Friday, December 18, 2009

Winter Schedule

Please note that the library hours will be altered over Winter Break. The library will be closed Dec. 24th, 2009 through January 3rd, 2010.

Other December hours are as follows:
Saturday, December 19th: CLOSED
Monday, December 21st: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Tuesday, December 22nd: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Wednesday, December 23rd: 8:00AM - NOON

January hours after the 4th can be viewed on the library website:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Exam Week Hours

The library will be open later than usual Monday through Thursday and Saturday during finals (Dec. 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16). Note that Friday and Sunday hours will remain the same during this time.

Hours for these two weeks are as follows:

Wednesday, December 9th - 8AM to 10PM
Thursday, December 10th - 8AM to 10PM
Friday, December 11th - 8AM to 5PM
Saturday, December 12th - 10AM to 5PM
Sunday, December 13th - CLOSED

Monday, December 14th - 8AM to 10PM
Tuesday, December 15th - 8AM to 10PM
Wednesday, December 16th - 8AM to 10PM
Thursday, December 17th - 8AM to 8PM

For further information on the library's opening and closing times, please check the library website's official calendar at

Monday, October 19, 2009

ILLiad system announced

Starting from Monday, October 19, 2009, the University Library will be implementing a new ILL (Inter-Library Loan) system, which will replace the current ILL program.

The new ILL system is more automated and the turn-around service time will be much shorter. It also allows library users to check the status of their currently checked-out ILL items, as well as the status of in-progress loans (e.g. “Your item shipped yesterday”), and other useful features.

Starting from Monday, October 19, 2009, we will gradually migrate to the new ILL system. Some of the ILL request links will be directed to the new system.

What changes to expect:
- The new system will ask you to log in using your MYCSUDH account.
- The new system will also ask first time users to fill out a patron information form. This form will help the library build an ILLIad Patron database. The patron information will only be asked for once.
- The system request form will also ask for an ISBN or ISSN number.

What is ILL?
For those of you who might not know:
If the library does not have what you need (books or articles) for your assignments and research, the Library can probably get it for you. This service is called ILL (Inter-Library Loan). The ILL service is limited to currently registered students, faculty, emeriti faculty, and staff.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Library Hours for Fall Semester 09

During the upcoming Fall semester, the library will be open until 8PM Monday through Thursday.

Except for days when the campus is closed due to holidays or furloughs (as listed on the CSUDH Academic Calendar) the library's schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM

  • Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

  • Saturday - 11:00AM - 3:00PM

  • Sunday: Closed

We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this reduction of hours, which is a direct consequence of the CSU system-wide budget cuts implemented by the government of California.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Library Closed for State Furloughs

The library will be closed for state furlough days on Friday August 14th and Friday August 21st this month. The rest of campus will also be closed on those days.

These closures are due to a state-wide furlough of CSU employees, much like the ones already suffered by other state employees. Note that the CSU system will only be implementing two furlough days per month, however, and not three per month.

In addition, in order to continue to serve students to the furthest extent possible, Dominguez Hills will be implementing staggered furlough days in most months. What this means is that the campus will remain open as only half of the faculty and staff will be absent on any given furlough day. Please see the library website for a full list of our August hours.

A calendar of furlough days (subject to finalization from the President's office) follows:

August 2009: Campus closed on Friday August 14th and Friday August 21st

September 2009: Half of employees gone on Friday September 4th, Tuesday September 8th, Friday September 18th and Monday September 21st.

October 2009: Half of employees gone on Friday October 2nd, Monday October 5th, Friday October 16th and Monday October 19th.

November 2009: Half of employees gone on Friday November 6th and Monday November 9th, Campus closed on Friday November 27th.

December 2009: Half of employees gone on Friday December 4th and Monday December 7th, Campus closed on Thursday December 24th.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Log in with your campus username!

Starting on Monday June 22nd, the CSUDH library will be changing its off-campus login procedures.

You will now be able to log in with the same login information and password that you use for Blackboard, campus e-mail, and to log in to the computers around campus. This will make it easier to log in, as you will no longer have to use your 9-digit ID number to access your patron record and our electronic databases.

If you are a non-affiliated library patron and do not have this login and password, you will still be able to access our site as before by using your library ID number and last name.

If you do not know what your campus username and password are, you can find them through MyCSUDH by using the following link: (The links are located about halfway down the left-hand side of the page, labeled "forgot your password?" and "forgot your username?"

If you are unable to retrieve your username and password using the MyCSUDH system, or if your username and password do not allow you to log in, please contact the IT Help Desk at (310) 243-2500 for further assistance. Help Desk hours are Monday through Friday, 8am through 6pm

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mandatory Logins on Library Public Computers

Starting on Wednesday, June 17th, computers in the library will require users to log in with their campus username and password to get access. The process will be a phased one, and is set to be completed on Monday, June 22nd. The campus username and password are the same ones used to log in to Blackboard, campus e-mail, and the computers in Welch Hall and other parts of campus.

This change will affect all public computers located near the reference desk on the second floor of the library. Our 4 handicapped-accessible computers, located between the reference desk and the library entrance, will be included in the switch. However, the library will maintain 5 public access computers that do not need a login. These are the computers located opposite the circulation desk. This will enable us to continue to serve those members of our community who use the Dominguez Hills library.

We respectfully ask that students, faculty, staff, and others with a Dominguez Hills ID and password not use these public-access computers, as they are intended for members of the general public.

If you do not know what your campus username and password are, you can find them through MyCSUDH by using the following link: (The links are located about halfway down the left-hand side of the page, labeled "forgot your password?" and "forgot your username?"

If you are unable to retrieve your username and password using the MyCSUDH system, please contact the IT Help Desk at (310) 243-2500 for further assistance. Help Desk hours are Monday through Friday, 8am through 6pm

If you have any questions or concerns about mandatory logins being added to the library reference area computers, please direct them to Library Administration by calling (310) 243-3700, or by dialing 3700 while on campus.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Library Construction Noise

There will be considerable noise from construction on all floors of the library building for the next few weeks, as the new library construction project is being connected to the existing building.

In order to connect the two buildings, walls along the South face of the library will be demolished over the next few weeks. There is likely to be a lot of noise from this, and we apologize to all students, faculty, staff and others who use the library.

Parts of the stacks on floors three and four are also affected by this process, as shelves nearest to the walls had to be emptied and removed in order to safely demolish the walls and to build temporary walls.

There should be no dust or other debris throughout the process, as temporary walls will have been constructed along the South walls to prevent the demolition from unduly affecting library patrons.

Please direct any inquiries or comments about the process to Adele Vanarsdale of Facilities Planning and Construction Management at (310) 243-3826. Her office horus are 8-5 Monday through Friday.

If you need help finding a book in the affected parts of the library stacks, please go to the Circulation desk for assistance. The Circulation desk is open during all library hours, and closes 15 minutes prior to the libary's closing time. Their phone number is (310) 243-3717.

The library will be open for normal summer hours throughout the construction process. See for a complete list.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, May 15, 2009

New CSU-wide Mango catalog announced

The library has a new way to search for books! With the CSU Mango catalog, you can search all CSU libraries at once. This addition to our online repertoire replaces the old CSU Pharos system, and will give you listings of books at any CSU campus, including Dominguez Hills.

The library is planning to implement ILLiad, an Inter-Library Loan service which mimics the point-and-click book request functionality of LINK+, over the summer to ensure that faculty and students can easily request books from other libraries. ILLiad will also help to reduce work load on our understaffed ILL department (which has only one full time employee), so that you can receive your books faster.

For now, go check out the CSU Mango catalog at (Select “Dominguez Hills” if you're off campus). We hope that it will help you to find the books you need at a CSU campus. Even though ILLiad is not yet implemented for book requests, you can click the “Find it @ CSUDH Lib” button to go to our Inter-Library Loan page and put in a manual request for a book you need.

If you have any questions about Mango or ILLiad, please direct your e-mails to or and we will be happy to answer them.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

LINK+ Cancellation Announced

Please note that as of May 1, 2009, the library will no longer be subscribing to the LINK+ inter-library loan service. This unfortunate cut is due to the library’s—and the CSU system’s—current budget situation.

This means that May 1, 2009 is the last day that you will be able to place a request for any LINK+ materials. After that date, all inter-library loan requests must be processed through the library website’s ILL page, located here: The standard ILL service takes longer than LINK+ (anywhere between 10 and 14 working days), so keep this in mind when requesting materials from other libraries.

We apologize for any inconvenience the cancellation of the LINK+ service may cause, and thank you for using the library.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Important announcement about login IDs

To All faculty, staff and students:

Please note that you can no longer log in to library services from off-campus using your Social Security Number.

Please use ONLY the barcode ID number on your student or faculty/staff ID card to log in to the Library system in order to renew your books online and remotely access the Library’s resource. When reading ebooks, searching article databases, and downloading full-text journal articles, etc., from off-campus you will need to use this ID number.

If you are not sure about your barcode ID number, or if it is not on your ID card, please call the IT Help Desk at 310-243-2500 for help.

What is my barcode ID number?

Your barcode ID number is the 14-digit number on your ID card. It is the number 20550 followed by your 9-digit ID number. This number is printed at the very bottom of the ID card on all new IDs.

Example: 20550982340006
(please do not use spaces, dashes or hyphens).