Our collections include a wide variety of items and all of them are included in OneSearch. See the Onesearch User’s Guide for searching instructions.
Music and spoken word CDs are kept in the Library Multimedia Center, PL-5005 and may be checked out there.
Formats include audio CDs, audiocassettes, and Playaway digital audio players. All of them are kept behind the Check-Out Desk. Audiocassette players and headphones may be checked out at the Check-Out Desk or the Library Multimedia Center, PL-5005.
Blu-ray, DVD, and VHS format videos are kept behind the Check-Out Desk. DVD and VHS players are available in the Library Multimedia Center, PL-5005, and just outside 5005 for when the media center is closed.
Journals, Magazines, & Newspapers
IN PRINT: Most are shelved in the Periodicals section on the 3rd floor, in alphabetical order by title; they have no call numbers. A few selected titles are shelved in the Featured Magazines area, 1st floor. The most current issue is in a plastic cover; for additional recent issues, lift the current issue shelf to access the storage compartment.
ONLINE: We have many more journals, magazines, and newspapers online than we have in print; check the Journals List for specific titles.
The Juvenile Collection on the 5th floor includes more than 20,000 fiction and non-fiction books appropriate for children of all ages, up to and including high school. The collection includes numerous award-winning books.
The Curriculum Collection, on the 5th floor, is made up of different sets of materials:
- Materials adopted by the State of California as textbooks for grades K-12 within the last 40 years.
- Materials that were not adopted, but designated as supplementary to the K-12 curriculum.
- Workbooks that provide teachers with material to augment student learning.
Theses & Dissertations
The library has copies of the master's projects, master's theses, and doctoral dissertations written by CSUSB students as part of their degree programs. Circulating copies are kept in the 3rd floor Thesis Room, PL-309.
Since 2014, CSUSB theses and projects have been published solely online. View these in CSUSB ScholarWorks: Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations.
Earlier CSUSB theses and projects are gradually being digitized and can be searched in CSUSB ScholarWorks: Thesis Digitization Project.
To conduct a comprehensive search of theses and dissertations in the humanities and social sciences worldwide, use the library database Dissertations & Theses: Humanities & Social Sciences.
Microforms are miniature photos of printed materials that may take the form of microfiche (rectangular sheets of film) or microfilm (rolls of 35mm film). They are kept in large metal cabinets on the 4th floor, behind the elevators, along with the machines that allow you to view, save, email, or print to the 1st floor printers.
IN PRINT: Reference materials, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, or indexes, are located on the 1st floor of the library, near the Reference Desk. These books cannot leave the library.
ONLINE: Additional reference resources are available online.