Services for Students

The John A. Graziano Memorial Library in Oakland and the Sacramento and San Francisco Peninsula campus libraries offer many services to enrolled students. This page summarizes services the Oakland library offers Oakland students. Students at the Sacramento or San Francisco Peninsula campuses should contact Jen Scolari (Sacramento) or Geri Bodeker (San Francisco Peninsula).

Course-Related Reserve Material

Many faculty put books and other course specific materials on reserve in the Library. Required textbooks are also ordered and placed on reserve. Reserve materials are searchable in the Library’s online catalog by course number or faculty name. Have the title and call number available when requesting a course related materials at the circulation desk.

Instructional Services & Research Assistance

  • Online instruction: The Research Help section of the Library home page has online guides for searching databases, help with citation styles, course specific resources and other useful information.
  • Course Integrated Instruction: If your class has an assignment requiring research, writing or finding articles, ask your instructor if there will be in-class instruction on database searching. If not, you can contact your librarians for individual or small group training. These 30-90 minute sessions can go over the basics, beyond the basics, refresh your skills or focus on your group project topic.
  • Consultation/Research Assistance: Don’t hesitate to contact your librarians for assistance or instruction with searching the Library databases, finding information on your topic, or other information needs. Check at the circulation desk for immediate assistance or make an appointment.
  • Ask a Question: Don’t hesitate to contact your librarians for quick help with a reference question, help finding full-text journal articles or other information needs. Contacts: Sarah Naumann (Oakland & Online), Hai-Thom Sota (Oakland & Online), Jen Scolari (Sacramento), Geri Bodeker (San Francisco Peninsula).

Tutorials & Tips

Librarians and vendors have created tutorials and tips for databases, citations, peer review, plagiarism, internet searching, software, bibliographic tools, calculators and posters. These resources are in the Research Help section of the Library home page.


The Library has RefWorks software to help you manage your references and create bibliographies. You can create an account and get training from your librarians, or for more information, you can refer to the New Refworks research guide.

Exam Review Resources

To help students prepare for licensure exams, each campus library has exam review materials for NCLEX, USMLE (including Podiatric Medicine), CRNA, Case Manager, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant. A listing of these materials can be found here. Questions about locating these materials can be directed to any staff member.

Would you like an exam book we don't currently have? Request a Purchase Form

Electronic, Print and Warehoused Library Journals

Older journals are kept in a warehouse off-campus. Instructions and order form are here. Your article will be sent as an email attachment in 2-5 business days. Questions about searching this list can be directed to any staff member.

Requesting Books/Articles from Non-SMU Libraries

The Graziano Library can obtain journal articles and books that are not available in the Library. Follow the instructions here to submit interlibrary loan and document delivery requests directly from your computer. Be sure to use your SMU email address. Contact person: Gaby Sam or Juana Moreno (Oakland).

Library Photocopiers, Printers and Computers

There are two copy machines and a FAX machine in the library’s copy room. Payment is through the pay-for-print system.

The Graziano Library has 9 computer work stations. There are also laptops and Ipads available to check out for in-library use. Each laptop has a DVD-ROM drive, a USB port to which you can connect a flash drive, Microsoft Office, SecureExam, Inspiration and wireless access to the Internet.

The HEC computer lab is also equipped with computers for use by SMU students, faculty, and staff. The computer lab is open the same hours as the library. It is equipped with 28 pcs. Each computer has network access to a laser printer and access to the Microsoft Office suite.

Group Study Rooms/Seminar Rooms

The Oakland Library has 10 rooms available for group study sessions; four of them are equipped with video and DVD viewing equipment. White board markers are available to check out from the circulation desk. The library group study rooms and additional seminar rooms in the Health Education Center (220, 225, 225A and 225B) can be reserved through the SMU Campus Schedule page or by contacting the HEC staff

Please read additional information about the room reservation system prior to booking. 

Drop Boxes

You can return library materials in the drop boxes in front of the HEC building and at the driveway entrance to Peralta Pavilion.


The Library provides access to several collections of eBooks. A subject list of these and more free eBooks are located here.

New Items in the Library

A listing of new items acquired by each campus library is available here.

Requests for Book Purchases

The Library accepts recommendations for books that support University programs as well as the broader mission of the University.

Contact persons: Sarah Naumann (Oakland), Jen Scolari (Sacramento), Geri Bodeker (San Francisco Peninsula)


Groups may view DVDs/videos in four of the Oakland library's group study rooms.



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