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Specific Facilities

There are many facilities on campus that will be resources for you and locations of events starting as early as the week before classes in September. The following ones are the most important and the most commonly used.


The "University Library" refers to all the holdings catalogued by the library in one of three buildings on campus. The central building is the Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library, with the attached Automated Retrieval System (ARS) facility immediately to the east. A secondary facility is Heafey Law Library, just northeast of Kenna. Some books related to feminist and gender studies are also housed in the Women’s and Gender Studies Resource Room, located near Kenna in St. Joseph Hall 122. All of these books are catalogued in the library’s online catalogue.

The library website is intuitive and easy to use. Use it to set up your library and interlibrary loan accounts, reserve library rooms, and browse the book, periodical, and database selections. Here's a quick guide:

As for getting your sources, there are several paths:



The SCU online library catalogue is called “OSCAR.” The main OSCAR website allows you to search the University Library holdings by title, author, subject, call number, and other options. It also provides access to soft and hard copy reserves for courses (left column) as well as to the catalogues of other nearby libraries for which you have borrowing privileges. These include:

  • LINK+ - a searchable catalogue of the library holdings of 40+ libraries in California and Nevada from who we can secure books in 2-3 days for 2-4 week check-outs.
  • Interlibrary Loan – a.k.a. Bronco Express, this service can secure pdf or hard-copy journal articles or book chapters and books that none of our LINK+ partners have.
  • GRACE – holdings at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. If you find a resource here, LINK+ it and indicate in the “Cited in” field that it’s available from the GTU Library.
  • Socrates – Stanford University Library holdings.
  • – San José State University Library and San José Public Library system.
  • - Over 1.5 billion titles in more than 10,000 libraries, world-wide.

Location of resources

When you search a book or journal title in OSCAR, the resulting record will indicate where the resource is located in the left column (circled below), what the call number of the resource is in the center column, and whether the item is available in the right column. Should the item not appear in our database, you can use the “Search LINK+” button in the far right margin to see whether the LINK+ system of nearby library has it, and request it from them. Should both options fail, you can order the title through interlibrary loan.

In this case, our colleague David Pinault’s book Horse of Karbala is available in three locations in our library: in the Main Stacks on the Lower Level (you can get it yourself), in the Automated Retrieval Facility (click on the "Request from ARS" button, indicate by your name that you’re faculty, and it will be held for you at the Circulation Desk for several days), and in the University Library Archives with all other faculty publications. To find a location, use the floor plan.


If our library doesn’t have a book, you can check LINK+ to see if one or more of the 40+ nearby libraries has it. If so, just follow the on-screen prompts to request it. You’ll be notified by email when it has arrived, and you’ll have two to four weeks to use it. You can usually renew a LINK+ book one time (this can be done online through "My Library Account." To use LINK+, you’ll need to input your name and the long number on the back of your Access Card—the one that starts 25098. You’ll also need to indicate the institution with which you’re affiliated; be sure to select “Santa Clara University” rather than “Santa Clara City Public.”


If you need a journal article we don’t carry, a book or chapter in a book that’s not in the LINK+ system, a dissertation, or certain other records, you can order these through interlibrary loan (a.k.a. Bronco Express). Just click on the link on the Library home page (or this link right here) to learn about the system. The first time you use ILL, you'll need to create a new Interlibrary Loan account. For every subsequent search, simply log in and input the bibliographic information. You’ll be notified by email when the resource arrives. If it’s a chapter or journal essay of modest length, it will be uploaded to your ILL account page.

Patron-Driven Acquisition

In Fall 2014, the library began to implement a new model for purchasing books for the library. Ebooks relevant to our academic programs will be automatically loaded into the library’s catalog and made discoverable to the SCU community. If an ebook is only used once, the library will pay a small rental fee for it, but we will automatically buy the ebook once it is used a second time, permanently adding that ebook to the library’s collection. This program is called patron driven acquisition as we are purchasing ebooks based on the actual usage of our patrons/community.


The Campus Bookstore, run by Barnes & Noble, has popular paperbacks, office supplies, and SCU paraphernalia on the first floor and course textbooks on the lower level. You can order your course textbooks and coursepaks online once you’ve been given a GroupWise email account. The first step to ordering books online is to create an account (in the upper right of the window). When you’re ready to order textbooks, return to the site, click “Faculty” in the black navigation bar near the top of the page, log in as a returning customer, and then follow the prompts. Step 3 allows you to see and select books used in previous terms so that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you order books. Note: Books now have to be ordered before students register, so that students can anticipate the true cost of a class. Federal law requires that we comply with the bookstore's book and coursepak order deadlines.

Benson Memorial Center

The student center is due south of Kenna. Built in 1963, it houses some administrative offices on the second floor (such as the Office of Student Life and Disabilities Resources), first floor (Campus Ministry, an information desk, the Access Card office, dining venues and meeting rooms on the first floor, and student club offices, a post office and market, and meeting space on the lower level.

Adobe Lodge


Centers of Excellence


Fine & Performing Arts Venues


Fitness & Athletics


Spaces for Prayer & Meditation


Multicultural Center


Locatelli Student Center


Maintaining the Facilities