After submitting a search, use the filters on the left side under "Available at Cal State LA" to narrow your search to Full-Text Online, and Books under Resource Type (you may have to click show more to see books).
Under "Full text available at," click the link to access the book. Check the user options- some books have unlimited access, but others can only be used by one person at a time and may require you to check back after the other reader has left the book.
You can request physical books be sent to the library from other Cal State campuses and libraries around the country. This service also includes digital access to single book chapters and electronic articles from institutions sent to you as PDFs. CSU+ is a free service and students and faculty may request as many items as you like!
Books in the library are organized according to the Library of Congress classification system. Each book has a unique call number. They are organized so that similar subjects are next to each other on the shelf. When you find a book that you want in the library's catalog, write down the call number and location.
For example, you would read the call number below like this:
Main Subject (F = History of the Americas)
Read in alphabetical order
A → B → BF → C → CM → CZ → D…
Sub-Subject (800 = History of California)
Read as whole numbers
10 → 25 → 476 → 1489 → 2000 → 4821…
Code for Author’s Last Name (.M347 = Kevin Mendoza)
Read the letter alphabetically and the number as a decimal (each number place individually)
.L6726 comes before .L72 (i.e. L6 before L7)
Publication Year (2013)
Read in chronological order
1875 → 1915 → 1965 → 2001 → 2012 → 2019…