Distance learners are students enrolled in CSULB classes, but receiving instruction at an alternative site.
Many of the CSULB distance learners are enrolled as off-site students in the Masters of Social Work program (at Channel Islands, East Bay [formerly Hayward] and Humboldt) and Professional Studies programs.
Other Sites of Interest to Distance Ed students
Borrowing / Lending Information
The Circulation Desk is located on the First Floor as you enter the Library.
Delivery Options for Distance Learners
Distance learners should request materials (books, articles, conference proceedings, etc.) not available at CSULB using ILLiad Interlibrary Services, with these cautions:
Information and Assistance
Library personnel are available to provide assistance in the 1st Floor services area all hours the library is open. In addition, Librarians are available during Reference hours to provide information, reference, and research assistance. Distance Learners may wish to contact CSULB Subject Specialist Librarians electronically.
Purchase of Books, Periodicals, and Media
New materials may be recommended by submitting through COAST a Recommend New Items form. Emails and printed requests may also be submitted directly to a subject specialist librarian.
Special Collections and University Archives
Unusual and valuable collections of rare and fragile books, original art prints and photographs, and historical papers are located in Room 300, 3rd Floor.
Spidell Technology Center
The Spidell Technology Center, 1st Floor, is one of two Open Access Computer Labs at CSULB. Over 200 computers are available in the Library building.
Libraries in your community
Do I need a library card?
A CSULB i.d. serves as your library card. CCPE (or your department) will send or mail you an id card (with the logo in place of your picture). You need the card itself to borrow books from other CSU libraries. You also need a Library Password to use most of CSULB Library's online resources. If you do not have a CSULB i.d., the Library can issue a card if you are listed on the Distance Learning roster.
Where else might I access these databases?
At most other CSU libraries, you can use the databases they purchase for their students, some of which will be the same as those available through CSULB. Some databases are available at community colleges and at public libraries.
Will you send the book to me?
If the CSULB Library owns the book you need, we can send it to you. Exceptions are materials that do not circulate, such as reference books, material from Special Collections, media, and reserve materials. Complete the appropriate ILLiad Interlibrary loan form to request a book.Distance learners need to indicate their status every time they make an ILLiad request by noting answering YES to the question on each form "Are you are distance learner?" Books will be mailed free of charge; however you must pay return postage. If you need a book not owned by CSULB, it may be faster to request it through your nearest public library or CSU library.
What if I need a copy of a journal article?
Use the free CSULB Library interlibrary loan service. You will not have to return the article. Distance learners need to indicate their status every time they make an ILLiad request by noting answering YES to the question on each form "Are you are distance learner?"
What are my borrowing privileges at the other State University Libraries?
With your current i.d. card, you have borrowing privileges at over 20 other California State University libraries. See Agreement on Library Support for CSU Distance Learning Courses.
How do I get reference assistance?
Librarians are available for help by phone or e-mail.
Where can I get more information about Distance Education courses?
Connect to the College of Continuing and Professional Education or phone them at 800/963-2250.