The purpose of the University Library is to support the educational mission at CSUS by providing information, services and study space for students, faculty and staff of the University. The 270,000 square foot building houses a collection containing approximately 1.3 million volumes. A Central Reference Desk is located on the second floor of the north wing, where librarians can answer your questions.

The University Library is open to the public and anyone may use the collection and the web-based Research Stations within the Library with some minor restrictions. These computers are provided for research, so gaming and other inappropiate behavior is not permitted. 

In order to borrow materials, non-students may apply for a Library User Card if they meet the following criteria: are at least 18 years of age, have a California Drivers License or other photo ID, live in the region served by CSUS and pay a $25 fee for 3 months, $50 for 6 months or $75 for a year.

Guided tours of the University Library are offered to students during the second and third weeks of the Fall semester. Small groups from outside the University may be accommodated during that time if they call 278-5981. At any other time, all visitors may take the individual self-guided Checkpoint Tour which is available at the User Services Desk located on the first floor.

Groups that want to use the facility should have a specific research or instructional purpose.

If you would like to bring a group to the Library, contact Linda J. Goff, Head of Instructional Services, at 278-5981, or by email at, to discuss the possibility of arranging for a group visit. Group visits and tours are not scheduled during the regular fall or spring terms so that CSUS students will not be unnecessarily disturbed. Timing of group visits to coincide with January Intersession or after finals in May is encouraged.

Visitors to the University Library are reminded of the following:

LJG: Page updated 3/23/2011