To the extent possible and economically feasible, the CSUMB Library acquires and provides access to resources in electronic format rather than print. The Library acknowledges that the print format remains an essential information resource in many disciplines, but prefers electronic formats and access to information rather than ownership of materials. This approach to collection development provides convenient, timely, and cost-effective access to materials which have high relevance and high probability of use. To supplement the locally held print, media and electronic collections, the Library provides a rapid document delivery/interlibrary loan service. For details, please consult the Collection Development and Access Policy.


Electronic Resources

Over 14,000 electronic full-text journals and news sources are available online. Consult the Find Articles & Databases page for a guide to available electronic journals and databases. The Library also has a collection of over 9,000 electronic E-Books on a variety of topics.

Print Collection

Over 75,000 books and nearly 500 periodicals (journals, magazines and newspapers) are housed in the Library. Books are organized by subject using the Library of Congress classification system. Periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title in the Periodical Stacks.

Media Collection

The Library has a collection of over 1,600 videotapes and DVDs on a variety of topics, including selected feature films. A growing number of CD-ROM, audio CD, and audiocassette materials are also being added.


Each librarian is responsible for building and managing the collections in specific subject areas. For more information about the Library's collection in a specific subject area, or to recommend titles for addition to the collections, please contact the selector for the area in question. There is also a list of the selectors alphabetically by subject.


The Library accepts donations of materials which support the curricula or academic programs. Donated materials will be evaluated title-by-title for possible addition to the collections by the appropriate subject selector. The Library reserves the right to retain or dispose of donated materials (sell, recycle or donate to another library). CSU systemwide policy does not allow the library to appraise the value of donated materials. The Library will acknowledge in writing the receipt and general description of donated materials.

The Library may accept backruns of periodicals (journals, magazines and newspapers) which support the core curricula or academic programs if they fill significant gaps in existing subscriptions. The Library accepts gift subscriptions to periodicals only in unusual circumstances, for reasons such as continuity and legality. The Library does not accept donated materials if the donor requires that the materials be kept separately and not integrated into the collections. For details, please consult the Collection Development and Access Policy.

The Library accepts donations of money to purchase library materials which support the curricula. Such donations will be referred to the Library Director.