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One Campus, One Book 2020 - 2021

One Campus, One Book is a program designed by the University Library to encourage a common reading experience and sense of community at California State University, Los Angeles.

2020 Nominees

Read the descriptions below to learn more about the six book candidates! 

NOTE: We have only selected books that the library can purchase as eBooks; the selected eBook will be purchased in August of 2020.

Selection Process and Criteria

Each year, the University Library forms a One Campus, One Book Committee. In the Spring, the committee reaches out to students, staff, and faculty across campus to create a list of nominated books.

The committee, along with campus volunteers, meets to create a short-list of books.

Books may include fiction, non-fiction, hybrid forms, poetry, and any genres. Books are selected using the following criteria (in no specific order):

The Book:

  • Is written by a local author
  • Includes relevant and/or local social themes 
  • Includes diverse characters
  • Has cross-disciplinary applications
  • Is an appropriate length and reading level for freshmen
  • Is affordable for the committee and for students
  • Is available in a needed format (i.e., paper vs. hardback, unlimited vs. limited access eBook)*
  • Is not too similar to last year's selection

*Please note that publishers and vendors provide eBooks for academic libraries to purchase in varied formats, ranging from 1-user eBooks to Unlimited access eBooks. To plan OCOB during the pandemic uncertainties and to ensure access for all students, the OCOB Committee selects only ebooks that are available in Unlimited access format. Librarians will check if suggested book(s) are available, but if you do not see your suggestion in the campus-wide vote, it is likely unavailable as an Unlimited eBook.

Once the OCOB Committee compiles a short list of books, we send it out to all students, staff, and faculty for a vote.

The book with the most votes is selected and announced to the campus before the Fall semester begins.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300