Undergraduate Students

Wondering how to get started with your research? See Research Assistance.

Getting Around:

The library building is a big place and houses more than just the Pfau Library! A large campus computer lab is in the west wing (a.k.a. "The Wedge"). The Technology Support Center and the Coyote OneCard office are on the first floor in PL-1108 of the Wedge, and two large classrooms are on the basement level. The second floor of the east wing is classrooms only, which must be reached from one of the stairwells or elevator on north-east corner of the library building.

View Maps of the Pfau Library. Find out about the library's Study Rooms. We also have lots of desks and tables for your use on all floors of the library. Read the library's Code of Conduct.

Borrowing Materials:

Your library card is your Coyote OneCard (CSUSB student ID card). See CSUSB Students: Check-Out Policies for details on loan periods, renewals, overdue fees, and more.

Course Reserves are materials placed in the library by an instructor for a whole class to use. Look them up with the Course Reserves Search. Some are available online as PDF files (get the course password from your instructor). Print materials must be checked out from the Course Reserves Desk on the first floor. You need the call number of the item in order to request it at the Course Reserves Desk. More details at Course Reserves: Information for Students.

Interlibrary Loan:

If the library does not have an item you need, you can request it through ILLiad, our Interlibrary Loan system, and we will get a copy from a library that does have it. There is usually no charge for this service. Articles are delivered online, typically in 2-3 days. Books must be shipped and typically arrive in 7-10 days. Sorry, we cannot interlibrary loan the required textbook for any CSUSB course.

Off-Campus Database Access:

The library's online resources, including article databases and ebooks, are available to current CSUSB students anytime, anywhere. Just login as a CSUSB user when prompted.

Computer Access:

Use any of the Pfau Library's terminals with your MyCoyote login; includes full Web access, Microsoft Office software, and SPSS. See Computing for more details.

Printing & Photocopying:

Add money to your Coyote OneCard to pay for printing and photocopying. Otherwise, you will need to purchase a print/copy card. See Printing & Copying for more details.