Peter's University Libraries Food and Drink Policy. Use common sense, and stick to covered drinks and dry snack foods!

We also ask that you take any trash with you.

The library staff reserves the right to remove individual or whole study groups for noise or other violation of College, Library and/or room use policies.

To respect our users' privacy, the library will not tell users what group study room their friends, roommates, classmates, and so forth are using.

13. Where are the bathrooms?

Restrooms in the O'Toole Library are located on the Ground Floor (basement) and Second Floor.
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