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Copley Library

copleyThe 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.
Library faculty and additional professional and support staff and student workers make the collections available to the university community. 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 over 110 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 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 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.

Pardee Legal Research Center

The Pardee Legal Research Center, located on the east end of campus, houses more than 540,000 volumes and volume equivalents of legal materials, including judicial, statutory, and administrative sources and an assortment of secondary materials on Anglo-American, foreign, and international law. Special concentrations include taxation, European Union, jurisprudence, Supreme Court history, human rights, and Mexican law. A full array of electronic resources is accessible through the online catalog. The library is a federal and state government depository. The Legal Research Center is a partner in The San Diego Circuit library consortium, which provides access to the research collections of other San Diego libraries.
The law library is normally open 112 hours a week, and reference librarians are normally available 70 hours a week. The collection is maintained to support the study and research of students and faculty of the School of Law and is available to any member of the USD community needing to conduct legal research.

Academic Technology Services

Academic Technology Services (ATS) is a division of Information Technology Services (ITS) with a broad range of responsibilities providing support and services to faculty, staff and students across the university campus. ATS works closely with other divisions of ITS to bring you stable and reliable service in support of teaching, learning and research.

Within ATS are five distinct units designed to provide specific support and services to our community. Desktop Support Services offers 24/7 Help Desk assistance for supported hardware and software related questions and computing issues, and works with the desktop technicians that are located in the various schools (ext. 7900, Computing Labs (ext. 2765) across campus offer Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers for both student and instructional needs. The Instructional and Media Technology (IMT) team is dedicated to supporting faculty with the adoption and implementation of technology in teaching and learning, USD’s online course management system, emerging technologies, podcasting services, and training workshops (ext. 7400, They also provide a full range of classroom media, video and graphics support, and the circulation desk has a wide variety of equipment that can be checked out. IMT also supports Video Teleconferencing facilities that are now available across campus (ext. 4567, The Web services team (ext. 7600, assists with the development of the USD website and offers courses toward learning how to maintain and enhance both personal and departmental websites. The Library Systems unit maintains all library software and catalog, loads records into the system, evaluates new library technologies and products, trains, troubleshoots, and answers questions regarding these products ( To learn more about the technologies and resources available, please visit

Instructional Media Services

Instructional Media Services (IMS) is comprised of media/video production, digital graphic design and multimedia editing lab, instructional repair and installation, and instructional media equipment checkout. The department is located on the ground floor of Maher Hall, Room 186. Semester hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays to 6 p.m. Call (619) 260‑4567 for information.
We provide a wide range of resources including instructional equipment lending, digital graphic services, audio/video/multimedia production for instructional use, media duplication, video/multimedia workstations, technical assistance, classroom technology support and repair, consultation/installation services and limited multimedia related software training. IMS can provide support for graphics design, video production, digitizing, and other related services for your web-based activities in consultation with Academic Technology Services.

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