Description of Library Resources
The Helen K. and James S. Copley Library, located on the west end of the campus, houses over 500,000 books and bound periodicals and includes subscriptions to 2,500 journals as well as collections of reference works, government documents, pamphlets, newspapers in many languages, and rare books. It also houses the university’s media software collection, including video and audio tapes, DVDs and CDs, slide sets, films, and multimedia sets.
Nine library faculty and additional professional and support staff and student workers make the collections available to the university community. SOLES has a dedicated librarian who works with our faculty and student, as well as the Psychology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. A library computer system, SALLY, offers access to all of the library’s book, journal, and media collections, as well as the collections of the Legal Research Center.
Copley Library is open 117 hours each week and its resources are organized in accessible, open stacks. Library faculty provide extensive reference service and spend time working individually with students as they complete assignments and prepare papers, speeches, and research reports of all kinds.
The libraries at USD are members of The San Diego Library Circuit Consortium, which maintains a database linking four university libraries (USD, UCSD, SDSU, California State University, San Marcos) and the San Diego County Library. Through this consortium USD students and faculty can easily access library materials from other campuses. A delivery system enables timely movement of materials from one campus to another.
In addition to its own collection and The Library Circuit, Copley Library has Internet connections with academic and large public libraries throughout the world and with major bibliographic and information databases, and makes this information available through the World Wide Web both inside the library and also to the dorms, offices, and homes of USD students and faculty.
Computers, photocopy machines, microform reader/printers, and media hardware are available for student use. Study spaces are available for over 600 students and include group study areas, quiet carrels, and pleasant reading rooms furnished with antiques and contemporary art.