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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. 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.

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


4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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:

7. 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.

8. 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

9. 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.   

10. 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.

11. 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:

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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

20. 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.

21. Where are the bathrooms?

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

22. 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.

23. 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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