Just for Students
Library policies and procedures are the same for all SXU undergraduate and graduate students.
Do I need permission to use the Library? You are free to use the Library.
Can I use the computers? Over 50 iMacs, five macBook Pros, and two iPads are available for you. You are welcome to use your own computer in the Library, which has wireless access throughout..
Can I reserve a group-study room? Yes, 10 rooms are available. At this time, the Library does not have special study rooms just for graduate students.
Does the Library have textbooks? Yes. See more on our Course Book Collection.
How many books and DVDs can I borrow? All students have the same generous borrowing privileges. You can borrow an unlimited number of books for eight weeks (plus an eight-week renewal). You can borrow up to four DVDs for one week, with no renewals. The Library does not offer home delivery..
Is there any charge for interlibrary loan? No.
How do I check out books and videos? Bring the DVDs and books to the main desk by the front door and the staff will check them out for you. You must use your Cougar Card to check out materials.
Can I eat in the Library? Yes, but please be sure to throw your trash away and leave the area clean for the next person.
What about off-campus access? When logged in with your netID and password, you can get full-text articles through WorldCat Local or the databases. If the Library does not have the full-text article, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan, and the article will be delivered to you electronically. Delivery locations for books and videos are found within the Voyager system, and can be designated when you create your VuFind account ... or modified at the point of request. Books and videos will not be delivered to locations beyond the existing delivery locations. When electronic books and streaming videos are not available, off-site and Gilbert users should obtain their books and other materials through local public libraries.
FAQs and Help
- About the Library
- Borrowing from Other Libraries
- Borrowing from SXU
- Copyright for SXU Faculty and Students
- Course Reserves Collection
- EasyBib Citation Service
- Evaluating Websites
- Help with an Assignment
- Library Staff
- Mobile Devices
- My Accounts
- Quiet Areas and Phones
- Scholarly Research Process Outline
- Style Guides
- Zotero Citing Tool
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Plan and Prepare
With the Library's Testing and Education Reference Center, you can prepare for CLEP tests, search for scholarships, find the graduate school that is right for you, and take practice exams including the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, and TOEFL. You can create a personal account and then take the tests as often as you like. All at no charge!
The following tutorials discuss a few possible library tools and techniques:
- Main page and Subject Pages -- key resources
- Better than Google (other search tools)
- Finding Facts and Background Information
- Book searching: local and I-Share consortia
- Book Renewals (My Account)
- I-Share Borrowing: Request Item using My Account
- Searching for Books Beyond our Collection
- Electronic book options
- Searching for journal articles -- where to start
- Journal article searching -- search and navigation options
- Fulltext links and Borrow from Other Libraries (Interlibrary Loan)
- Critical Thinking: The CRAAP Test
- Zotero: capturing material
- Zotero: capturing web page text and special pages
- Zotero: organizing materials with folders, tags, and related
- Zotero: add references and create a bibliography in Word
The Big Picture
- The Scholarly Research Process Overview (ways to explore a topic)