Library Collections

Welcome to an overview of Lemieux Library collections and resources!  This page provides information and links that will help you navigate the various resources, research tools and services provided by the library in support of teaching, learning, and scholarship.  

 

Search the Catalog - Primo

The library catalog, Primo provides simple, one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, and digital media across Lemieux and Law Libraries and the Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries. You can limit your search to Lemieux Library materials only by using the Lemieux Library scope. Additional information is available at the Library Catalog Guide and at Direct Linking to Library Resources.  Print books are located on library floors 3,4, and 5.  

E-Books

Lemieux Library has several eBook collections allowing selected options to view, print, and/or download. Search the catalog for an eBook as you would for any other book by title, author, subject or keyword. To limit your results to e-books only, choose eBooks under the filter Material Type. Additional information can be found at How to Find and Use eBooks.

Databases

Research databases are broad in scope and include abstracting and indexing services with or without aggregated full-text, aggregated journal collections, open access services, directories, and aggregated collections of books. The library database subscriptions include general, interdisciplinary databases and some specialized or discipline-specific databases. Searching in the Library Catalog (Primo) does not retrieve all the content from the databases to which SU subscribes, so it will be important to extend your search strategy to target individual databases. Key databases are identified for you in each of the Research Guides by Subject. These guides will focus your research for specific courses assignments.   For access to all databases across disciplines, use Lemieux Library’s A-Z Database list

Journals

Access to full-text online journals includes individually subscribed titles, aggregated collections from a single or multiple publishers, and open access titles.

The eJournal Search feature of the catalog allows you to search available full-text  in  online library subscriptions by a keyword search or through alpha tabs. Access the eJournal Search feature on the library's homepage or if you are already searching in the library catalog (Primo) find eJournal Search located in the upper red navigation bar.

Some print subscriptions are maintained in certain disciplines where reliable online content is not available. Print journals are located on the 5th floor of the library. Visit the display shelves in the 3rd floor Wyckoff Reading Room for current, popular titles accessible via QR codes.   

Newspapers  

The library provides access to local, national and international newspaper coverage in subscription databases, by individual titles and in a variety of open news sources. Access the News & Newspapers guide for full coverage.

Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials that can be used and re-used freely, because they're either in the public domain or open-licensed. Access OERs and find additional information at the Online Learning Support at the Library guide.

Open Access (OA)

Open Access publications are available to read free of charge on the Internet.  Open Access is an alternative publishing model aimed at relieving researchers and libraries of the burden of paying high subscription costs for access to scholarly content. Access OA resources and find additional information at the Online Learning Support at the Library guide.

Streaming Media and Videos

The library provides access to streaming media from a variety of commercial and academic vendors. Browse subject-specific and primary streaming platforms at the Streaming Film & Media guide. Physical DVDs (commercial and academic), VHS, CDs, cassette tapes can also be found at Lemieux Library by searching the Library Catalog (Primo) 

Textbooks

Lemieux Library is committed to helping students access resources identified in a course syllabus. The Campus Store sells and rents textbooks and assigned course materials in both physical and electronic formats. The Library may have physical or electronic copies of some assigned course materials within its collections - search the Library Catalog (Primo)   by course, instructor or title for the item you need. If you require access to an item that is not currently held by the Library, please submit a Recommend a Purchase form and the librarians will determine if the Library can purchase an electronic copy. Some publishers restrict electronic textbook sales and licenses to individual students, preventing libraries from obtaining copies that can be made available to all students. 

If an electronic copy is not available for the library to purchase, the library recommends that students who are experiencing financial hardship reach out to Student Financial Services to discuss options. Student Financial Services can be reached at financialservices@seattleu.edu

Course Reserves

Lemieux Library extends its commitment to access and affordability with the broader service of Course Reserves. The course reserve system facilitates student access to items that supplement core course materials but is not a substitute for assigned textbooks or course packs.  A majority of course reserves will be electronic. For most courses, your instructor will provide links to articles, ebooks, or streaming media within your Canvas course site. When print materials are the only option the library places a physical item on course reserve.

Look for course reserve print books or physical media items in the Library Catalog (Primo) by course, instructor, or title of the item. Limit the search with the Course Reserves feature located in either the upper red navigation bar or the drop-down location in the search box.

Primary Resources for Class Assignments

Undergraduate assignments increasingly emphasize primary source research. Access to primary source research and unique local and regional archives begins with the following links. 

  • Get started with the Key Sources for Primary Research
  • AM Explorer. -- A popular resource for the undergraduate curriculum provides access to millions of pages of primary source collections across the entire portfolio of Adam Matthew Digital, spanning content from the 15th-21st centuries. Archives West, the repository of the Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries, provides access to descriptions of primary sources in the western United States, including correspondence, diaries, and photographs. Digital reproductions of the materials are available in some cases.

Scholarworks Digital Collections

ScholarWorks, a service of Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, is the institutional repository of Seattle University. Showcasing the work of faculty, staff, and students, as well as Seattle University historic archive materials, ScholarWorks represents Seattle University's commitment to share its intellectual output with the world. Visit the FAQfor answers to other questions or contact the Scholarly Communication Officer at scholarworks@seattleu.edu

Special Collections & Archives

These materials that have been separated from the main collection for reasons of rarity or fragility, format, or association with Seattle University history. Unique collections include the Book Arts collection, the Darwin collection, the E.M. Standing Collection on the Montessori Method and Napoleonic collection. Search the collection title in the library catalog and limit the Search Scope to Lemieux Library.  Selected digital collections in the Seattle University Archive and History collection are linked in Scholarworks.

Special Collections & Archives is located on the library 6th floor. Class visits and research appointments are welcome!  Contact the Coordinator for Collection Development & Special Collections either by email or by completing the online request form. For more detail see the Special Collections Guide.

Collection Development Policies

Collection development policies establish operating guidelines for the planned development and management of a quality collection of resources in support of teaching, learning and scholarship. Learn more from the Collection Development Policy guide, including information about Gifts and Donations to the library collection.

Coordinator; Collection Development, Special Collections & Archives

Mary Linden Sepulveda
(206) 296-6209
mlinden@seattleu.edu