Library Services for Alumni

Alumni of Samuel Merritt University, Samuel Merritt College, and California College of Podiatric Medicine are welcome to visit the SMU Libraries to study, research, and check out library materials. Please note: Alumni have onsite-only access to most electronic resources (databases, electronic journals, and ebooks).

Library Access

  • Alumni must present an alumni card to borrow library materials or to enter the Oakland campus library during evening and weekend hours
  • Student IDs are valid for 6 months after graduation. After 6 months, please contact Badging Services to obtain your alumni card.
  • For access to the Sacramento and San Mateo Campus Libraries, contact the associated Campus Librarians

Books, Videos, DVDs

Alumni can check out circulating books, videos, DVDs. Search the catalog to find these items. Videos and DVDs can be viewed in the media carrels. Overdue items are subject to fines, and lost or damaged items are subject to replacement fees.

Exam Review Resources

The libraries have collections of exam review materials to help students and alumni prepare for NCLEX, USMLE (including Podiatric Medicine), CRNA, Case Manager, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant licensure exams. Ask any library staff for assistance in locating these materials. To suggest new purchases, contact a librarian.

eBooks

eBooks that the library licenses can be accessed on any library computer or through SMU’s Guest WiFi network. Onsite access only. 

Journals

Use the Journal/eBook Finder to search for print or electronic journals by title.

  • Print Journals are shelved alphabetically by title and don’t leave the library. Older print journals are stored in the SMU Warehouse; to request a warehoused journal, submit the Request Library Materials form.
  • Electronic journals to which the library subscribes can be accessed on any library computer or through SMU’s Guest WiFi network. Some “open access” journals are freely accessibly both on and off campus. Consult the Finding Articles page for help with your search.

Databases

Databases to which the library subscribes can be accessed onsite through any library computer or through SMU’s Guest WiFi network. Some “open access” databases are freely accessibly both on and off campus. Consult the Finding Articles page for help with your search.

Uptodate is only accessible to current students, staff, and faculty. Onsite access is not available.

Research Guides

Research guides created by librarians provide lists of key library and internet resources (books, journals, and databases).

Computers

The Oakland campus library has computers available for use by alumni. These computers provide access to the internet; our online databases, journals, and full-text articles; and software programs including Microsoft Office. Consult library staff for log in information. 

Photocopying and Printing

Photocopies and computer printouts cost 10 cents per page. Please consult library staff for information on copying and printing.

Returning Materials

When the Oakland campus library is closed, you may return borrowed materials by dropping them into one of the white return boxes located outside the entrance to the Health Education Center and the driveway entrance to Peralta Pavilion.

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