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Live Near Campus? Find and Pickup a Print Book

If you live nearby campus, you can search for and pick up a print book.  You can find the book yourself within the main stacks of the library or request it for pick-up following the steps below.

Steps for Browsing and Finding Print Books

Step 1: Locate the book in the library's catalog (aka OSCAR) off the library website

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

Step 2: Once you find a book with "available" status, 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. Allow 1 business day for that notification. 

Step 4:  Follow the instructions in your email to pick up your book at the Help Desk once you receive notification.

If you get delayed or can't come, simply contact the Library Help Desk (408-554-5020, to make alternative arrangements. 

Live Far from Campus? Request a Book for Mail Delivery

If you live far from campus but within the continental United States and Hawaii, you can request up to 5 items per quarter to be mailed to your home -- free of charge.

We will mail you the materials via USPS; they should arrive within 5-7 business days. The Library will also send you return USPS postage and instructions for how to repackage/return your items. Questions about the service? Contact the Library Help Desk:, 408-554-5020.

Steps for Residential Delivery

Step 1: Locate the book in the library's catalog (aka OSCAR). 

Find the OSCAR search tab on the library homepage

Step 2: Confirm your book's title, call number, and permanent link. 

Find the title, call number, and permalink for the book that you want. Check that its status says "available".


Step 3: If the book status is "Available", then send your request for a home delivery to  Include the title, call number, and permanent link, as well as your name with mailing address.

Need Just One Chapter from an SCU Book? Ask for a Scan

If you just need just one chapter from an SCU library book, we will scan it for you and send it to your interlibrary loan account. This is a great option if you need just one chapter and not the whole book. For copyright reasons, you are limited to one scanned chapter.