Welcome new students!

We look forward to working with you! 

This Library 101 page is designed to help you identify the key services and resources that will assist you during your first quarter here at Cal State LA.

The University Library isÂ…
  • An extensive collection of resources (in

  • a variety of formats) including over a million print volumes and thousands of electronic journals and more that you can access online from anywhere! 
  • A place to study, to work on a computer, get help, relax, and learn!
  • A staff of 60+ helpful library faculty, staff, & student assistants who are here to support your research needs.

    Where should you start?

    Come to the
  • Reference & Information Desk (it's the first desk you see when you walk into the entrance of Library North) for directions, answers to your questions, or to get help with your research.   Right next to the Reference & Information Desk you'll see the Circulation Desk (look for the blue wall) where you can check out books and access materials your professor has put on reserve for your class.

    NIS login is now required to use Library Computers
    When you walk into the south entrance (The Palmer Wing), you'll see the ITS Help Desk.  This is where you can get a printout with your NIS Account information.  You will use this "user name and password" to login to the computers in the Library and campus computer labs.  You'll also use your NIS login to access library resources from home.

    Finding your way around

    You can get a good overview of how the Library is organized by looking at our Floor Plan Maps.  Like most university libraries, the books in the Cal State LA Library are organized using the Library of Congress call number system. 

    Need help finding things in the Library?  Click Here

    Want to take a quick "virtual tour" of the Library?  Click Here

    Exploring our resources

    The Library has almost everything you'll need for an outstanding academic experience:

      Search our
    library catalog for books, media, & more

    Use our article databases page to find articles in journals, magazines, & newspapers

    Use a
    library computer OR bring your laptop and go wireless in the Library
    & other spots on campus
    Learning how to do research

    Here is an
    online guide to doing research that contains lots of good information to help you with your research and writing papers.  

    Welcome to Cal State LA & have a great first year!