ILLiad offline for upgrade Tuesday AM

The John M. Pfau Library’s hosted ILLiad server is scheduled for an upgrade on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  During this two-hour window, all aspects of ILLiad software, including online interlibrary loan services, will be unavailable.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.

For questions or more information, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department at or 909 537-5093.


Posted in Library Services

“The Purge: Election Year” Movie Screening

The PurgeThe John M. Pfau Library, The Office of Community Engagement, and ASI present:

“The Purge: Election Year”
Movie Screening
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
7 p.m.
Located in front of the Library

Bring a friend and a blanket, and register to vote with a free screening of the film “The Purge: Election Year” on the Pfau Library Lawn.

If you have questions or would like to know more about the upcoming event, please contact Iwona Contreras at or call (909) 537-3447

Posted in Community Events, Events, Movie Screenings

Free Summer Movie Series 2016

Summer Movie 2016_RegularThe John M. Pfau Library presents:

FREE Summer Movie Series

ALL screenings start at 8 p.m.*

Bring a blanket and a friend, and enjoy these great shows!

FREE parking available in lots D & C

South Library Lawn: 5500 University Pkwy



Use #CSUSBLibSummerMovies for all event posts and pictures!


July 7: The Jungle Book

July 14: Batman v. Superman (Dress as your favorite superhero!)

July 21: Barbershop

July 28:  Allegiant

August 4: The Angry Birds (Dress as your favorite angry bird!)

August 11: Captain America Civil War (Dress as your favorite superhero!)

August 18: Alice Through the Looking Glass (Tea party theme!)

Library Book Sales $1

Blankets only in the area nearest the screen; chairs permitted in the area beyond the walkway.

Family First Catering and Party Rental, will have available for purchase tacos, nachos, hot dogs, snow cones, quesadillas, drinks, and so much more.

EOP Alumni will be selling Jamba Juice smoothies and candy, to support EOP book awards.


Sponsors:  Alumni Relations, ASI and CFS

If you have questions or would like to know more about the upcoming event, please contact Program Coordinator: Iwona Contreras at (909) 537-3447 or

Posted in Community Events, Events, Movie Screenings

Kids Summer Program 2016

Kids Summer Program 2016-03John M. Pfau Library Presents:
July 20-21
9 A.M.-4 P.M.
(drop-off starts at 8:30a.m.)

Kids’ Summer Program

Wednesday, July 20
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Check-In
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Ice Breaker
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Rocks in a Box Craft
11:30 a.m. – 1 2:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1 p.m. Inside My Head Craft
1 – 2 p.m. Bald Eagle Craft
2 – 3 p.m. Popsicle Stick Flag
3 – 3:30 p.m. Closing Activity
4 p.m. Pick-Up

Thursday, July 21
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Check-In
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Ice Breaker
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Patriotic Hat Craft
11:30 a.m. – 1 2:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1 p.m. U.S. Bingo
1 – 2 p.m. Patriotic Tin Can
2 – 3 p.m. Me for President
3 – 3:30 p.m. Closing Activity
4 p.m. Pick-Up

John M. Pfau Library would like to invite you to Camp U.S.A. this
summer. We will be hosting a two-day workshop consisting of fun and interactive activities for children ages 6-10 years old.
$50 per day
2-day Super Saver Package $80

For more information about the program, please contact the coordinator: Iwona Contreras (909) 537-3447

Posted in Community Events, Events

Database Changes, Summer 2016

Many database renewals fall on July 1, so summer is often a time for changes in the library’s resources. Notable changes this year:

  • LexisNexis has been replaced by WestlawNext as our primary source of legal materials. (For newspapers, please use ProQuest Newsstand).
  • MLA International Bibliography moved from the EBSCOhost platform to the ProQuest platform.
  • Biological Abstracts moved from the EBSCOhost platform to the Web of Science platform.
  • AP Images was discontinued due to low usage, effective June 30.
  • The hoopla! streaming video pilot project did not receive VETI funds for a second year, so it too was discontinued June 30. We continue to investigate options for providing streaming video.

Instructors, if you have links to any of these resources on your web pages, please update your links!

The most current links are always on the library’s list of Databases A-Z.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Stacy Magedanz, or x75103.

Posted in Databases

Good bye, hoopla!

The streaming media service known as hoopla is no longer available through the Pfau Library.

Access to hoopla was funded by a Vital Technologies Initiative grant and all those funds have been expended.  We submitted another grant proposal, but it was not funded.

We hope you enjoyed it while we had it!

Posted in Did You Know?, Library Services, Miscellaneous

There’s More Here Than Books!

jRTA7RyiLCheck it Out at the Pfau Library!

With your current CSUSB ID, you can check out:
• Audiobooks
• Charging rings
• DVDs
• Calculators (basic, financial, and graphing)
• Earphones
• Laptops (Windows and Mac)
at the Check-Out Desk (1st Floor)
• Blu-rays
• CDs
• Camcorders
• Cameras
• iPads
• Microphones
• Photography lights
• Projector & Screen
• Tripods
at the Library Multimedia Center (5th Floor, PL-5005).
Posted in Did You Know?, Library Services, Miscellaneous

Summer Quarter Hours 2016

Beginning Wednesday June 22, the library’s hours are:

  • Monday-Thursday 8 AM – 10 PM
  • Friday-Sunday CLOSED

We have two holiday closures:

  • Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.
  • Monday, Sept. 5, for Labor Day.
Posted in Hours & Closures

June 6th: Last Library Research for Freshmen Workshop!

If you haven’t yet had a chance to catch a Library Research for Freshmen workshop, fear not! Join us on Monday, June 6th, from 4:00 – 4:50 in Pfau Library, room PL-2005.

There will be snacks!

For a workshop description and to sign up, register now on our workshop calendar.


Posted in Workshops

Media Reviews: Blackfish

Movie Reviews: North By North LesBlackfish

Four-and-a-half stars.



2013, 83 mins., directed and written by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

This is the controversial documentary that tells the story of Tilikum, a killer whale, or orca (called “blackfish” in Native American lore). Held in captivity for years at amusement parks, Tilikum was responsible for the deaths of three trainers. The film interviews four former SeaWorld trainers, covering their initial enthusiasm, and eventual disillusionment with the parks and their practices. Footage of orcas used for entertainment is shown, as well as some of the incidents involving trainers. A very disturbing film that makes one question the ethics of man confining in limited spaces these beautiful (but deadly) social creatures for the sake of profit. Side note: Upon the release of the film, SeaWorld took the unusual step of hiring a publicist as well as maintaining a web site to refute what is presented in the film. Highly recommended.  See the record for Blackfish.

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection. The opinions expressed are his alone.

Posted in Media Reviews
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