Copley Library

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About Us

Copley LibraryThe Helen K. and James S. Copley Library, located on the west end of the campus, currently houses over 500,000 volumes. Collections include books, journals, reference works, databases, government documents, newspapers and electronic journals in many languages, as well as maps, videos, sound recordings, microforms and rare books.  

Copley Library is open over 100 hours each week. Library faculty with subject specialties offer extensive reference, research and instructional services.

The libraries at USD are members of the San Diego Circuit Library Consortium, which maintains a database linking university libraries in the region. Through this consortium, USD students and faculty can easily access library materials from other campuses.

In addition to its own collection and the San Diego Circuit, Copley Library has connections to libraries throughout the world.

Notable features and services of the Copley Library include:

  • The library subscribes to over 100 online databases providing access to over 45,000 electronic journals.
  • Over 80 computer workstations for student use.
  • Wired and wireless networks for patrons with laptop computers.
  • Laptop computers are also available for checkout.
  • Photocopy machines and microform readers/printers are available for student use.
  • Two printer stations, including laser color printing.
  • 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.
  • The University Archives documents and preserves the history of the University of San Diego through its collection of manuscripts, records, photographs, media, publications and memorabilia.
  • The holdings of Copley Library’s Special Collections include rare books and manuscripts, artists’ books, postcard and bookplate collections, and artifacts.