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Pacific’s library offers much more than books

We are really focused on providing what 21st century students are looking for,” said Niraj Chaudhary, dean of the William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center.

Did you know you can take advantage of countless exclusive resources as a Pacific student? We shared some of these “Perks of Pacific” in an earlier blog post, but there’s even more to benefit from when you explore everything our revamped, innovative library has to offer.

“We are really focused on providing what 21st century students are looking for,” said Niraj Chaudhary, dean of the William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center. “The way students learn is changing, so we’re trying to be nimble and provide what you need to succeed.”

Here’s how you can make the most of Pacific’s comprehensive library services.

Create innovative projects with digital tools

Student tries out virtual reality headset at the Cube.

The Cube, located on the first floor of the library, is one of the coolest places on campus. This technology-rich, collaborative space brings the students, faculty and staff from all different disciplines together to incorporate digital tools into their research, teaching and learning.

With high-tech equipment and guidance from experienced Cube staff members, there are almost unlimited possibilities to what you can create at the Cube. Here is a preview of some the tools you can use at the Cube to bring your next project to life:

  • 3D printers, scanners and design software
  • Data visualization tools
  • High-quality 4k and 360 cameras and drones
  • Microphones and other audio recording equipment
  • Sewing machines and supplies
  • Virtual and augmented reality software and tools
  • Vinyl and sticker printing

Check out some recent projects created at the Cube.

Receive free tutoring and academic support

If you’re struggling in any of your classes or just want some extra academic support, the Student Academic Support Services Hub has your back. These services are completely free and unlimited for all current Pacific students. These robust resources include:

  • Research consultations – Get support from an academic support librarian through each step of your research process, from choosing a topic to navigating web resources to managing and citing your sources. You can contact a librarian.
  • General Academic Tutoring Center – Also known on campus as the GATC, this free service is open to all undergraduate students on the Stockton campus and offers tutoring across subject areas. GATC tutors are Pacific students who have excelled in their courses and have been recommended by a faculty member, so you’ll be in good hands! You can schedule a tutoring appointment.
  • Math and Bio Hub – For tutoring specifically in lower-division math and biology courses, you can drop-in for an appointment at the Math and Bio Hub. See the current schedule.
  • Writing Center – The Writing Center is an inviting, non-judgemental space where you can access support at each stage of the writing process for assignments in any discipline. You make an in-person tutoring appointment with a skilled peer mentor on both the Stockton or Sacramento campuses, or a virtual appointment on any Pacific campus. Schedule a writing tutoring appointment
Pacific student meets with librarian Veronica Wells during a consultation session in the library.

Stop by the print shop

There’s no need to buy your own printer to bring to campus — once again, the library has you covered. You can find the Printing Station in what we call the “Library’s Living Room” on the first floor’s east wall. The Printing Station has everything you need to get your assignments ready to turn in, including:

  • Two color printers and two black/white printers
  • Staplers, paper cutter, tape and scratch paper
  • USB printing
  • Copy via color printers
  • Scan to PDF or email via color printers for free

Learn more about using the Printing Station.

Visit Community Spaces on the second floor

The Rainbow Reading Resource and Study Room features a leisure reading collection of LGBTQ+ award-winning literature.

The Multi-Faith Meditation and Prayer Area provides a quiet space for campus community members of all faiths to pray, reflect, and meditate. In addition, there is an ablution station nearby.

Book a private study space

Students working together in a large study room on the first floor of the library.

Need a quiet place to study for your next exam or somewhere to meet up to work on a group project? The Stockton Campus Library offers 22 study rooms of various sizes that are available for any current student to reserve.

You can book a room using your student credentials.  

By Pacificans, for Pacificans

Scholarly Commons is Pacific’s institutional repository, which contains both published and unpublished works by the Pacific community, including journal articles, books, book chapters, theses, dissertations, reports, conference proceedings, Open Educational Resources, data sets, university publications, digital and multimedia collections.

Learn more about Scholarly Commons

Learn about the past

The Holt-Atherton Special Collections & Archives offers unique, one-of a-kind primary sources that focus on Western Americana, California, and Pacific’s history.

Learn more about Special Collections

Mike Wurtz, head of special collections, teaches students about documents in the library’s archives.

Explore the Museum

The Muir Experience introduces the archives of John Muir that are preserved and made available for research at the University of the Pacific. The materials are presented to inspire visitors to examine his writing and consider the full context of when, where, and why he made his observations.

Learn more about the Muir Experience

Access over a million books and other materials

And of course, the library has books (and articles, documents videos, music and so much more)! These resources can all be found using PacificScholar, the library’s search interface. Course reservations offer some select textbooks for checkout to students. In addition to the large collection of items we have on site, you can also use the Interlibrary Loan system to access materials from other libraries for free.

Learn more about borrowing.

If you have any questions about accessing services at the library, contact You can also follow the library on Instagram @pacificlibraries.

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