About the Library
All Pacific Oaks students have access to the library's print and electronic collections whether on campus or at a distance. The Pacific Oaks library specializes in subjects related to human development across the life span, early childhood education and psychosocial development, special education, classroom curricula (K-12), psychology, and family therapy. The library currently houses over 9,000 print resources and provides access to full-text and citation databases which include Academic Search Complete, PEP Archive, PsycBooks, PsycArticles, PsycInfo, ProQuest Digital Theses & Dissertations, EBSCO Electronic Journals Service, Social Sciences Citation Index, Ebrary, and a host of others.
Pacific Oaks Student ID cards serve as library cards; items may be checked out in person or shipped (for a nominal fee) to a student's address of record. Requests for item shipping or other circulation needs may be placed in person, by phone, or via email. Circulation staff are available to provide guidance in accessing print and digital materials.
Enter the library's Research Portal to access the library catalog, research databases, tutorials, and library news.
Reference staff are available on a drop-in or appointment basis, though the scheduling of appointments is strongly recommended. Topic-specific, in-depth research is the focus of reference sessions and the reservation of adequate, extended time is advised.
Reference personnel are also available to provide instruction in beginning to advanced research practices, including navigation of academic databases.
Pacific Oaks participates in resource sharing with other libraries worldwide via OCLC, and maintains membership in a variety of consortia. Through these connections, the library provides access to items beyond the reach of its own collection. Students who need resources not owned by Pacific Oaks may submit an interlibrary loan request for a per-item, flat fee, and library staff will work with other organizations to obtain requested material. Please note that loan lengths for such items are determined by the items' lending library and may differ from Pacific Oaks circulation schedules or policies; renewals of ILL items are not always possible and are determined by the lending library. Please see the Pacific Oaks fee schedule for current ILL costs.
Pacific Oaks has a librarian dedicated to reference and instructional services. Working closely with faculty, our instructional services librarian provides in-class instruction in the areas of research design and practice, introduction to methodology, modes of inquiry, information literacy, and research organization.