The Library provides access to over 230 subscription databases, approximately 60,000 journals, 300,000 eBooks, 700,000 print volumes, over 1 million digitized dissertations and theses, as well as special collections covering all subject disciplines to support teaching, learning, research, creative activities, community engagement, and career development.
Books & eBooks
The Library has close 700,000 print books for circulation. These books are shelved in Library of Congress call number order as shown below.
|A - H||North 2||Books that are OVERSIZED (too tall or wide) are shelved separately on special bookshelf ranges located AT THE END of regular call number ranges. There are oversized ranges ON EVERY FLOOR .|
|J - QE||North 3|
|QH - Z||South 3|
To learn more about the Library of Congress Classification system, visit the Library of Congress Classification outline.
The Library has approximately 300,000 eBooks for online access. You can access these eBooks by doing a search on your topic using OneSearch from the Library homepage.
The Library’s electronic resources include scholarly/peer-reviewed reviewed journal articles, ebooks, primary sources, streaming media, data and statistic resources, and reference sources covering all subject disciplines offered at Cal State LA. You can locate articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers, and ebooks using OneSearch or selecting the Databases page from the library web homepage and search individual databases directly. To search for primary sources, streaming media, data and statistic resources, and reference sources, go directly to the Databases page and select appropriate database(s) to conduct your searches.
Digital Repository Collections
Online collections in the Digital Repository include Faculty Publications, Special Collections & Archives material, and student Theses & Dissertations.
Children's Books (aka: The Juvenile collection)
The Library maintains a small collection of juvenile books for children and young adults. This collection is located on the 3rd floor of Library South. These books are classified in the Dewey Decimal Classification System. You can search for Children's Books by using OneSearch and typing the name of the title or author. On the left side of the search results page, select Location = Children's Books.
The Library's microforms are housed behind the Service Desk on the 1st floor of Library North. To use items from this collection request them at the Service Desk.
Music & Media
The Library has a collection of DVDs and audio CDs (located at the Service Desk, Library North, 1st floor) as well as a growing number of online media resources (streaming video and audio collections). For more information, visit the Music & Media page.
Many of our reference sources (encyclopedias, dictionaries, statistics, etc.) are available online. For more information, visit the Reference Sources page. For reference material online, visit the Databases page, and select “Reference” under Database Types.
Special Collections & Archives
A number of unique/rare collections as well as Cal State LA archival material is housed here on site in Special Collections and Archives, located on the second floor of Library South. For more information, visit the Special Collections & Archives page.
Theses & Dissertations Collection
The Library maintains copies of print Masters theses (in our Special Collections & Archives department) written by Cal State LA Graduates up to the year 2011. Beginning in the Fall of 2011, all master's degree theses, projects, and doctoral dissertations are submitted electronically and available online in the University Library Digital Repository.
How to Recommend New Titles for the Library to Acquire
Anyone in the Cal State LA community can recommend that a new book is purchased by the Library. Although the Library reserves the right to make all decisions on what to purchase, it will try to fulfill as many appropriate requests as possible, budget permitting. Requested books should be academic in nature, support the curriculum, and be reasonably priced. Popular or highly specialized titles are of lower priority. Priority will always be given to curricular needs over other pursuits. Use this Online Form to submit your recommendation(s).
Guide to Collection Development
Collection Development is the function that selects the books, periodicals, and electronic resources to be made available to Library users and the campus community.
In its Collection Development activities, the Library respects the principles of intellectual freedom espoused in two American Library Association documents, the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement.
The responsibility for developing the Library's information and resources is divided among the Library faculty based on subject knowledge and experience. Department Library Coordinators are named from among the faculty in the Colleges to serve as liaisons for their Departments with the Library Faculty Liaisons. Working together, they strive to provide information resources which meet the needs of the campus community.
The Library faculty have developed a set of Collection Development Guidelines which define the levels and scope of collection development for all Cal State LA disciplines.
Faculty who have questions or comments about the Library's Collection Development activities should consult the appropriate individuals on the list of College, Departmental, & Program Library Faculty Liaisons.
Gifts of Books
Gifts of books or other materials can enhance the Library’s impressive collections. Books must align with current Cal State LA curriculum. Learn more about donating books or other materials for our collections.