April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. “National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.” --poets.org

The following selection of poetry books from the CSUMB Library’s collection represents the library staff and faculty’s favorite poets and poems. Enjoy!

Cesar Chavez Day March 31st

Cesar Chavez Since 2000 California has dedicated March 31st to promoting service and community in honor of Cesar Chavez’s life and work. Chavez spent his life fighting for farm workers’ rights, helping to build the United Farm Workers Union.

Try a research guide

Looking for sources for a research project? Try clicking Start Your Research on the library homepage. We have many subject-specific guides that will point you toward books in our library and others, key databases and journal titles, web sites, and more. Lists of new books and DVDs in that area, and tables of contents of most recent issues of key journals, are updated automatically. You will also see the contact information for the librarian subject specialist in that area.

Read for fun @CSUMB Library

The CSUMB Library's Recreational Reading page makes it easy to browse for a good book to read.

Whether you prefer adventure, romance, humor, or fantasy, you're sure to find something to enjoy.

Read for fun @CSUMB Library

Nobel Literature Prize goes to Mo Yan

On December 10, Chinese writer Mo Yan will be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature at a ceremony in Stockholm. Born into a farming family in 1955, Guan Moye was a talkative child, and admonitions by his mother to speak less, or risk getting into political trouble, resulted in his pen name, Mo Yan, meaning "Don't Speak." His novels include elements of magical realism and have been compared to the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

National Coming Out Day 2012

Come Out. Vote.

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, an annual event sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and to promote LGBT rights. The 2012 theme is Come Out. Vote. The following are resources from the CSUMB Library and elsewhere on topics of interest to the LGBT community and their straight allies.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2012

Insert a description of the image here.Diversity United, Building America's Future Today is this year's theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month, running September 15 to October 15.

Library Survey a Success!

Many thanks to those students, faculty, and staff who participated in our Fall 2011 library survey. 1,157 of you took a few minutes to let us know how we're doing, and we've been carefully considering your feedback. The most notable result is that users are much more satisfied with the library than they were in 2005, when we last administered the survey. This increase was especially dramatic in the "Library as Place" category, indicating a high level of appreciation for our new building.

Fort Ord Historical Images Online


Atomic Age GIThis Veterans Day and beyond, see the people and places of Fort Ord as it existed in the 20th century, from 1915 to 1995.  Through a grant from the California State Library, the CSUMB Library has digitized images that  focus on the role of  Fort Ord as a training facility, beginning in World War I and continuing until the closure of the base.