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BeachReach FAQs

Due to COVID-19, BeachReach can only provide electronic articles.  Physical/print items are only available through CSU+ interlibrary loan at this time.  

What is BeachReach?

Use BeachReach to request an item that is not available at the CSULB Library. What do we mean by "not available"?

  1. The item is not owned by CSULB Library.
  2. The item is not on the shelf when YOU need it.  Items may not be on the shelf when you need them because they are
    • checked out
    • missing or lost
    • indicated as "unavailable" in OneSearch
    • at the bindery or being repaired.
  3. The item has restricted access/ is not available for check out in our library

You can use BeachReach to do the following:

  • submit requests for materials not available at CSULB
  • see a list of and/or change information on your recently submitted requests
  • view, save, or delete electronically delivered items
  • see a list of items that you have checked out via BeachReach and request renewal(s) (provided item is not overdue)
  • see a list of your completed requests
  • review any items which have been cancelled either by you or the InterLibrary Loan staff. (Items can be resubmitted with more complete and/or accurate information).

Who can use BeachReach?

BeachReach services are available to current CSULB students, faculty, and staff only.

What are the access requirements?

  1. Campus ID and Password
    • Your campus ID is issued to you by the university. 
  2. Your browser must be enabled for Javascript and to accept cookies.  Standard current browsers are compatible with BeachReach.
  3. Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer. Documents received electronically (unless you specify a need for accessible documents) will be delivered to your BeachReach account as PDF files so will be read using Adobe Acrobat Reader.  (Note MAC users: You may have Acrobat 5 installed, but the Mac default program for such documents is called "Preview". You will need to turn off the default and access your BeachReach documents via Acrobat.)
  4. For help with access, go to the Library Circulation Desk or call them at 562-985-5512.

I don't understand when I should use CSU+ or BeachReach.

CSU+ is used for books and media items (DVDs etc.).  Use CSU+ first for those items, as they have a shorter turnaround time. 

CSU+ accesses libraries across all 23 CSU campuses.  Use this service for books and media items.  You can request items from CSU+ directly from the item's listing in OneSearch.

BeachReach is for any kind of item.  BeachReach will always be used for article or chapter requests, but can also be used for books if they are unavailable through CSU+.

To check the status of requests made via CSU+ or BeachReach, check your library account.

How can I place a request through BeachReach?

  1. Make a request directly from the OneSearch catalog
    • If you find an article that our library subscriptions do not have access to, you can click “Request Article from BeachReach (2-5 days)”. Clicking this will direct you to your BeachReach account and will automatically fill in a large portion of your request. Check to make sure the information that automatically populates is correct and then select “Submit request” at the bottom of the page.

  2. Make a request directly from your BeachReach account

    • Maybe you can’t find a citation in the OneSearch catalogue. Don’t worry, there is another way to pace a request. Log in to your account directly. Once you have logged in, you will see all your request options on the left.
      Please keep in mind we CANNOT request books or any other physical material during the pandemic. Please avoid the “book or media” request option.

Can I request anything through BeachReach? Are there materials that cannot be requested?

We recommend against requesting textbooks for classes, feature films, and best-sellers.  These requests will be handled on a case by case basis.  Though a textbook might be available from another library, you will only be able to borrow it for two weeks (not for the semester you need it).  We will cancel requests for textbooks that are available in our Reserve Collection.  Feature films and best-sellers are often not available for loan from other libraries. 

We cannot request a full copy of an electronic book. One individual can place a request of no more than TWO chapters of any given book (physical or digital). Any requests for whole ebooks will be cancelled.

The University Library has a copy of the journal/book I need an article/chapter from. Can I still place a BeachReach request?

Yes! While the building is closed now we are filling article requests even if a physical copy is available in our library. 

What information do I need to place a request?

The more information you provide, the better. Double check your request to make sure it reflects the citation you are seeking. In addition to the article/journal/book title, please provide the following when possible:

  • Volume number
  • Issue number
  • Page numbers
  • Year
  • Edition
  • ISBN (book) or ISSN (article)

Providing a detailed citation will allow us to process the request and get the material to you faster. You can always leave us a note in the “Note” field with any direct links or other important information you want to include about your citation.

Will I be notified when my materials are available?

You will receive an email notification when your materials are available.  Remember:  one of the many advantages of using BeachReach is that you can get information about the status of your request(s) through the web at any time from any location!

How do I access my electronically delivered items?

When your request has been filled, you will receive an email from BeachReach with a link to your BeachReach account. Once in your account, select “Electronically Received Items” and you will find a PDF of your requested article ready for download. Keep in mind you only have 30 DAYS to download and save this article. After 30 days, the PDF will expire and disappear from your BeachReach account (and our servers).

Why are the loan periods on the physical items (e.g. books and media) so brief? I would like to keep them longer!

The loan periods for materials borrowed through BeachReach are set by the library loaning the item, and vary from library to library.

Why don't I see all my older requests when I look at my request history?

From time to time we purge older records from BeachReach. Our policy is to keep requests online for several years in order to comply with record keeping requirements of the copyright law.

What if I need my documents in an accessible format?

An accessible format is a version of the document (article, book chapter, etc) that can be read using screen reading software (e.g. JAWS).  The standard format for online documents is "PDF" (portable document format) which is read with Adobe Acrobat. Some PDF documents received by CSULB's BeachReach may not be accessible (as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act Section 508) with screen reading software.  However, any PDF file can be made accessible through a conversion process.  This process requires a skilled and trained individual to convert the file. To order a document in accessible format, select "YES" when completing the document request form under "Do you require this (article, book chapter, conference proceeding) in an accessible format?" For each request, you must indicate that you want it in an accessible format.  Patrons needing an additional help with accessible formats or who have any questions, should contact the Disabled Student Services Center at 562-985-5401.

Are there any copyright restrictions on how I use the materials I receive through BeachReach?

By using this service you are agreeing to uphold the copyright restrictions that are applicable to all library materials, whether paper or digital. If you make printed copies of these digitized documents, it remains your responsibility to abide by these restrictions. No further reproduction and distribution of copies that you receive through BeachReach is permitted.

I don't understand the status messages on my outstanding requests.

BeachReach uses various statuses to track requests and control workflow. Please note that these statuses reflect the actions of the requesting customer as well as those of the ILS staff.  If you have a question about a particular status message, please call (562-985-4629) or email (us at ILS staff.

Why was my request cancelled?

The vast majority of requests that are cancelled are because the requested item IS available in the CSULB Library. You may find it helpful to consult a reference librarian about an item before requesting it through BeachReach.  If you have a question about a particular cancellation message please call (562-985-4629) or email (our team at ILS staff.

My document has missing pages or unreadable pages.

Occasionally our document suppliers send a file with missing pages or pages that are unreadable.  If this happens to you, please use the BeachReach Problem Pages Report form.


I tried to view my document, but the pages are upside down.

It is not uncommon for these scanned documents to have every other page upside down, but these pages can be rotated in the Adobe Acrobat Reader. See the example below explaining some of the functions in the Adobe Acrobat tool bar. Use the "rotate" tool on the right end of the toolbar to change the orientation or "rotate" the document when you view it.

Adobe toolbar example

I am a distance learner. Can I still request materials through BeachReach?

Distance learners are students enrolled in CSULB classes, but receiving instruction at an alternative site.  Distance learners must indicate their status every time they make an BeachReach request by selecting YES to the question "Are you a distance learner?" in the request forms.  As a special service to distance learners, the CSULB Library will send through snail mail any materials (including those owned by CSULB) that can not be delivered electronically (this generally applies to books).

I use a Mac computer and have problems viewing some of the documents.

You may have difficulties viewing PDF files delivered via BeachReach if Adobe is not selected as your default viewer.  Please follow these steps to make Adobe your default viewer on your Mac.

Don't forget, you need at least Acrobat 5.x or higher to view your documents. If you do not have 5.x or higher, please download and install a recent version.

Is there a cost associated with using BeachReach?

While there is no cost to the users of the BeachReach service, there are costs that the library absorbs to run the BeachReach service. 

Can I choose the format in which I receive my items?

Unfortunately, no. The lending library dictates the format (i.e., print, electronic, micotext) in which we receive the item.  We do not have the ability to request a specific format.  

Where can I get help?

Technical Support Questions: Email anytime to BeachReach Problem Report Form.
InterLibrary Services Office: (562-985-4629) or email to the team at