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Information for Faculty: Information for Faculty

Access Electronic Resources

Our Saint Peter's faculty members have full access to our library's online resources, both on campus and off-campus. 

Saint Peter's credentials are required for off-campus access. More information is available at our Off-Campus Access page.

Here are some quick links for searching information:

  • One-Search: search for books, journals, ebooks, and other subscribed library content in one place.  Allows users to search for articles across databases and to expand searches beyond SPU collections to facilitate interlibrary loan requests.
  • Databases A-Z: a complete list of library subscribed databases, organized alphabetically.
  • Research Guides: a list of guides sharing the good resources for a particular subject/topic/course.

If you need any assistance, please contact our librarians (201-761-6460; We'd be happy to help!

Borrow from University Library

Our Saint Peter’s University faculty may

  • borrow books for a period of one semester;
  • renew books up to a maximum of two consecutive semesters;
  • borrow reference works or periodicals for overnight or weekend use only;
  • have a maximum of 50 items checked out at one time.

More information is available at our Circulation Services page.

InterLibrary Loan

Can't find the needed resources in our library? We'll obtain them from other libraries to support your research and instruction.

Generally, book/media requests take 10-21 weekdays to arrive, while journal articles arrive within 3 weekdays.

More information is available at our Interlibrary Loan page.

Reciprocal Borrowing Programs

Saint Peter's University faculty are eligible for onsite borrowing at other libraries via three reciprocal borrowing programs.

  • VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Program
  • Jesuit Library Passport

To apply for a reciprocal borrowing card, please file an application at our library reference desk.

More information is available at our Reciprocal Borrowing page.

Resource Recommendation

Our library is glad to acquire books or other resources that are important for your research and instruction.

To recommend a book or resource purchase, please submit the Library Resource Request Form.

We makes every effort to provide the needed information resources to our patrons. However, library acquisitions are contingent upon available funds. Thank you for your understanding.

More information is available at our Acquisition page.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. (UNESCO).

OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation. Our library has created an OER Research Guide that provides access to:

  • OER Databases /Search Engines
  • Open Textbooks
  • Recorded Lectures & Video Content
  • Creative Commons Licensing

More information is available at our OER Research Guide.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves service enables our faculty to make books, articles, and other course-related materials available to students for in-library-use only. 

Location: Circulation Desk, O'Toole Library.

How to request:  Complete a Reserve List Form for EACH individual course. 

More information is available at our Course Reserves page.

Library Instruction

Our library provides a library instruction program to support the instructional and curricular goals of the university, assist faculty in preparing students for research assignments, and foster the development of information literacy competencies.

To request a library instruction session, please complete the library instruction request form for each class.

Library Instruction Request Form

We ask that faculty plan to attend library instruction sessions with their students. Thank you!

More information is available at our Library Instruction page.

Research Guides

Our librarians have compiled a series of subject guides, topic guides and course guides that share the valid resources (databases, reference works, and websites) in specific fields of study.

If you’re interested in customizing a guide for your students, please contact our librarians. We are happy to work with you to create a guide that corresponds to your class's learning objectives and assignments. 

To request a Course Guide or get more information, please contact the Librarian Liaisons.

Any feedback on the current guides will be appreciated.

Research Consultation

Our librarians look forward to working with our faculty to support the research and teaching at Saint Peter's University. 

Let us know your information needs. We'll assist you in obtaining access to the resources.

To make a research consultation appointment, please complete the Research Consultation Appointment Form.

Research Consultation Appointment Form

EZproxy Link Generator

Ready to share a library-subscribed resource with your students?

Please use Library’s proxy URL in the link. It can help avoid student login issues.

All the EBSCO and ProQuest Databases already include the Permalinks with the library’s proxy link.

Here is an example:

When students click this link from off-campus, they will be prompted for authentication as Saint Peter's students.

If the link doesn't include the library's proxy link, please:

1. Find the Permalink.
Most research databases include a permalink in the article record. For example:

2. Add this proxy link before the Permalinks:
For the example above, the sharable link will be:

* You do not need to do this for freely available sites (such as Google) or links that already begin with ‘’.
This tool requires JavaScript enabled in your browser to work.

Computers / WiFi / Charging


  • Approximately 35 desktop computers for patrons use in the Library Lab, on the 1st Floor of the O'Toole Library.
  • Feel free to log on to any available machine using your network log-in.  Select SPC, instead of STUDENTS, as the domain.


  • Select SPU-EMPLOYEES from the available wireless signals on your laptop or mobile device.
  • When prompted, log in with your Saint Peter's username and password.


  • Charging stations for cell phones are available on each floor of the O'Toole Library.
  • Some study carrels are equipped with power outlets that allow for laptop charging. 

Print / Copy / Scan

Each of the 3 multi-function printers on the library's first floor enables student, faculty, and staff printing, photocopying, and scanning services.  There is one machine devoted to color printing/ copies. There is also a basic printer on the 2nd floor, near the front stairwell.


  • Print from a library computer: add the Google Chrome Pharos Print Plug-in to your Chrome profile.  Select "pharos chrome print" when printing from Chrome.
  • Print from your own laptop/tablet/phone: use My Print Center. Upload any documents 
  • Cost: 10 cents per page for black and white copies. 25 cents per page for color.  Students receive a $50 print credit each academic year. For more information, check Printing by ITS.


  • Cost: 10 cents per copy for black and white.  25 cents for color.
  • Paper Sizes: Letter (8.5" x 11") or legal (11" x 14") . 
  • Need help? Ask Circulation Desk.


  • Swipe your OneCard, select Home, then "Scan to Email"
  • Cost: free to scan
  • Need help? Ask Circulation Desk.

Group Study Room Reservation

O'Toole Library has four Group Study Rooms for collaborative work in the library. 

  • Rooms 106, 107, and 108 in the Research Commons: seating for 6-15 people, fully hybrid
  • 2nd floor collaboration room, seating for 2-6 people, digital display but no teleconferencing ability

Group study rooms are

  • available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • for groups of two or more Saint Peter's students, faculty, or staff.  
  • for a two-hour maximum period. 

Study Rooms can be reserved online or on a first-come, first-served basis at the O'Toole Circulation Desk.