Do I need a library card?
A CSULB ID serves as your library card. CCPE (or your department) will send or mail you an ID card (with the logo in place of your picture). You need the card itself to borrow books from other CSU libraries. You also need a Library Password to use most of CSULB Library's online resources. If you do not have a CSULB ID, the Library can issue a card if you are listed on the Distance Learning roster (provided by your instructor or department to the library).
At most other CSU libraries, you can use the databases they purchase for their students, some of which will be the same as those available through CSULB. Some databases are available at community colleges and at public libraries.
If the CSULB Library owns the book you need, we can send it to you. Exceptions are materials that do not circulate, such as reference books, material from Special Collections, media, and reserve materials. Complete the appropriate BeachReach Interlibrary loan form to request a book. Distance learners need to indicate their status every time they make a request by answering YES to the question on each form "Are you are distance learner?" Books will be mailed free of charge; however you must pay return postage. If you need a book not owned by CSULB, it may be faster to request it through your nearest public library or CSU library.
Use the free CSULB Library BeachReach interlibrary loan service. You will not have to return the article. Distance learners need to indicate their status every time they make a BeachReach request by noting answering YES to the question on each form "Are you are distance learner?"
With your current ID card, you have borrowing privileges at over 20 other California State University libraries. See Agreement on Library Support for CSU Distance Learning Courses.
Connect to the College of Continuing and Professional Education or phone them at (800) 963-2250.
How can my Distance Education students get access to the library? (Rosters)
At the beginning of each term, the instructor must send the CSULB Library a current roster of students enrolled. Without these rosters we cannot provide service to distance students. The rosters must include for each student: name, address, ID number, telephone number, e-mail address, and host library. Send rosters to Vicky Munda (by email) or by fax at (562) 985-1703, attention Library Circulation. Please allow at least 48 hours Monday-Friday for the rosters to be input into the Library's user database. If you have questions, please contact Vicky Munda at (562) 985-5567.
Distance learners should request materials (books, articles, conference proceedings, etc.) not available at CSULB using ILLiad Interlibrary Services, with these cautions: