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Library Capital Fund Enhancement Campaign

2005-2008

Computer technology and the Internet have transformed the Library from an organized information warehouse into an organized information dissemination center. CSUDH students and faculty now have access to information anywhere. The Library has also become a place where students can not only do their library research, but surf the Internet, write term papers, check homework assignments, read/send emails, socialize, relax, etc. The Library has well-trained and eager librarians and staff available to help and teach users.

The library's entrance
The Library has well-trained and eager librarians and staff available to help and teach users.


The Online Catalog has replaced the Card Catalog. Students can use the online catalog to search for books not online in the CSUDH library, but can also find books in other Southern California libraries. Students can also search for and read electronic journals and books, even if they are not on campus.


A student searching for books at CSUDH using an OPAC
A student searching the Online Catalog for books.


The Library currently provides access to more than 85 article databases which cover a wide variety of subject areas. These article databases are used to search and identify articles. The Library also subscribes to over 26,000 electronic journal/magazine titles and 1,000 print/microform journals/magazines.


A librarian helps a student with the databases
A librarian showing a student how to find and print electronic full-text journal articles on her topic.


Online Reference databases and electronic books are available along with print reference books. Users can choose either print reference books or electronic reference books/databases to find specific answers.


A student approaches a reference librarian for help with the online reference items
A student appoaches a Reference Librarian for help in using the Reference Collection.


The library maintains a reserve desk for use by professors who wish to make library materials available to entire classes. In the near future, the Library will convert print reserve materials into electronic format. Electronic Reserves will allow users to read materials online from anywhere.


Circulation Desk staff assist a student checking out books and reserve reading materials.
Circulation Desk staff assist a student checking out books and reserve reading materials.


The Library is making every effort to remedy budget shortages by offering several service options to help users identify and locate books and articles from other libraries. The Library also loans books and articles to other libraries.
The Interlibrary Loan service options available are:

  • LINK+
  • All CSUDH Catalogs
  • Book Request
  • Article Request


ILL Staff
Interlibrary Loan staff at work.


The Archives & Special Collection Department houses the University's history files, including the CSU Historical Archives, Rancho Dominguez family companies, etc. The Department houses an enormous wealth of primary research materials as well as several thousand rare books.

The Archives has recently been awarded a grant from the National Archives to catalog the historical Dominguez Family records.


the archivist shows the archives to students
The archivist showing students the archives.


The library now has wireless access on all floors. Students can check out a laptop from the laptop loan program, or they can bring their own.


Students using laptops in the library
Students using laptops to access wireless in the Library.


The Internet Cafe allows students to surf the Internet, listen to music, check emails, play computer games, do homework assignments, type research papers, etc.


students using the Internet Cafe
Students using the Internet Cafe.