Library Services- By Service Name

Library Services - By Service Name

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Reference Center
Floor, Library North. (323) 343-4927, -4928, -3994

The Reference Center provides research assistance, as well as help in locating and using all Library collections and materials. The Center also refers patrons when appropriate. Librarians provide subject-specific instruction in the use of electronic and print resources, via one-on-one tutorials or course-related lectures.

Access to the Library Web is provided on workstations located in the Reference Center, and the most heavily used and current print materials are also located in this area. Requests for interlibrary loans should be submitted here.
The Reference Center is the Library's main service center, where research assistance is provided for all Library collections, including circulating books, reference books, periodicals, online databases and reference resources, Government Publications Collection, and Special Collections. For more detailed information on these last two collections, see below:
Government Publications Collection
Assistance in using this collection is provided by the Reference Center, 1st Floor, Library North. The Government Publications Collection is housed on the 2nd floor of Library Palmer Wing. There you can find U.S. and California government documents. The Library participates in the Federal Depository Library Program and the California depository library program.
Special Collections
The Library maintains a number of special collections on specific topics, such as the Perry Long Collection on Printing and Engraving, and several noteworthy manuscript collections including the papers of U.S. Congressmen Mervyn Dymally and Edward Roybal, and the Stan Kenton Collection, which includes tapes, photos, music, and papers relating to jazz. Special Collections materials do not circulate and are for in-room use only.
Mullins Music & Media Center
3rd Floor, Library North Room 3022.     (323) 343-4092
  • OPEN:
  • Monday - Thursday (10:00am - 8:00pm)
  • Friday (10:00 - 5:00 pm)
  • Saturday/Sunday (12:00 - 4:00pm)

    Extended hours (during final exam periods) do not apply to the Music & Media Center

  • The Music & Media Center houses the Cal State LA University Library'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. 
    Circulation Desk
    1st Floor, Library North. (323) 343-3988

    At the Circulation Desk you may:
    • check out books [Note: Books may also be checked out at the Exits in both buildings.]
    • register for a Library card
    • pay fines
    • place holds on materials either checked out by another patron or listed as "in process" on the OPAC
    • report books that are missing from the shelves.
    • check out materials on reserve for a specific course
    • pick up Interlibrary Loan materials that were ordered for you
    • buy materials from our Book Sale.

    The Circulation Desk now sends circulation notices by e-mail.

    1st Floor, Library North. (323) 343-3986
    Students may look up materials professors have placed on reserve by course name and number or professor name using the Reserves Page of the Library Catalog.
    Professors may place books, articles, readings and special materials assigned for specific courses on reserve. Reserve materials may be checked out only for a limited time. Inquire at the Circulation Desk.

    Interlibrary Loan
    1st Floor, Library North. (323) 343-4983
    Materials not owned by the Library are usually available from other libraries. Current students, faculty and staff of CSULA are eligible for CSULA InterLibrary Loan services. You will need your Golden Eagle One Card to pick up all requests at the Circulation desk and to make a Pharos request. Complete information about this service is available on the Interlibrary Loan pages.

    Requested materials may be picked up at the Circulation Desk. The Library will email you when requested items arrive.

    A-Level, Library North. (323) 343-4987
    • Monday - Thursday  (10am - 9pm)
      Friday  (10am - 5pm)
      Saturday (9am - 7pm)
      Sunday  (10am - 8pm)
    • Extended hours (during final exam periods) do not apply to the Periodicals Dept.
    All periodicals (journals, magazines, and newspapers) are located in this area. Assistance is provided in locating known items within the Library's print or electronic periodical holdings. There is a special section for current periodicals.

    To find articles in journals, magazines, or newspapers go to Library Databases. To determine if the Library has a periodical you need to search the Library Journals database. It lists all Library periodical holdings, both in paper copy and online. If the Library does not have a periodical you may use the Pharos Interlibrary Loan Service to request a copy. There is a link to this from the periodicals holdings results page. In many cases a copy of the article can be emailed to you as an attachment.

    Also available are:
    • microfilm & microfiche (with reader/printers)
    • Library database computer workstations
    • Library Catalog dedicated terminals
    • college catalogs

    Photocopiers, a change machine, and a copy card machine are provided for patron use. 

    Collection development and Technical Services
    B-Level, Library North. (323) 343-4884

    The collection development process is coordinated by the Collection Development Librarian working closely with the Knowledge Resources Task Force. The liaison program, in which each campus Department designates a Library Coordinator and the Library assigns each a Librarian, facilitates the collection development process. The Library also designates College-wide liaisons.

    The Technical Services Function Group ( 323-345-4898) is responsible for purchasing, or otherwise acquiring, the materials designated by Collection Development. Among its operations are ordering,  receiving, and cataloging books and media materials, placing and renewing standing orders, and processing incoming gift materials.

    For more information, see the Guide to Collection Development or follow these QUICKLINKS:

    Library Administrative Office (LAO)
    B-Level, Library North. (323) 343-3950

    The LAO houses the offices of the University Librarian and the Associate University Librarian. All administrative support services, such as fiscal services, personnel, development, and library facilities are coordinated from this office. Inquiries regarding library policies should
    be addressed to the LAO.