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Talking to Your Students about the Library: Home

This guide introduces you to the library's essential resources and services so you feel comfortable talking to your students about the library., Guide created by Librarian Emeritus Barbara Quarton


This guide will be useful to you if...'d like your students to know about the library and its resources...

but you don’t feel confident about your own knowledge of the Pfau Library.


The Name

The library was named after the first president of CSUSB, John M. Pfau. The name rhymes with “now” and means “peacock” in German.

The Resources

The library has about 750,000 books and nearly 150 subscription databases that access online journals, magazines, newspapers, and ebooks.


Students, faculty, and staff can access all of the library’s online resources and services from off campus using their MyCoyote login prompted by the database.

Pfau Library

outside view of the John M. Pfau Library

Library Assignments

This article from College Teaching addresses integrating library research into your assignments.

Need Help?

Pfau Library with backdrop of snow mountains

Research Assistance

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Text your question to 909-542-8990
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FAQ - Online answers to common questions.


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