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1. Can I access databases or e-books from off campus?

Yes. Practically all databases are available to SPC students, faculty, and staff from outside of the campus network.  E-books can also be accessed this way.

To log-in to subscribed resources from off-campus enter your network log-in (username and password) when prompted.

You can also log-in with the complete barcode # from the back of your OneCard.

If you need help, ask a librarian.

2. 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:

3. 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.

4. How can I embed a Library Subject Guide into my Blackboard Course Shell?

Instructions for faculty to embed a Subject Guide into their Blackboard site:

1. Go to control panel

2. Select Manage Course Menu

3. Select add External link

4. Copy Subject Guide url and title - SPU Library Portal, into appropriate boxes

5. Don’t check any other box

6. Submit

7. SPU Library Portal will appear last. Change the assigned number to 1 in order for it to be listed first on the upper-left hand corner

5. How do I find an article's permalinks?

Most research databases include a permalink in the article record.  The terms used and the location of these links in the record vary from one database to another.  Please check the library Permalinks Guide on locating the permalinks for the various library electronic resources.

6. How do I know if a permalink will work from off-campus?

When on campus, access is transparent -- you are being authenticated even if you don't realize it because we recognize the IP address.  When off campus, authentication via a proxy server, allows us to recognize and authenticate SPU Library users.  In order for the library's electronic resources paid subscriptions (ebooks, journals) to work from outside our campus network or off campus, they must contain the library's proxy in the URL or web address. 
the library's proxy link looks like this - 
It is usually in front of a URL. 
Here's an example:

7. How do I put materials on reserve for my course?

Please complete a Reserves List Form for each individual course.

Copies of the form are also available at the Circulation Desk.

For questions regarding course reserves please contact Satin Lewis or Tasheeda Chavis.

8. How do I tell if the library has a particular journal, magazine, or newspaper?

Go to the SPU Journal Locater.  In the grey search box type in the title (or the first few words of the title) of the periodical you are looking for.  The Journal Locater displays both our electronic and print holdings. 

Electronic holdings will appear as a database link with the comprehensive dates listed.  Click on the link to be taken directly into the periodical.  (From here you can browse by issue or search within that publication.) 

Print holdings will appear as a link to the library catalog.  From there you can view the comprehensive dates and obtain the Call #.  Periodicals are located on the 1st Floor of the O'Toole Library.

9. I'd like to use the on-site facilities or borrow books directly from another college/university. Is this possible?


Saint Peter's University is involved in several reciprocal borrowing programs, each applying to different institutions and open to different patron groups.

METRO Referral Card Program
All SPC students, faculty, and staff may use the onsite resources of METRO (New York City area) Library Consortium members by obtaining a Blue or Yellow Referral Card at the Library Reference Desk.  Certain member institutions, like NYU's Bobst Library, only accept the Yellow Referral Cards.

VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Program
All SPU graduate students, docotoral students, and faculty

Jesuit Library Passport
All SPU faculty

10. SPU doesn't have what I need! Is it possible to obtain an article or borrow a book from another library?

Yes!  We are glad to obtain books and periodical articles from other libraries for all Saint Peter's students, faculty and staff through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) program.

Before submitting your request, please check to see that we do not already own or subscribe to the book or periodical you are requesting.  For book requests, check the SPU Catalog.  For journal/periodical article requests, check the E-Journals Portal.

We do not borrow textbooks.

Most requests can be filled within a period of 10-21 days.  (Sometimes article requests can be filled even faster and transmitted to the borrower via e-mail.)  The loan period for books is stipulated by the lending library.  

Although we make every effort to obtain materials at no cost, please note that some libraries charge fees for interlibrary loans. In such cases we pass those fees on to you, the requestor.   We require payment of the fee before the loan will be processed.

Patrons assume responsibility for all borrowed books and materials.

For any questions or concerns regarding the Interlibrary Loan policies or pending requests please contact the library.

To request a book or article, you may request an ILL form at the Library Reference Desk or use the

11. Why can't I just copy the URL in my browser's address bar?

Web addresses (URLs) that appear in the address bar of your web browser when you search the library's subscription databases usually contain dynamically generated session-based or search-based information that will not work when copied and used at a later time.

12. Why would I use a permalink rather than just upload the article into Blackboard?

You may be in violation of copyright law or license restrictions if you post content without appropriate authorization or permission.  Using permalinks is the preferred option.  Permalinks are also used to help track statistics.  Usage statistics help the library to purchase the right resources for you. 
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