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In stunning facilities, the University Library fosters student success, scholarly research, and academic excellence through the provision of information resources; primary resources, learner-centered services and experiences; and welcoming, technology-enhanced environments that facilitate lifelong learning, collaboration, and innovation.  The University Library provides students and researchers access to thousands of print books, e-books, journals, manuscript and archival materials and electronic databases that support all areas of the CSUDH curriculum.  The University Library teaches students how to access, evaluate, and apply information to fulfill their academic information needs.

Access to Library Materials and Services

The library's website, http://www.csudh.edu/library, provides a gateway to locate a wide array of resources located in the CSUDH Library.  Any current student, faculty or staff may access electronic resources from off-campus through remote authentication using their campus username and password. The Gerth Archives & Special Collections department (https://libguides.csudh.edu/archives-home) provides over 300 collections for access to primary resources. Digital Collections (over 75,000 items) including the CSU Japanese American Digitization project may be accessed through http://digitalcollections.archives.csudh.edu.

 Services include:

  • Research assistance at the Info and Research Help Desk and through chat, SMS, text, telephone and email.  
  • In-person and online research consultations by appointment.  Visit the Library's website to schedule an appointment with a librarian. at: https://libcal.csudh.edu/appointments.
  • Access to archival and special collections as well as 10,000 rare books through the Gerth Archives reading room. Digital primary resources are also available virtually.
  • Select course materials provided through Course Reserves and the Library’s ebook collection, including the Toro Textbook Library Program.
  • Subject-specific online research guides and tutorials to help with research. https://libguides.csudh.edu/research/how-to
  • Interlibrary loan, a free service for access to materials in other collections from other libraries.
  • Information literacy instruction through customized library sessions, online tutorials, and assignment design partnerships with faculty.  Read more at: https://libguides.csudh.edu/information-literacy
  • Use of the Library's computers, including PCs and Macs.
  • Group study rooms for use by groups of 3 to 8 students.
  • Spaces for collaborative work and silent study, along with a lactation room.
  • Extended hours during the final two weeks of fall and spring semesters.
  • Weekend hours with research assistance available.

Library Hours of Operation

When classes are in session during fall and spring semesters, the Library is open 7 days per week, Monday through Sunday.  Hours are extended until 2 a.m. during the final two weeks of fall and spring semesters.

For more information on current hours, call (310) 243-3714 or visit the library's website at https://www.csudh.edu/library/about/hours/. The Gerth Archives can be reached at (310) 243-3895 or archives@csudh.edu. For additional information, phone (310) 243-3715. To obtain help at the Info and Research Help Desk, call (310) 243-3586 or email ask@csudh.libanswers.com.

Note: Operating hours are subject to change, so please visit our website for current schedule: https://www.csudh.edu/library/

Library Operating Hours (Fall & Spring semesters while classes are in session)

Monday - Thursday  

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Info and Research Help Desk Hours (Fall & Spring semesters while classes are in session)

Monday - Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 For additional information about research help, visit http://www.csudh.edu/library/research/help/

The Gerth Archives & Special Collections Hours (January-December)

Monday - Friday     

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Students and researchers are encouraged to visit (drop in) the Gerth Archives during regular business hours or to make an appointment by calling (310) 243-3895.

Students interested in primary sources, local history, access to digital collections and rare books are welcome to conduct research in the Archives (LIB 5039).  Instructors are welcome to bring their classes for primary source instruction.

Archives & Special Collections provides access to materials related to the history of South Bay Los Angeles and its communities, as well as the history of the CSU Dominguez Hills, the CSU System, and higher education in California. Please visit https://libguides.csudh.edu/archives-home.