Service Desks

Service Desks

Reference Center Desk
1st 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.

Loan & Reserves Desk
1st Floor, Library North. (323) 343-3988 (Loan); (323) 343-4993 (Reserves)

At the Loan 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.

    Fall Quarter 2000, the Library Loan Desk added a new online service: it now sends circulation notices by e-mail.

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 Loan Desk.

Mullins Music & Media Center
3rd Floor, Library North. (323) 343-4092

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.

Periodicals Desk
A-Level, Library North. (323) 343-4987


  • All standard library hours
  • Extended hours (during final exam periods) do not apply to the periodicals section of the library

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.