Skip to Local Navigation
Skip to Content
California State University, Long Beach


University Library


The University Library at California State University, Long Beach was established to provide direct support for the educational mission of the university through selecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating recorded knowledge in all its formats and manifestations.

The organization also provides the human, print, and digital resources necessary for the campus community to locate, retrieve, and evaluate information effectively. The Library maintains collections that promote free inquiry and intellectual development, provides instruction in the information gathering and evaluation process, and thus has a lasting and beneficial impact on the lives of CSULB students.

Facts about the library

  • The library contains substantial collections of books, journals, government documents, audio and visual media, and other physical materials, all accessible using its online catalog, COAST.
  • The library's Special Collections Department contains rare, significant, or unusual books, manuscripts, correspondence, art prints, and photographic prints.
  • In addition to the library's own million-volume collections, an additional 7 million unique titles are made available to the campus community through the LINK+ consortium,
  • Articles in thousands of academic journals can be quickly searched and delivered to any web-enabled computer through the library web site.
  • The staff and faculty who work at the library's service desks are dedicated, helpful information professionals.
  • The Spidell Techology Center is the largest, best equipped student computing facility at CSULB.
  • A broad variety of instruction, from workshops and class presentations to individual consultations with a subject specialist librarian is designed to enable students to understand and apply the principles of information literacy.
  • A broad range of adaptive devices, software, and facilities make the library a hospitable environment for students with special needs.