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Library Vision, Mission, and Collection


The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library is the center of intellectual inquiry and community engagement at Notre Dame de Namur University. The Gellert Library inspires reflection and innovation by supporting the diverse information needs of our users and furthers the goals of the University to promote a just, ethical, and diverse society.


The Gellert Library upholds the core values of Notre Dame de Namur University and serves its students and community by:

• Providing reliable and guided access to diverse information resources and technologies that reflect the campus’ current and future academic programs
• Encouraging the community to use information creatively, critically, and ethically by integrating our services into the instructional and planning activities of the University
• Designing an inclusive and dynamic space that offers a range of learning environments conducive to research and collaboration


The Carl and Celia Berta Gellert Library collection consists of books, periodicals, sound recordings, videos, a number of current newspapers and an extensive reference book collection. Search@NDNU search box on the library homepage serves as the main access point to the collections.

The library owns about 120,000 books and subscribes to top journal titles that support academic majors offered at NDNU. Moreover, the library provides access to more than 200,000 ebooks, thousands of full-text journals, and 1500 streaming videos through the library’s online databases.

Services for Students

Research assistance
Librarians are available to help you get started on your research all the hours the library is open – no appointment necessary. They can explain the best use of library resources by helping you select databases or other search tools. Librarians can also help you find books, journal articles, news sources, government documents, and any other information you might need for your research.
Copying, printing, scanning
NDNU faculty, staff, and students may print directly from the computers in the library. The library provides self service printer and print/copy/scan machines. Please refer to Fees and Fines section for amount and cost details.
Wi-fi and media services
Wireless access to the Internet is available in the Gellert Library. Students are welcome to bring their laptops to the library. Chromebooks are also available for library use only and can be checked out at the circulation desk. You may use the computers in the library to watch DVDs or listen to CDs. Headphones for in-library use can be checked out at the circulation desk.

Services for Faculty

Submit course reserves

Faculty members may request library materials or personal copies to be placed on Course Reserve for class assignments. The library will not place materials on reserve if the nature, scope, or extent of the material is beyond the reasonable limits of fair use. Reserve materials may be checked out at the circulation desk.They will stay on reserve for the current semester only.  At the end of the semester, materials are removed from reserve. Any personal materials removed from reserve will be returned to the instructor.

More Information: NDNU Faculty Handbook
(Part Vi, I. A.  Use of Copyrighted Material)

Course reserves request forms are available at the circulation desk. Faculty may also download the Course Reserve Request Form, fill it out, and drop it off at the library or email it to

Schedule library instruction
Librarians at the Gellert Library work with faculty to create unique instruction sessions tailored to individual courses. Faculty members may schedule an information literacy instruction session by submitting an instruction session request form.

More information: Information Literacy Instruction

Suggest book purchase
The Gellert Library is committed to building collections that support and compliment the university’s academic programs. Faculty recommendations for books and periodicals are welcomed, but such requests can be considered only within the confines of the library’s current budget allocation and the library’s Collection Development Policy.
To make book purchase suggestions, faculty members may submit a Library New Item Form or contact the library at 650-508-3748 or
Borrowing and access privileges

NDNU students, faculty, alumni, and retired university employees are eligible for library privileges with their NDNU ID card. Access to the computers in the library requires user authentication.

Special borrowing permits are granted to San Mateo County Educators for the San Mateo Education Research Center items. Spouses/domestic partners of NDNU faculty and staff may request a library account.

Loan periods and database access privileges depend on the current status of the NDNU community member. See the chart below for more information.

StudentsFacultyStaffAlumniSM Educators
Books3 WeeksEnd of semesterEnd of semester3 Weeks3 Weeks (SMERC** items only)
Course ReservesIn-library use onlyIn-library use only*In-library use onlyIn-library use only
Print JournalsIn-library use onlyIn-library use only*In-library use onlyIn-library use onlyIn-library use only
ReferenceIn-library use onlyIn-library use only*In-library use onlyIn-library use onlyIn-library use only
Music Scores3 WeeksEnd of semesterEnd of semester3 Weeks
DVDs & CDsIn-library use only1 Week1 WeekIn-library use only
Interlibrary LoanVaries by institutionVaries by institutionVaries by institution
Access to Electronic ResourcesYesYesYesNoNo
HeadphonesIn-library use onlyIn-library use onlyIn-library use onlyIn-library use onlyIn-library use only
LaptopsIn-library use onlyIn-library use onlyIn-library use only
Camcorder2 Week2 Week2 Week
Tripod2 Week2 Week2 Week
  *Faculty may request an exemption. Please consult library staff. **San Mateo Education Research Center
Request Interlibrary Loan

NDNU faculty, staff, and students can request books and photocopies of journal articles from other libraries. Requests can be made by submitting an interlibrary loan request form or by contacting the library at 650-508-3748 or

More Information: Interlibrary Loan

Fees and Fines
Photocopying, Printing and Scanning
Photocopying10 cents per page
Printing 250 copies free per semester 6 cents for each additional print
ScanningFree (only available to NDNU email address)
Overdue and lost materials
Circulating25 cents per day after seven-day grace period
Reserve$1.00 per day
Interlibrary LoanVaries depending on lending institutions
LostReplacement cost based on current price of item, in addition to overdue fines

Collection Development Policy
Collection development is the continuous and systematic process by which libraries select, accept, deselect, and evaluate information resources. This collection development policy articulates the overarching framework that ensures the collections of The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library provide access to knowledge and information resources that meet the curricular, research, and intellectual needs of the Notre Dame de Namur University community.

For more information, please see the Collection Development Policy.

Use of Copyright Materials
The U.S. Copyright Law grants a set of exclusive rights to copyright owners to reproduce and market their works to the public for a limited amount of time. The law also includes exemptions to rights of the copyright owner, the most important being fair use. This exemption allows for the use of copyrighted works without permission from the copyright owner(s) for research and educational purposes. Notre Dame de Namur University respects and upholds the copyright law while adhering to its commitment to fulfill the needs of teaching and scholarship within the framework of the law.

For more guidance in using copyrighted materials for teaching at the Notre Dame de Namur University, please see the Copyright and Fair Use Guide.

Access and Services for Disabled Students
Some areas of the library are not accessible to disabled students. Please ask for assistance from any staff member or librarian. Every attempt will be made to assist in securing materials from inaccessible areas. The library is equipped with one adjustable desk for computer access by students in wheelchairs. A reading device is available for vision-impaired students. Other services for disabled students are available from the Academic Success Center.
Library Etiquette

Please set your cellular phone to vibrate or silent and minimize usage in the library.

Food and beverages are permitted in the library. Having food delivered to the library is not allowed. While enjoying your food and drink, please be considerate of others and the environment by:

  • avoiding bringing in foods with odors that can be considered offensive
  • using spill-proof containers
  • disposing of trash and cleaning up before you leave
  • reporting accidental spills that require cleanup

Smoking is prohibited in the library.

Noise should be kept at a reasonable level.

Students and visitors are expected to behave courteously toward the library’s staff. Public Safety officers will be called to handle disruptive users. The library staff cannot accommodate unattended children due to safety hazards in the building. If a child is left unattended in the library, Public Safety will be called.

Access Privileges for Community Members

Community members are welcome to use the resources of the library, but are not permitted to check out library items or use the library’s online databases. They may ask the library staff for assistance and information.

NDNU alumni are considered to be part of the NDNU community and may borrow library items and access online database on-campus only. Special borrowing permits are granted to San Mateo County Educators for the San Mateo Education Research Center items. Spouses/domestic partners of NDNU faculty and staff may request a library account.

Library Location and Maps


Library on campus map

Library Floor Map

Library Floor Map

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LC call number guidelines

Books in the Gellert Library are organized according to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system, using a combination of numbers and letters in a set order. The letters at the beginning of each call number indicate subject area. The main categories in LC are:

A General Works

M Music & Books on Music

B Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

N Fine Arts

C Auxiliary Sciences of History

P Language & Literature

D History: General & Old World

Q Science

E History: America

R Medicine

F United States Local History

S Agriculture

G Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

T Technology

H Social Sciences

U Military Science

J Political Science

V Naval Science

L Education

Z Library Science

K Law


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