Supporting the college's curriculum, the SMC Library collection includes more than 150,000 print books; 300,000 e-books; 200,000 e-journals; 92,000 streaming media titles; and 205 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 strengths 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.

Search the Library Collection 

Use the Library Search box to discover books, films, databases, articles, and more in the collection.

Locate a journal using the Journals/Periodicals 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 150,000 subscribed periodicals are searchable through the Journals Finder:


Browse list of journals by subject

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 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 have been scanned and made publically available through the Internet Archive.

Materials in Storage

Approximately 64,000 books 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 2020-2021.

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