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Navigating the Library

May 14, 2018


The four-level school learning commons and library building, replete with the books, periodicals, and licensed online resources that are available to all students, is home to 25 collaborative work rooms, 200 computers, 250,000 volumes on open shelves, 600,000 volumes in the Automated Retrieval System—which has a total capacity of a million volumes—590,000 government documents, and 865,000 microform units. In short, students are most likely to find what they need.



The ten year-old learning commons area of the library has three video viewing and recording rooms, the Saint Clare Room (the traditional reading room), and over 1200 reader seats in the form of carrels, small tables, lounge furniture, and outdoor seating in the cafe and the terraces. Students who are on the go can rely on Sunstream Café, which is at the entrance of the building. Open times are from 8:30 AM to 11 PM on Mondays through Thursdays, from 8:30 AM to 5 PM on Fridays, and from 11:30 AM to 11 PM on Sundays. However, students must also take note of the building’s food and drink policy (found here: so that the proper condition of the building’s equipment and facilities is maintained.


Students may reserve group study rooms either online or through the SCU Mobile App. Reservations require the use of SCU ID and may be made a week ahead. Students are limited to a total of four hours of reservations each day, regardless of the combination of times. Based on personal experience, reserving a room is not all that difficult and does not require more than 10 minutes to do. Having done so recently, I find that the group study rooms are especially helpful if the purpose is collaborative effort. It is less likely probable that there will be several available rooms during midterms and finals week, so it is important that students reserve rooms in advance and also be mindful of the intent of reserving. Therefore, it is also the courtesy of the students to only make reservations when they are working on group projects in order to allow other groups to make more use out of the space.


The technology center is where media stations, computer and technology stations, reference materials, the Digital Media Lab (LC 331), the Faculty development lab (LC 142), video conferencing rooms, viewing and taping rooms A-C (LC 129, 133, 134), training and instruction rooms (LC 203, 205, 206)—which also serve as drop-in labs when available—and two video editing suites (LC 131, 132) can be found. iMacs and Dell desktops are free of use to students, and are available in both the lower level/basement and the first floor. Also found on the first floor of the building is the HUB Writing Center, which is available from 7 to 10 PM every day of the week except Fridays and Saturdays.


Personally, I have come to not only witness my level of productivity astoundingly increase but also enjoy my stay at the library. It has become a habit of mine to go to the library right after my classes, in the pursuit of getting all my work done as soon as possible. Guaranteed, my productivity would decline if I were to stay in my room—my bed and all else being there. Having rather particular study habits myself—that is, I prefer isolation and quiet spaces if available due to my tendency to easily get distracted—the cubicles on the third floor, which are quiet study zones, and on the basement level are my go to study spots. Students who would still like to be social while studying and may have an inclination to talk to one another would probably prefer the first floor. On warm, sunny days, I find the terraces on the third floor to be quite serene as I am able to catch a glimpse of Benson and my residence hall from time to time. When in need of a Windows-based Dell desktop for OMIS classes I make use of the ones on the first floor and basement level. Getting all my work done at the library provides more structure to my days and helps me feel like a better student. What I love about the library is the studious, productive, and peaceful yet somehow chaotic atmosphere that permeates throughout the building. Students can truly attest the existence of not only the hustle and bustle but also the intellectual and academic pursuits in a place where there is a variety of environments. At times, I even find myself staying in the library until closing time, and it ultimately gives me a sense of being on top of things.


The library is open from 7 AM to 2 AM on Mondays through Thursdays, from 7 AM to 10 PM on Fridays, from 9 AM to 10 PM on Saturdays, and from 9 AM to 2 AM on Sundays.


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