Library Student Support Services

Student Support Services

Borrowing Privileges
Continuing CSULA undergraduate students may borrow most books for 28 calendar days from the date the books are checked out. There is a maximum of 30 books at any given time.

Graduate students may check out books for the entire quarter, with books due the first day of the next quarter. There is a maximum of 60 books at any given time.

Books may be renewed in person at the Loan Desk, First Floor, Library North, or books may be renewed online. Renewals are for an additional 28 calendar days for undergraduates, and an additional quarter for graduates. Books may be renewed a total of two times.

Books are subject to recall fourteen days after checkout. Books must be returned within seven days if recalled for another user. All students are expected to honor the shorter loan periods specified for some books, such as those on reserve that contain assigned readings.

Periodical issues and bound volumes do not circulate.

Students may arrange for direct borrowing privileges at any other CSU library. In addition, USC (fee required), UCLA (fee required) and Pepperdine University libraries grant borrowing privileges to CSULA students. All students are required to honor the loan policies of the lending institutions. More information on this may be found on our Partner Libraries page.

Reserves
Reserves makes assigned course readings available to students for short loan periods (1 hour, 1 day, 2 days, or 7 days). Materials on reserve may include: CSULA regular circulating books; faculty personal copies of books and other course-related material; selected government publications; and copies of articles photocopied in adherence to the United States Copyright Law.

Starting Winter Quarter 2004, the Library introduces a new service: Electronic Reserves! Most Articles and book chapters are available online, so you can access them 24 hours a day / 7 days a week!

When you get to the Library Catalog - Reserves page, look up the reserve material using either the course ID (e.g., BIOL 155), or the professor's last name. If any reserve material is available in electronic format, you will see a link that connects you to the electronic reserve material.

IMPORTANT: In order to access any item on electronic reserves, the professor must first give you a unique password for that course. Remember to get the password from the professor before you leave the class.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Materials not owned by the Library are usually available from other libraries. Current students of CSULA are eligible for CSULA InterLibrary Loan services. You will need your Golden Eagle One Card to pick up all requests at the Loan Desk and to make a Pharos request.

You may make requests in two ways:

  • Use the "All CSU Libraries" search button on the CSU Catalog to request:
    a) Books, theses, scores, newspapers, and microforms
    b) Articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers

    Your requests will be processed immediately by our new AUTOMATED Interlibrary Loan system connected to the CSU Catalog.

    OR

  • If you have trouble using the new system, try using our old forms (processing may take longer).

Electronic materials can be viewed online and print materials may be picked up at the Loan Desk. It usually takes an average of 3 to 10 working days to fulfill Interlibrary Loan requests.

After submitting your Interlibrary Loan requests, you can check your request status by using the Interlibrary Loan Status page. To see the status of your ILL items, you will need the barcode number from the back of your Golden Eagle One Card. Enter that along with your last name.

Print materials borrowed by the Library on behalf of students via Interlibrary Loan must be returned to the Loan Desk by the due date. Materials that are provided to students in the form of photocopies do not need to be returned.

Music & Media Collection
3rd Floor, Library North, Room 3022, (323) 343-4092


Monday - Thursday      10:00am - 8:00pm

Friday                 10:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday               12:00pm - 4:00pm

Sunday                 12:00pm - 4:00pm


The Music & Media Center houses the CSULA's collection of non-print (audio & visual) materials.  The media collections include:  sound recordings (CDs and L.P. Records); video recordings (VHS videocassette and DVD); multimedia CD-ROMs; and music scores.  Audio-visual equipment is available in the Music and Media Center for all formats.  For additional information, visit the Music & Media Center website.

Photocopying
Copiers are located on most floors of the Library. Exact locations are shown on Library floor plans. Change and copy card vending machines are located on the A Level and 1st Floor, Library North.

Reference Services
Reference librarians are available at the Reference Center, First Floor, Library North, during the following hours (subject to change during breaks and Summer Quarter):


Monday - Thursday         9:00 am -  9:00 pm

Friday                    9:00 am -  5:00 pm

Saturday                  10:00 am -  6:00 pm

Sunday                    10:00 am -  8:00 pm

College Services and Department Liaison Librarians are also available by appointment for consultation regarding class assignments and general reference and referral.

Online Database Searching
The Library subscribes to more than 130 databases and systems available for online searching by students. Many of these systems have licensing agreements which restrict their use to currently enrolled students. Most databases are available in the Library and in the campus computer labs. Most databases may be searched remotely from home through the campus network.

Graduate Cubicles
Applications for use of graduate study cubicles may be picked up at the Loan Desk, 1st floor, Library North. Cubicles are assigned to graduate students, who meet the criteria for Library cubicles, based on the purpose of the request provided by the student and the evaluation statement provided by the Department/Division Graduate Advisement Coordinator on the Application for Library Cubicle. Assignments are made quarterly for up to three quarters based on availability.

Group Study Rooms
Students studying in groups (minimum of 2 or 3 depending on room) may use the group study rooms located on the following floors of Library North and Library Palmer Wing: 2nd-North, 3rd-North, 2nd-Palmer, and 4th-Palmer. These rooms are open and unassigned for the quarter except for the 10th and Finals weeks, when reservations are required. During these two weeks the rooms are reserved in two-hour blocks. Reservations may be made at the Loan Desk, 1st Floor, Library North. See Use of Group Study Rooms for complete conditions of use.

Lockers
Applications for lockers located in the outer lobby of Library North may be made in the Associated Students, Inc. Service Center in the Student Union, First Floor.