The SPU Library offers an array of services to aid you and your students’ study and research. Both on campus and off, you can access materials and support for your students’ academic needs.

Librarian support of teaching

SPU uses the liaison librarian model of support for faculty. Faculty members may: 

  • Request instruction sessions, screencasts or handouts for specific courses, faculty workshops, or other group sessions.
  • Direct students to their liaison librarian for help in using library resources. 
  • Obtain assistance in creating assignments that effectively build information literacy skills.
  • Suggest items for addition to the library collection.

Borrowing services

Faculty may:

Research services

Faculty may:

  • Search library article and research databases from on or off campus.
  • Determine whether the SPU Library has access to the full text of a particular journal using the Library discovery system.
  • Share your publications using Digital Commons @ SPU.
  • “Ask a Librarian” to receive research assistance in person or online through email, text message, and chat services.
  • Contact your liaison librarian for assistance with your personal research and publication interests. This can include meeting to discuss your research, literature reviews, style and citation assistance, and more.

Additional services

Faculty may: 

  • Have students take non-proctored make-up exams in the Library. 
  • Use the Quiet Study Zone located in the SW corner of the 3rd floor.
  • Use a Faculty/Graduate Locker in the Quiet Study Zone (see the Circulation Desk to checkout a key). 
  • Use SPU Room finder to reserve a library space including the seminar, media, or conference rooms. 
  • Use collaborative and individual computing spaces and receive support in using university software at the Front Desk.
  • Use self-service printers and copiers, learn more about printing on-campus.

Loan Rule Information

Material Type Loan Period Max. items out by item type Renewal
General collection, Curriculum, Honors Projects, Juvenile, Music Scores, Kits 84 days Up to 75 3
Summit items – Long Loan (usually books) 84 days Up to 75 1 (add. 6 wks)
Dissertations 84 days 5 1
Wesleyan, Wesleyan Holiness, and Free Methodist Collection (Emmanuel Room) 84 days with Librarian Permission Librarian Permission Librarian Permission
Graduate Locker Key 84 days 1 up to 1 year
CDs, Sound Recordings 7 days 5 1
DVDs, Videos 7 days 5 1
Test Files (restricted access) 4 hours 2 1
Reserve Materials Varies, usually 2 hours 2 1
Reference, Atlases, Theses 24 hours with Librarian Permission Librarian Permission Librarian Permission
Periodicals 7 days 10 1
  • Faculty may have a total of 75 items checked out at any one time.
  • Late fees may be assessed for lost or missing items, overdue technology items, summit items, or items in high demand.
  • Replacement cost for lost SPU materials: $75.
  • Replacement cost for lost Summit materials: $90.
  • Fees may be assessed for materials returned in a damaged condition.

Contact the Circulation desk at 206-281-2228 or circ@spu.edu if you have concerns about overdue, damaged, or lost items.

Patron responsibility: The Library emails a due-date record at the time of checkout and sends courtesy reminders and overdue notices to your SPU email address. However, whether or not you receive these notices, you are responsible for returning materials that have been checked out on your ID card on time.

Make-up exams

Sending exams to the Library

The faculty member should send the exam to the Library, as noted below.

  • The student may then obtain the exam at the Circulation Desk.
  • The student will need to find a place to sit in the Library to take the exam.
  • The student will need to return the exam to the Circulation Desk.
  • Library staff will send the exam back to the faculty member through campus mail.

Note: The SPU Library does not have a controlled room to administer makeup exams to SPU students. Exams taken in the Library are not proctored by library staff.


Johanna Staman
Head of Access Services
206-281-2789 or johanna@spu.edu

Send exams and related materials to:

Seattle Pacific University Library
Attn: Johanna Staman
3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 306
Seattle, WA 98119-1957

Fax: 206-281-2936

Seattle Area Locations That Proctor Exams

The two places we are currently aware of that will proctor exams for the general public are the Seattle Colleges (North | Central | South) and the University of Washington Testing Center.

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