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CSULB Library Building

CSULB Library Building graphic

Navigating your way around the University Library and making use of the various services and resources that are available is half the battle. The Library is a six-floor structure and is one of the largest buildings on campus.

|| Lower Level || First floor || Second floor || Third floor || Fourth floor || Fifth floor ||

CSULB Library Floor by Floor : Lower Level

Lower Level Map

Current Periodicals : This is where you will find the latest issues of journals, magazines, and newspapers. Newspapers are organized by title, but journals and magazines are shelved by call number.

Disabled Students Study Room: Room 9.

Map Collections: General maps as well as topographic, road, subject-oriented, and geologic maps can be found in the Map Collections area. Many maps are not in COAST, but all are available for checking out.

Media: Media materials (videos, DVDs, cassettes, CDs, etc.) and the equipment needed to view them or listen to them are in this area.

Microforms: Microfilm, microfiche, and microcards are all called microforms.

Microform Reader/Printers: Need a copy of the New York Times from 1851, but it's on microfilm? No problem. You can read and make copies of microforms (for a fee) with a reader/printer located in this area.

Reserve Services: Your instructors may place additional course materials on Reserve for the exclusive use by your class. You can find out what is on reserve for your class through Reserves.

Storage: Storage is not open to the public.  Federal and California government documents, and less frequently used library materials, are kept here and listed in COAST with the location as STORAGE. If you need materials that are housed in Storage, please inquire at the Lower Level Service Desk.

CSULB Library Floor by Floor : 1st Floor

1st Floor Map

Best Sellers: Are available for check out.

Circulation Desk: Check out books here.  Get help with your Library Password.  It is also the Library's Lost and Found.  Come here to pick up materials that you requested through BeachReach Interlibrary Services.Pick up your LINK+ requests here too.

Librarians at the Reference Desk: This is a great place to start your research. Librarians will assist you in determining research strategies for your project or paper and will assist you in selecting and using the Library resources.

Reference Collection: This collection of printed resources includes such things as encyclopedias, indexes, dictionaries, and almanacs. These resources often provide concise information, facts, or statistics that would be difficult to locate elsewhere.  Reference books cannot be checked out.

Spidell Technology Center: Computers in this area provide access to specific electronic resources such as COAST (discussed in Section 2,  Reading 1) and the research databases (discussed in Section 2, Reading 2), as well as productivity software (such as Microsoft Office).  There is currently a printing fee of 10 cents per page from these computers.

Spidell Classroom: This is a bibliographic instruction center located adjacent to the Reference Collection, has 25 workstations with flat panel color LCD displays and a high-tech smart board.  This room is used by librarians to do instructional sessions for various classes taught on campus. The room was a gift of Robert and Janet Spidell. Mr. Spidell is a 1965 alumnus of CSULB, a former president of the Alumni Association, and a long-time friend and supporter of the University.

CSULB Library Floor by Floor : 2nd Floor

2nd Floor Map


Book Stacks: Items with call numbers A - G are kept here. These represent many of the books on Philosophy, History, and Geography.

Children's Collection (Room 200): Here you will find our collection of books and videos designed for children and young adults. The collection is organized in broad categories, e.g., Fiction, Picture Books, and Poetry.  This collection includes the titles from the Long Beach Unified School District Recommended Reading List.

Mystery Collection: The Mystery Collection is housed in the 2nd Floor Study Area. This collection of paperbacks is arranged by the author's last name. They are great for recreational reading.


CSULB Library Floor by Floor : 3rd Floor

3rd Floor Map

Bibliographic Instruction Center: Room 305. Library instruction classes are held here.

Book Stacks: Items with call numbers H -PQ are kept here. These represent many of the books on Law, Education, and Art.

Masback Science Fiction: The Masback Science Fiction Collection is housed in the 3rd Floor Study Area. This collection of paperbacks is arranged by the author's last name. They are great for recreational reading.

Special Collections & University Archives: This collection contains the University archives and other rare and valuable collections. This area is generally open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday only.  Hours may vary during Winter and Summer sessions.


CSULB Library Floor by Floor : 4th Floor

4th Floor Map

4th Floor

Bibliographic Instruction Center: Room 409.  Library instruction classes are held here.

Book Stacks: Items with call numbers Q - Z are kept here. These represent many of the books on Science and Technology, Military Science, and Information Science.


CSULB Library Floor by Floor : 5th Floor

The 5th Floor Study Area has beautiful views to both the north (towards downtown and the mountains) and the south (towards Catalina).  The 5th Floor Study Area is the largest study area on campus.

5th Floor Map

Thesis Office: The Thesis Office (Room 501) reviews master candidate theses and project reports for compliance with university style and formatting requirements. 

CSULB Theses in print: CSULB Masters' theses as well as the index called Dissertation Abstracts International are located here. All theses have call numbers that begin with AS 36.C25 and are then organized by year and author's last name.

You are now done with Reading 2!

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