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. The CSU+ service was reinstated on February 18, 2021.
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. [Interlibrary Loan service is temporarily unavailable for non-CSU libraries.]
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When you are done typing in your search, do not hit enter or return on your keyboard. Instead, click on Books & Media (all CSU).
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.
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).
A book that is owned by at least one other CSU library will say Check holdings in other CSU libraries.
A. Click on the title of the book or Check holdings in other CSU libraries.
B. On the next screen, click on Get it from other CSU libraries: CSU+.
C. Make certain that you see a small green dot in front of the words Item available for request. At this time, not all CSU libraries are able to participate in the CSU + service due to COVID-19 so even though a CSU library may own the item you want, they may not be able to send it.
D. 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!
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How long does it take to get a CSU+ book?
Due to COVID-19, 1-3 weeks. Rest assured we always try to get CSU+ books as quickly as possible.
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.
How will I know when to pick up a CSU+ book?
We will notify you by email. You will have 3 days to pick it up.
Where do I go to pick up a CSU+ book?
The north entrance of the library (opposite the CGI building). The outer doors are unlocked to allow access to lockers. The email notification will have:
Items ready for pickup are already checked out to you.
Where do I go to return a CSU+ book?
One of the book drops.
How long do I get to keep a CSU+ book?
Most of them, for 16 weeks. You will get an email with the due date; a reminder email 5 days before it is due; and another email reminder on the due date. Check the due date by logging into My Library Account then click on Loans.
Can I renew a CSU+ book?
Sorry, no, but you can request it again.
Can I request my textbooks with CSU+?
Can I access ebooks at other CSUs with CSU+?