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Library Changes for Faculty in 2017-18

The University Library welcomes you to the 2017-18 academic year with new services, upgraded spaces, and good news!


24/5 Zone

Thanks to full funding support from a successful ASI student fee increase referendum in Spring of 2017, the University Library is now open 24-hours a day, five nights a week during Fall and Spring semesters. The 2nd floor of Kellogg becomes a “24/5 Zone” Sunday-Thursday between midnight and 6am, and will be open to students, faculty, and staff with a valid CSUSM ID. The 24/ Zone features renovated seating areas, group study rooms, computer labs, printing, course reserves, staff help, and other Library services and resources.



We have adopted a new “CSU First” motto! You now have the ability to search the library collections at every CSU campus through the new OneSearch discovery and CSU+ options on the Library’s website (make sure to log in to see all available request options). We will notify you by email when your items are ready for pickup, which will typically be 2-5 business takes after you place a request. The fine print: Loans last between 30-60 days with no renewals, and any items overdue by 14 days will be billed $90.


Longer loan periods

CSUSM employees may now borrow CSUSM books for 365 days and media materials for 30 days with 1 renewal each. For more information on replacement fees and loan periods visit our borrowing policy page.


Revolutionary Grain: Celebrating the Spirit of the Black Panthers in Portraits and Stories

The fall exhibit is on display in the library as the latest installment of the Context: Library Series. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Black Student Center will be hosting a panel discussion on September 20 with photographer Suzun Lucia Lamaina and several Black Panthers on the history and legacy of the movement. RSVP at bit.ly/RevGrain


Common Read

This year’s Common Read, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, is a moving meditation on the author’s attempt to situate himself within our current fraught racial climate. Stop by the Circulation Desk to check out a copy of the book. Also make sure to reserve your tickets to the sure-to-sell-out Arts & Lectures event on November 29 at 6 pm -- Black Lives Matter: An Evening with Co-founder Alicia Garza.


Website Redesign

This summer, we redesigned the Library website to improve the user experience and accessibility. This redesign was based on careful analysis of assessment data gathered from students, faculty, and staff through surveys, focus groups, and usability testing conducted during the Fall 2016 semester.

Highlights include

  • New visual design to make the things you use the most easier to find
  • A way to search the pages in the Library website
  • A faculty-specific dashboard where you’ll find links to your FAQs
  • A new mobile-friendly website


Course support through Reserves

We welcome and encourage faculty to place textbooks and other course support materials on Reserve. New online forms for placing materials on reserve are available as follows:

Media Reserves Form

Physical Course Reserves Form

Electronic Course Reserves Form

You can submit forms online and then drop off materials in the Library -- media go to the 2nd Floor Media Library Desk and non-media go to the 3rd floor Circulation Desk. For more information please visit the reserves page on the library website.