Library Collection

Supporting the college's curriculum, the SMC Library collection includes more than 177,000 print books; 170,000 e-books; 116,000 e-journals; 47,000 streaming media titles; and 229 licensed databases.

The Saint Mary's College Library collection

The SMC Library includes book and electronic collections in the humanities, sciences and social sciences, with strenghts in literature, business, education and psychology, to support the College's curriculum. Catholic philosophy and history, Lasallian traditions and background, and the Liberal Arts are incorporated in both the current and special collections.

New Titles

A monthly compilation of new books includes both print and e-resources. You may bookmark the following link to see what new titles SMC Library has to offer each month: http://albert.stmarys-ca.edu/search/jnew+titles

Search Albert

Our online catalog is called Albert. Search Albert to discover books, films, and databases in the collection.

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..

Locate a journal using the Journals/Peridocials list

Most of the Library's periodical subscriptions are included in electronic publisher journal packages or databases that aggregate multiple publisher's content. More than 90,000 subscribed periodicals are searchable through the Journals Finder:

Journals Finder


The library databases

The library subscribes to more than 200 databases accessible from the Library’s website. Resources available include periodical indexing and full-text databases, e-books, handbooks and encyclopedias, statistics, directories, and films and music. Find a database in the library's A-Z List of Databases.

Special Collections

The Library’s distinctive Special Collections include the 5000-volume Library for Lasallian Studies and the 5000-volume Cardinal Newman and His Times, most of which has been scanned and made publically available through the Internet Archive.

Textbooks & the Collegiate Seminar collection

The Library Textbook Collection provides over 800 of the most heavily-used current textbooks. In 2012 this collection joined an established Collegiate Seminar collection of required texts. Books in both collections are on Reserve, and are available for 2-hour checkout from the Library's front Service Desk.

Best Seller Collection

For popular reading not found in our regular collection, a best seller collection is located near the Library's entrance. Check there for the latest quality paperback best sellers.

Materials in Storage

Approximately 75,000 books and 14% of our bound periodicals have been stored in an off-site facility. Items in storage are listed in the library catalog with a location of "Off-Site Storage." Please use the link in the catalog record to request retrieval of items in storage. It takes approximately 2-3 business days to retrieve an item from the storage facility.

The Collection Development Policy

The Library collection reflects the combined efforts of librarians and faculty. The policy guiding the development of the collection is available here. Each department or program assigns a faculty-library liaison to work with a Librarian Subject Selector to solicit collection suggestions from faculty, review the collection for strengths and weaknesses, and to inform the Library about new curriculum developments. To make suggestions for Library acquisitions, contact your department's liaison or tell us directly.

More information:

Download our complete collection statistics for the year 2015-2016.