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: 5/27/2020
Beginning 3/18/20, the University Library has closed to public access. The Toro Computer Lab (G-149) is closed as of 3/30/20. For further information on Information Technology's Laptop Loan program, including alternative arrangements for pick-up, 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.
As our building is closed, there is currently no access available to our physical collections in the main stacks, course reserves, or items in storage.
There are many ways to conduct research and receive assistance online! Virtual services through the Research Help Desk are available Monday through Thursday from 8am to 9pm, Fridays from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-4pm over chat, email, and Zoom, a free web conferencing tool with video, audio, and screen sharing.
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.
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 our spreadsheet with alternative access through our ebook collections.
All CSUDH items due back between 3/1/2020 and 8/30/2020 are now extended until August 31st, 2020. Due dates as listed in your library account should reflect this due date. No fines and fees are accruing on your items. Bookdrops are open for a limited time only between May 22nd and June 19th, 2020 for you to return borrowed materials. The Library building remains closed at this time to public access. 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 email@example.com.
All Interlibrary Loan items due back after 3/1/2020 are now extended until further notice, and all CSU+ items due back after 3/1/2020 are extended until August 31st, 2020. If you have a CSU+ or ILL item in your possession, please hold on to it, even if the due date has passed. We are working with the lending libraries to renew these items on your behalf. If you feel that you must return your items, please use the CSUDH bookdrops, which are available until June 19th, 2020.
Interlibrary Loan is available for new requests for electronic materials only. As our building is closed and staff are not in the building, ILL requests for physical books and CSU+ items are currently unavailable. Unfortunately, we do not currently have a timeline for when these services will be reinstated.
If you need a physical item but would like to try to get it in electronic format, sign into your ILL account and submit a request for ILL to search for an e-book copy or for specific chapters from the item that you need. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign in to your Interlibrary Loan account to view your active requests.
Questions about the Gerth Archives & Special Collections can be addressed to email@example.com. 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.
Need online access to your textbook? Check our spreadsheet of physical course reserve textbooks to see if online access is available from OneSearch. RedShelf and VitalSource are no longer providing complimentary access. If you choose to obtain a rental copy of an electronic textbook from RedShelf or VitalSource, you will be charged a rental fee.
Due to increased online instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many publishers and content providers have temporarily expanded access to online resources free of charge. Check our guide Expanded Access to Online Resources Due to COVID-19 to take advantage of these high quality instructional materials. Please note that as we move into the summer session, some of this expanded access will expire.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), to schedule an online instruction session or discuss online learning alternatives.
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. At this time, our scanning service for physical course reserve items is suspended. All submissions received prior to 4/2/2020 have been processed. Check our spreadsheet of physical course reserve items to see if your course textbook is available via OneSearch. RedShelf and VitalSource have ended complimentary access. Please contact our Course Reserves department at email@example.com with your questions.
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 the Open Education Librarian, Cristina Springfield (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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 (email@example.com), if you need additional assistance.
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: