Sometimes you need to go to another library to find materials. Much of the work can be done beforehand by using that Library's online catalog. Here are some suggested starting points:
If an item you want is not in Albert, check Link+, a combined catalog of our 50+ partner libraries around California and Nevada. You can borrow most items in LINK+ and have them delivered to SMC within 4 business days. For more information, see Interlibrary Loan
The online catalog of the University of California libraries.
Search by individual campus or all at once through SEIR.
This is a wiki organized by the librarians at SMC. It provides information for public, academic and some special libraries that are free to the public. Browse the listing which includes libraries in the counties of San Joaquin, Solana, Napa, Marin, Sonoma, Contra Costa, Alameda, Monterey, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz.
WorldCat searches thousands of libraries around the world simultaneously, then checks to see if something is found in a library near your location.
CalCat searches hundreds of California libraries, then checks to see if what you're looking for is in a library near your location.
Or, as always, ASK US!