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Get Books from Other CSU Libraries: The CSU+ Service

All libraries in the CSU system now use OneSearch. This means you can search for, find, and request books from any CSU library. This Library Guide will show you how!

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Until the threat of the coronavirus passes, this service is temporarily unavailable.

 

     IF YOU NEED a book that's not in the Pfau Library, it might be at another CSU library.  Use OneSearch to search all the CSU libraries at once, and if you find it, request the book through the special CSU+ service.  For the fastest results, ALWAYS try this first before using our regular Interlibrary Loan service.

     If for any reason other CSUs are unable to fill your request--for example, if the book is already checked out--we will notify you by email.  The email will include a direct link to our Interlibrary Loan service which fills requests from libraries beyond the CSU system.  Follow the link and resubmit your request.

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1. SET UP YOUR SEARCH & RUN IT

When you are done typing in your search, do not hit enter or return on your keyboard.  Instead, click on Books & Media (all CSU).

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2. SIGN IN TO MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT - REQUIRED!

After you get your search results, go to the tool bar at the top of the screen and sign in to My Library Account.  This unlocks the ability to request books from other CSUs.

Toolbar links for My Library Account Sign In.

3. FIND A BOOK

Books that are available in the Pfau Library will be at the top of your search results list.  The screenshot below shows two such books--one is online (Available online), and one is in print (Available at Pfau Library).

1 online book and 1 print book in the Pfau Library

A book that is owned by at least one other CSU library will say Check holdings in other CSU libraries.

A book available from another CSU library.

4. REQUEST A BOOK WITH CSU+

Click on the title of the book or Check holdings in other CSU libraries.  On the next screen, click on Get it from other CSU libraries: CSU+.  Please note that although you can click on the Show Libraries button to see which CSU library has the book, this is not necessary for placing a request.

On the next screen, unless you need one volume of a multiple volume set, or you need to pick up your book from the Palm Desert Campus library, just click the REQUEST link and you are done!

Borrower Responsibilities

You are responsible for:

  • Returning items on time and in good condition.
  • Paying any late, lost, or damaged fees.
  • Following any special instructions on the paper slip on the front cover of the book, for example, For Library Use Only or Photocopying Not Allowed.

FAQS

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How long does it take to get a CSU+ book?

Usually 2-3 working days (M-F; in summer, M-TH) but it depends on how far it has to travel to reach us.  Rest assured we always try to get CSU+ books as quickly as possible.

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How much does CSU+ cost?

The CSU+ service is free for all current CSU students, faculty, and staff.  Help keep this service free by only ordering books you really need.

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How will I know when to pick up a CSU+ book?

We will notify you by email.  You will have 7 days to pick it up.

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Where do I go to pick up a CSU+ book?

BRING YOUR CURRENT STUDENT ID CARD.

In the Pfau Library, go to the Check-Out Desk on the 1st floor.  At the Palm Desert Campus, go to the Helene A. Hixon Information Resource Center.

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Where do I go to return a CSU+ book?

The same place you picked it up from or use one of the book drops.

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How long do I get to keep a CSU+ book?

Most of them, for 60 days.  No reminders will be sent.  Check the due date by logging into My Library Account then click on Requests.

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Can I renew a CSU+ book?

Sorry, no, but you can request it again.

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Can I request my textbooks with CSU+?

Sorry, no.

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Can I access ebooks at other CSUs with CSU+?

Sorry, no.

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Ready to Give it a Try?

Interlibrary Loan Office PL- 109 M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (in summer, M-TH)  ill@csusb.edu or 909-537-5093

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