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Accessing the Library During The Coronavirus Epidemic: Home

A word from the library...

During this rapidly changing time with much uncertainty, we at the Walter Stiern Library want to assure our students and faculty of the continuous services being provided by the library. Although our physical building is not available, access to our resources is the same, the format may be different however. We have added many more digital resources during the pandemic to ensure student and faculty needs are met. We urge students to continue to use our website to search databases, view e-books, get citation help, find credible resources for your class assignments, and much more. Our librarians are on call to assist you as you continue to pursue your educational goals in this new online format. Please review the resources listed in this guide to learn more about services available at the library during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Be safe, be healthy.

Stiern Library 

Modified Library Services

Alternative Delivery of Library Services  
Library services are continuing to be offered to students on a modified scale. Below are answers to your questions.
Will the library be open? 
The library is only open virtually. All online access and services are still operational including assistance from faculty librarians and library staff.  
How do we return books that are due? 
If you wish to turn library books in now, please use the brown book drop at the north end of parking lot D. No late fines will be charged Do not put audio or electronic devices in the book drop. Rentals from the bookstore need to be returned to the booksstore.
How do we return iPads and laptops? 
Any iPads or laptops that were checked from the library should returned by appointment only. No late fines will be charged. Please do not put these in the book drop. Please call 654-3172 if you wish to make arrangements to return your device. To return chromebooks or hotspots, please contact the IT Help Desk at 654-2307.  
Can I check out a physical book at the library? 
Contact your librarian for an electronic alternative to print materials.​cthelp 
Can I check-out a print course reserve book/textbooks from the library? 
At this time we are unable to check out physical copies of books however; many publishers/vendors are offering free access to textbooks in electronic format. Please review this page for details regarding “Textbook Vendors Offering Free Access”
Will reference service be available? 
Yes. Online access to a reference librarian will be available via our Chat Service on the library homepage any time, night or day. This chat service is a fully functional reference service for CSUB students. Librarians will also be available to answer your questions and help with research via telephone and email.