Services for Students



Services for spring semester 2021


The majority of the Library’s resources, peer reviewed journals, books, data and reports, are available online. The Library also offers online chat, email, consultations and instruction via Zoom to provide research assistance and general inquiries. 

Library Ask Us / Contact

Library staff are available during operating hours to answer questions via chat, email, and phone.  


Building Access and Study Spaces

All three floors of the Post Learning Commons are open to SJU ID holders. 

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times.  
  • Access to enter the atrium will be swipe only.
  • No visitors at this time.
  • PLC Study rooms: one-person use.


Post Learning Commons offers study tables, lab computers, and carrels with clearly defined seating arrangements to enable physical distancing. PLC Study rooms are now single-occupancy, bookable rooms. 


Stairwells and Elevators

  • Elevators: only one person at a time. 
  • Stairwells: In the PLC, the stairwell near bathrooms is for walking up, the stairwell near the study rooms is for walking down. 

The Library side of the building is closed to students and faculty. The building is only accessible to library staff and other SJU staff with offices in the building. 


Computer labs 

Computers are available on the first and second floors of the Post Learning Commons, but fewer than usual are available due to physical distancing. 



Printing is limited to the library atrium and the 2nd floor PLC.  Print jobs can be sent through MobilePrint and picked up at the printer in the atrium (PLC BW-02). 


Borrowing Library Materials

The book and media collections are accessible to library staff only.  To borrow items from the library, use the library catalog to place a hold on the items.   Once items are processed and packaged for pickup, you will receive email notification.  Returned books and media will be quarantined before being available again. 

How to Request Library Books or DVDs for Contactless Pickup

  1. Use the Library Catalog or the Discover search to look up the item you want.

  2. When you find the item you want, click the Place a Hold button in the library catalog record.

  3. Log in with your SJU username and password.

  4. You’ll see a page confirming your request was successful.  Log back in to My Library Account at any time to see or cancel your requests.

  5. When your requested items are ready, you will receive an email.

  6. Pick up your bagged items in the library atrium within seven days of notification.  The items will already be checked out to you. If not picked up within seven days, the items will be checked back in and returned to the collection.

  7. Return borrowed items using the exterior book drop.  Items will remain checked out on your library account while they are in quarantine.

Interlibrary Loan

Click here to go to the SJU Interlibrary Loan page for the latest updates on services. 

Library Research Help and Consultations with Librarians

SJU librarians are available to take questions via email, phone, or chat, or for private Zoom meetings.  Librarians can assist with topic brainstorming, developing a research strategy, identifying and using credible sources, and more.  Meet with a Librarian



A playlist of videos ranging from a general introduction to the Library to evaluating sources and requesting materials through interlibrary loan.

Research Guides by Subject
Focused on specialized databases and research methods and tools in your field of study, Research Guides are a great place to start.

Citing Sources
Guide to citing your sources in APA, MLA and other styles.


Course Reserves

There are no print books or DVDs on reserve during COVID-19, but check our catalog to see if the book you need is available for contactless pickup.  Online articles chosen by your course instructor (known as electronic reserves or e-reserves) are made available in the Canvas site for your course.


Student Employment

Current remote-only positions will be and are listed in Handshake For a complete description of the work study process and requirements see the Office of Financial Aid