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Information for Students: Information for Students

Access Online Resources

The current Saint Peter's University students 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: a Google-like search box that allows you to search everything in our library collections via one search.
  • Journal Finder: a place to find a particular journal, magazine or newspaper.
  • 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 help, please contact our librarians (201-761-6460; We'd be happy to help!

Borrow from University Library

Our Saint Peter’s University students may

  • borrow books (20 books maximum) for 30 days;
  • borrow CDs, DVDs, and video cassettes (3 DVDs maximum) for one week.
  • renew loans twice, if no outstanding holds or recalls on the material.
  • keep track of your borrowings via My Library Account.

Please notice that:

  • if two or more holds are placed on an item, the maximum loan period will be shortened to seven days.
  • reference works or periodicals are not available for circulation.
  • all materials must be returned by the end of the semester.

More information is available at our Circulation Services page.

InterLibrary Loan

Can't find the needed resources in our library? We'll locate them from other libraries.

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.

Borrow from Other Libraries

Saint Peter's University students can visit and borrow from other libraries via two reciprocal borrowing programs.

  • METRO Referral Card Program (for all students)
  • VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Program (only for graduate & doctor students)

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.

Course Reserves

Your professors may leave books, articles, and other course-related materials at the Course Reserves for their students.

Location: behind the Circulation Desk of O'Toole Library. 

Check Inventory: click here to check the Course Reserves online, or call the Circulation Desk (201) 761-6461.

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  • In-library-use only.
  • Can make copies of the material.
  • Can not check out.
  • Can not leave the library.

Citation Help

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Organize and share your research
  • Import references directly from many data sources (databases, online catalogs, websites)
  • Instantly generate your bibliography in a variety of citation styles, (including APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian)
  • Include citations (parenthetical references or footnotes) while you write your paper

It's free for all Saint Peter's students, faculty and staff.

More information is available at our Citation Help page.

Research Guides

Our librarians have compiled a series of subject guides, topic guides and course guides to share the valid resources in specific fields of study.


To start your research, select a research guide from the list and explore the resources recommended by librarians.

Research Consultation

Our librarians look forward to working with our students to support their learning at Saint Peter's University. 

Let us know your information needs. We can help you find information, make searching strategies, cite resources, etc.

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

Research Consultation Appointment Form

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 SPU-STUDENTS 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


  • Print from a library computer: select "Card-CALL Loyola Lib D333 Kiosk" as the printer.
  • Print from your own laptop/tablet/phone: use My Print Center. Select "Library_Lab_2_Printer" or "Lib_LIR_Printer" as the printer. 
  • Cost: 10 cents per page. Free $50 credit. For more information, check Printing by ITS.


  • Photocopiers: two on the 1st Floor of the O'Toole Library.
  • Cost: 10 cents per copy.
  • Paper Sizes: Letter (8.5" x 11") or legal (11" x 14") . 
  • Need help? Ask Circulation Desk.


  • Scanner: one on the 1st Floor of the O'Toole Library.
  • Cost: free to scan to your own USB drive.
  • Need help? Ask Circulation Desk.

Study Spaces

Personal Study

  • Carrels are available on every floor of the O'Toole Library.
  • Be courteous to other patrons around you. Keep your voice down.
  • Please don't leave your personal belongings unattended.

Quiet Study

  • On the 1st floor of the O'Toole Library.
  • Keep silence. Inspiration requires concentration.
  • Food and drink free zone.

Group Study

  • Group Study Rooms: three rooms on the 1st and 2nd floor of the O'Toole Library. Reservation is required.
  • Group Study Areas: open spaces with white boards and supplies for group projects. First come, first served. No reservation is needed.

Workstudy Application

The O'Toole Library hires work-study students to

  • assist behind the circulation desk;
  • shelve books;
  • help with various library projects. 

If you are an organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual, you may consider applying to be a student library assistant.

Contact Tasheeda Capers or stop by the library to see if there are positions available.

  • To work for the library during the academic year, please click here to download the application form.
  • To work for the library in summer break, please click here to download the application form.