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Get to Know Your University Library

Ways to Use Books at SCU Library

SCU Library owns or subscribes to over 500,000 print books and 160,000 e-books. You have access to all these books by virtue of being an SCU Student.

Start with OSCAR, the Library's catalog, if you don't have a preference for format. Books with call numbers and locations are physical books in the library. If a book's record doesn't display a call number and location, it's an e-book and you need to click on the hyperlink below the title to read it online.

If you prefer ebooks, follow the directions below to limit your search to the virtual realm of books.

Direct link to OSCAR is below, or go to the second tab on the Library's website.

Find and Use Print Books

Step 1: Visit the library's website and navigate to the 2nd tab, OSCAR. Do a search using a few keywords, a title, or an author.

Find print books using the library catalog, called OSCAR, off the library homepage.

Step 2: Once you find a book with "available" status that looks good, use the "Request this Title" or "Request from ARS" button to request it for pickup. 

Look for the "Request This Title" button and click on it.

Step 3: Wait for an email notice from the library indicating your book is ready to pick up. Once you get that email, visit the Help Desk inside the entrance of the library to pick up your book.

Alternative: Note the call number of the book and head to the library to find it on the shelf on your own (and likely find other interesting titles around it that you may like).

Find and use E-Books

Step 1: Visit the library's website and navigate to the 5th tab, Streaming Videos / eBooks.

How to Search for Ebooks

Step 2: Keep your search words focused on the big ideas or concepts. Use just a few words like "water justice" or "water rights".

Step 3: Once you find a book you like, read it online by clicking the "connect to this title online" box.

Alternative: You can use the advanced search function in OSCAR, and limit the material type to Ebooks.