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Online Support and Services at the Library

by CSUDH Library on 2020-03-13T15:35:00-07:00 | Comments

University Library COVID-19 Updates and Online Support

This post contains information related to the University Library's current operations and response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including updates to operations, access to remote services, and other helpful links.

Last updated:  7/20/2021

Fall Hours

The University Library will open to the public on Monday, August 9th 2021 and hours will change throughout the semester. 

Effective Dates Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
August 09 - August 22  10 AM - 4 PM 10 AM - 4 PM Closed Closed
August 23 - October 01 8 AM - 7 PM 8 AM - 5 PM Closed Closed
October 04 - December 03 8 AM - 9 PM 8 AM - 5 PM 10 AM - 4 PM 12 PM - 5 PM

Library Spaces

For information on Information Technology's Laptop Loan program, including appointment scheduling for device pick-up and return, please visit their website.

Any future changes to library building and service hours will be announced on this page and updated on our library hours page.

Services for Physical Materials

24/7 Library Lockers are available. Sign into OneSearch with your CSUDH username and password to enable request options for CSUDH and CSU+ materials. For more details on the 24/7 Library Lockers service and how to request materials, please visit our Library Lockers website.

For questions, please call Library User Services at 310-243-3712 or email

Online Research Help

There are many ways to conduct research and receive assistance online! Virtual services through the Research Help Desk are available with CSUDH librarians Monday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Fridays from 10am to 4pm with 24/7 chat outside these hours from librarians at other CSU and university campuses. Support by email and Zoom, a free web conferencing tool with video, audio, and screen sharing, is also available.

Not sure how to request an online appointment or use Zoom? See our FAQ on how to schedule an online research appointment and the Academic Technology documentation on Zoom

Library Materials Online

You can browse library collections in OneSearch and our Article Databases at any time. Take our OneSearch tutorial to learn more. 

You can also sign in to your library account in OneSearch to save search results and view your current library loans. Sign in to your Interlibrary Loan account to view your active requests for electronic materials. 

Looking for your textbook that was on course reserve? Check to see if online access is available from OneSearch. As well, make select course material available online via Library Course Materials.

Bookdrops Open & Extended Due Dates for Borrowed Materials

Extensions are no longer in effect for borrowed materials. Due dates as listed in your library account reflect the correct due date. No fines and fees are accruing on your items if the loans have been extended. If you are able, please return any items that you are no longer using via our bookdrops (details below).

If your library account expired on or before May 25th, 2021, or if you graduated in the last 18 months, your books are due back at this time. Bookdrops are open for you to return borrowed materials. If you cannot make it to campus but need to return items, or if you have any other questions about borrowing or returning library materials, email Library User Services at, or call (310) 243-3712 between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Interlibrary Loan & CSU+ Services

Extensions are no longer in effect for borrowed materials.  If your library account expired on or before May 25th, 2021, or if you graduated in the last 18 months, your books are due back at this time. Please use the CSUDH bookdrops to return any items that are due or that you no longer need.

CSU+ services are available. Please be aware that there is a 1-2 week period between when you place your request and when the item is available for you due to our COVID-19 quarantine protocol for health and safety. 

Interlibrary Loan is available for requests for physical items. We are still receiving and filling requests for electronic items. If you need an electronic item that is not owned by CSUDH, sign into your ILL account and submit a request for Interlibrary Loan. You can also fill out our Suggest a Library Purchase form for evaluation by our selectors. If you have other questions about how to use ILL or how to return ILL items, visit our FAQs or email the ILL Department at You can also sign in to your Interlibrary Loan account to view your active requests. Please be aware that there is a 1-2 week period between when you place your request and when the item is available for you due to our COVID-19 quarantine protocol for health and safety.

Archives & Special Collections

Questions about the Gerth Archives & Special Collections can be addressed to Due to limited access to our collections, we will be able to answer reference questions only on a limited basis. Be sure to check our digital collections and or our finding aids on the Online Archive of California.

The Gerth Archives & Special Collections at CSUDH is inviting Southern Los Angeles County and Toro Nation community members to contribute materials that document your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to help preserve our community’s stories for future generations during this unprecedented time. Some suggestions include images, short videos, emails, social media posts, or diaries/journals.

Textbooks & Free Resources

Need online access to your textbook? Check to see if online access is available from OneSearch. As well, make select course material available online via Library Course Materials.

Would you rather listen to your course readings or research materials? The CSUDH University Library, in partnership with the Division of Information Technology, also offers text to speech conversion through SensusAccess.

Faculty Resources for Instruction 

Librarians can teach information literacy instruction sessions online using Zoom, recommend relevant research guides and tutorials, and design online instructional materials to support research assignments. Contact your academic college liaison or the Information Literacy Coordinator, Carolyn Caffrey Gardner (, to schedule an online instruction session or discuss online learning options.  

Faculty Resources for Course Materials

The library can also help instructors add library-licensed course materials in Blackboard such as links to ebooks, streaming videos, and other affordable learning solutions

The library also provides e-reserves for library materials and course materials provided by instructors. Check to see if your course textbook is available as an ebook via OneSearch. As well, make select course material available online via Library Course Materials.For more help, you can email our Course Reserves Specialist Chris Acosta (, Robert Downs ( or the Course Reserves department at

You might also consider finding and using resources and tools that will continue to be free and openly available to you and your students after the crisis is over. Check out the library's OER research guide ​for information on where to look, or contact your liaison librarian.

Need additional online materials to support your course? Fill out our suggest a purchase form and we will contact you with the availability of the item and order it if possible. 

Faculty Resources for Copyright

The rapid transition to remote teaching may require you to modify the amount and delivery of copyrighted content you provide via Blackboard. Copyright specialists from the US and Canada have drafted a public statement on fair use and emergency remote teaching & research to help clarify how to evaluate fair use during this period. The University Library also has updated our Copyright research guide with additional useful information. Please contact Digital Initiatives Librarian, Dana Ospina (, if you need additional assistance.

System-Wide Library Services

The 23 California State University (CSU) Libraries are providing expanded support for our students and faculty as we move to a virtual instruction environment. While some steps are purely local, two critical measures result from a system-wide collaboration:

  1. provision of a rich array of expanded, full-text databases and
  2. an extension of library circulation due dates for library materials and dismissal of library fines for continuing students, faculty, staff, and community users.
  3. courtesy returns of any print and media materials checked out from any CSU campus at any open bookdrops on a CSU campus. Please note that courtesy returns will take significant time to be received and processed while staffing is limited.

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