Alumni / Community Services

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Saint Mary’s College welcomes the public to use the Saint Mary’s College Library. You may search the online catalog and use books and periodicals within the Library building at no charge. Our research databases are available to all on campus as well. You may also use our wi-fi, two guest computers, public access photocopying machines (10 cents per copy), printers (10 cents per page), and microfilm readers. Although we give priority to our primary clientele—SMC students, staff and faculty—alumni may receive assistance in locating information and using electronic resources from our reference librarians during regularly scheduled Reference Desk hours.

Alumni Services

Alumni library cardBook Loans

To borrow books, Alumni may purchase a library card for a $10 annual fee. Picture ID and verification of alumni status is required (e.g., via the alumni directory, your diploma, or the Alumni Office). The loan period for most material is 28 days with one renewal. No more than 10 books may be borrowed at one time.

Screenshot of VaultDatabases and Electronic Resources

All alumni (not just those with a library card) may access the Library's electronic resources Vault Career Intelligence, Sage Knowledge, Sage Journals, Sage Business Cases, and Project MUSE (request a login first).

FirstHand (formerly Vault Career Intelligence) offers company profiles, rankings, and industry and profession profiles. Find career advice using the career guides, résumé templates, and sample cover letters. Search for jobs and internships, and find graduate programs. First-time alumni users, request a login.

Project MUSE contains full-text access to journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and other presses. Disciplines covered are humanities, social sciences, mathematics, literature and criticism, history, visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, and others. First-time alumni users, request a login.

SAGE Business Cases is the first digital collection tailored to library needs, providing librarians, faculty, and students with cases to support their curriculum and independent research. Launching with 1,000 cases from around the world, this collection will grow to 2,500 case studies by 2018. First-time alumni users, request a login.

Sage Journals provides full-text access to over over 460 journals published by SAGE Publications, primarily in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine. First-time alumni users, request a login.

Sage Knowledge ebooks is a database of reference encyclopedias and handbooks published by SAGE covering the social sciences and education. Subject categories include such areas as African American Studies, Aged & Gerontology, Anthropology, Communication and Media Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Gender & Sexuality Studies, History, Politics, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Work & Social Policy, and Sociology. First-time alumni users, request a login.

For more information about Vault, the Sage databases, and Project Muse, please see the Library’s webpage about these databases for alumni.

Additional free online databases recommended by librarians may be viewed on our Databases page by selecting Alumni under the “by category” drop-down menu.

Community Access

Members of the community may purchase a library card for a $75 annual fee.  Residents of Contra Costa, Solano, and Alameda counties may apply for a library card.  A total of 5 items may be checked out for 28 days with 1 renewal. The community members do not have access to the online databases.

Employee Families

Spouses, partners, and children (ages 16 and up) of current Saint Mary's employees may register to receive a library card.  A total of 30 items may be checked out for 28 days with 2 renewals. The families of employees do not have database access.

More Information

Please call the Service Desk at (925) 631-4229 or view Borrowing Privileges for more information.