Archive for August, 2010

Welcome Back

The Library is open for business:   We’re online and on campus; we’re here and ready to help you be successful!

* All the library’s books can be requested for delivery to HSS 102
* More than 90% of our journal articles are full-text and online
* The library has thousands of eBooks that can be viewed from any computer
* Students can get assistance in person, by phone, via instant message or texting until 10pm most nights
* This Fall watch for Library resources in iLearn and on your smart phone or other mobile device

Add comment August 30th, 2010

Requesting Books – Update

We’re working on some issues related to how you request books stored in the new Library Retrieval System. What we would like is for you to be able to use the same procedure when you request an available book in the Library Catalog regardless of whether it is in the Library Retrieval System or on the Main Collection stacks. Currently, this is not the case. When you request a book that has the location “Main Collection” you are prompted to enter your name, SF State ID, and Library PIN. But when you request a book in the “Library Retrieval System” you are prompted only for your name (Last Name, First Name). To make matters worse, books requested from the LRS do not show up in your Library Account, nor will you be emailed when they are available for pickup. We are working closely with the vendor of our Library System to resolve these issues as quickly as possible.

Add comment August 27th, 2010

Requesting Books

Starting at noon on Friday, August 20th, books from our collection will again be available by request using the Library catalog. Pick up in HSS 102 in 1 business day. Reserve books are also in HSS 102. You’ll need the Call Number. For Media Reserves, viewing and listening, go to HSS 127.


If you can’t find a book in the Library Catalog, or if it’s in the catalog but checked out or missing, then you may be able to borrow it quickly and at no cost from another library using Link+. More than 40 academic and public libraries participate in LINK+. Books are delivered to HSS 102 in 2-4 days. The loan period for books is 21 days with one 14-day renewal.  There is no charge to request or borrow LINK+ materials. Try it out. Link+ is a great service with a huge catalog.

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1 comment August 20th, 2010

The Big Book Move!

The Big Book Move was a significant milestone for the Library building project. Now that it is completed, the contractor can begin the last phase of the project: gutting and renovating the old building.

During Summer 2010, the project staff successfully transferred the entire collection of books, government publications, microforms and audio recordings from the existing Library building into the new west addition.  Working 16 hours a day, 6 days a week, a crew of 70 student assistants, 80 Library faculty and staff, professional movers and project managers transported about 1 million items.   Significant portions of the Library collections remain in storage or at the Sonoma State University Library.  As staffing and space permits, these items will be brought back to campus and re-integrated into the on-campus collections.

The majority of the collections are now housed in the automated Library Retrieval System, which fills the ground, first and second floors of the west addition.  The third and fourth floors of the west addition are filled with shelving; about 20% of the book collection will available on those floors for browsing when the building re-opens in the spring of 2012.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Add comment August 18th, 2010


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