Student Information

  • Collections

    Mount Saint Mary's University Libraries have approximately 180,000 circulating print volumes available. Patrons also have access to over 380,000 e-books and 39,000 e-journals through over 200 databases. Current students, faculty, and staff may access these materials from off campus with a valid library barcode. 

    Please consult our Research Databases for up-to-date listings of resources offered.  

    Research and Reference Assistance

    At the Coe Library, reference assistance is generally available from 8am until 7pm Monday-Thursday and 8am until 4:30pm Friday. 

    At the McCarthy Library, reference assistance is available Monday-Saturday 10am until 6pm, as well as 10am until 6pm the Sundays of Weekend College.

    Appointments for assistance at other times can be made by contacting a reference librarian and arranging a mutually acceptable time.
    E-mail and telephone assistance are also available.

    Course Reserves       

    Print materials on reserve are housed at Circulation in both MSMU libraries.
    Reserve materials may have a loan period of 2 hours up to one week.
    Overdue reserve materials are charged at a rate of $2/hour.
    The loan period for reserve materials is designated by the course instructor.

    Borrowing MSMU Materials

    Item Borrowing Period Fine Replacement Fee

    Books (Chalon & Doheny Campus)

    3 Weeks

    25 cents/day

    $35 +10

    Newer Periodicals (Chalon Campus

    2 Hours

    $2 per Hour

    $10.50 +10

    Older Periodicals (Chalon Campus

    3 Weeks

    25 cents/day

    $10.50 +10

    Periodicals (Doheny Campus

    3 Weeks

    25 cents/day

    $10.50 +10


    Borrowing Materials from Other Libraries

    Through Link+, library patrons can borrow materials for up to 6 weeks from the collections of approximately 75 libraries in California and Nevada. 

    Overdue Link+ materials are charged at a rate of $1/day and $115 for lost or damaged materials. 

    Libraries outside of Link+

    Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery requests for materials not available in our libraries or through Link+ are handled by reference librarians.

    Interlibrary Loan requests are typically available within 2 weeks.
    Document Delivery articles are typically available within 1 week.

    Library Technology

    Public access computers are currently distributed throughout the main floors of both libraries. Library computers are intended for reference and research use but may also be used for word-processing, e-mail, and other purposes. Additional computers are available in the Chalon Campus Instructional Media & Technology Center and OIT administered Computer Labs. Media materials are housed in the Instructional Media & Technology Center located on the 2nd floor of the Coe Library. The goal of the libraries is to become a learning commons.