About the Library


The Library collaborates with campus partners to enhance and promote teaching, learning, and research at Samuel Merritt University. We empower the campus community with quality information resources and instructional services. We provide outstanding service and leadership in support of the University's mission, vision, and values.

About the Graziano Library

Located in the Health Education Center on the Oakland campus of Samuel Merritt University, the John A. Graziano Memorial Library provides access to the largest collection of nursing and podiatric journals and monographs in the East Bay and is one of the best collections of these specialty areas in California.

Curricula in the Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant programs are also strongly supported, including a core medical collection. The library holds additional materials in such areas as biology, psychology and the social sciences, health administration and finance, biomedical ethics, law, policy, research, other allied health disciplines, and alternative health care. The audiovisual collection emphasizes nursing and podiatry. Participation in library consortia extends the available resources.

About the Sacramento and San Francisco Campus Libraries

SMU’s Sacramento and San Francisco Peninsula campuses each house a small library with a focused collection of books and periodicals. Each library also provides access to SMU’s online journals and databases, free delivery of materials from the Oakland campus library, and inter-library loan. In addition, reference help, in-class training, and individual instruction on library resources is available. For more information, contact the librarian at your campus.

Library History

Through the generous gift of Mrs. Louise F. Graziano, the John A. Graziano Memorial Library was built as part of the new Health Education Center in 1985. A patron of cultural and health care institutions, Mrs. Graziano donated the money in memory of her husband, John Angelo Graziano (July 4, 1898 – December 18, 1966). Born in Piedmont, Italy, he came to America as a boy, and through hard work obtained an advanced education. In 1933 he opened the founding office of the Franklin Optical Company in Oakland. For thirty-three years thereafter, his company helped provide better vision for the people of northern California.

Consortium Memberships

The library is a member of the following associations, networks, and consortia:

Some of these memberships provide reciprocal borrowing and lending privileges.


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