Q. Can I access my course materials (textbooks and videos) through the Library?


There are many ways you may be able to access your course materials through the CSUEB University Libraries, including: 

  1. E-books (available online)
  2. Print/Physical books available to check out for one week
  3. PDF scans of a book chapter from an available a print/physical book
  4. Videos available in streaming/online format 

1. How to access library e-books

Some textbooks are available as e-books through the Library. Students can:

  • Search the library's catalog (OneSearch) for their textbook title to see if it is available
    • Note: If your textbook has a short title (like "Chemistry") try searching for both the title and the author's last name
  • If available, click on the "Online access" link that appears underneath the textbook information
  • When prompted, enter their NetID and password to access the e-book
  • Once logged in, students should be able to read the e-book online 

If you don't know the title of your textbook, you can search for your course number using the Library's Course Reserves list and/or search the CSUEB Bookstore to find the title of the textbook for your course. 

2. How to reserve and pick up print library books (from the Reserves/Textbook Collection)

Our print textbooks/course books are now available for students to borrow for 1 week. Renewals of textbooks/course books will not be allowed. Students can follow our book reservation instructions that will allow them to pick up Reserves books from either the Hayward or Concord campus libraries. Due to the 1 week borrowing period, we cannot mail/deliver Reserves books to home addresses.

3. How to request the scan of one chapter from print library books (from the Reserves/Textbook Collection)

CSUEB students, faculty, and staff can now request that the Library scan one chapter from a book that is available in print in the Library. You can follow the chapter scan request directions to initiate that process. 

4. How to access streaming videos available through the Library

Some videos assigned in courses are available through the Library. Students can: 

  • Enter the video's title in the library's catalog (OneSearch)
  • On the left side of the search results, find the filter for "Resource Type" and choose "Video" (note: you'll likely need to click the "show more" link to see the "Video" resource type)
  • If the Library provides access to the video online, you will see the video listed in the search results with an "Online access" link underneath its title; click on that link to view the video

Are you a freshman student for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021? 

If so, please read more about the campus initiative providing freshman students with free instructional materials for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. 

If you're having trouble finding your course materials, librarians are happy to assist you via chat or email

If you need to, you can still view the Libraries' original Course Reserves list

  • Last Updated Dec 11, 2020
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  • Answered By Stephanie Alexander

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