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Dean's Welcome

Greetings, Coyotes!

The CSUSB Libraries welcomes you to spring semester 2023!

I am thrilled and honored to be your Dean of Libraries. I joined CSUSB in August, and I have enjoyed getting to know CSUSB over these past several months.

On the San Bernardino campus, we are looking forward to welcoming you back to the reopened and restored portions of the Pfau Library! We will be pleased to share the wonderful views in PL-5005 with you again as the library team moves back to their restored offices soon. Work will progress in Spring on a renovation upgrade of the welcome area of the library on the first floor. We cannot wait to share the new designs with you! While the work continues, the services desk will stay in its temporary home on the second floor. Stay on top of restoration and renovation updates here.

Our Palm Desert Campus library team is at the ready to support you at the Hixon Library.

Our library team is here for you, wherever “here” is for you! Ask a Librarian chat service is a great place to begin. You have options to you chat, phone, or text. There is even a service to chat with a librarian with one of our partners around the globe if you need help after hours! If you need more time to discuss your questions and projects in depth, you can schedule an appointment, in-person or virtual. Our team is here to help you be successful and de-mystify our wonderful resources!

If you are looking for places to study, we have quiet spaces, group study spaces, and spaces to study “alone together.” I like the seats long the windows of the fourth floor, by the PS stacks, overlooking the entrance to campus. If you would like to reserve a study room, see our options!

Speaking of our wonderful resources, visit the fourth floor in Pfau to see our Special Collections and Archives. We have treasures there including comic books and pulp fiction. In our digital archives, you can visit the Latino Baseball History Project and many other collections. On the Palm Desert Campus, you can visit the important Salton Sea Archives.

We are growing our online resources.  I am excited to share these recent additions, which can be accessed with your Coyote ID anytime, anywhere: 

  • Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection, Series 1 Full-text content from the "Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage" Project, the largest national project ever to locate, preserve, and disseminate Latino-Hispanic culture of the United States in its written form. **Funded by a Student Success Initiative one time project grant 
  • Latino Literature More than 100,000 pages of poetry, short fiction, novels, and plays by Latinx/Hispanic authors. Nearly all of the content is in copyright, and most of the other items are long out of print or have never before been published. 
  • Latin American Drama Plays written by Latin American playwrights in the 19th-21st centuries. Besides serving as a rich resource for literature scholars, the collection also supports the study of American history, ethnic diversity, immigrations issues, and political history. 
  • Latin American Women Writers   Complete text of works of literature, memoirs, essays, in their original language, by Latin American women from the colonial period in the 17th century to the present. 
  • North American Indian Thought and Culture  Includes autobiographies, biographies, Indian publications, oral histories, personal writings, photographs, drawings, and audio files to provide a comprehensive representation of historical events as told by the individuals who lived through them. 
  • North American Indian Drama  Contains 244 plays by 48 playwrights representing the stories and creative energies of American Indian and First Nation playwrights of the twentieth century. More than half of the works are previously unpublished. 
  • Black Thought and Culture 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures—covering 250 years of history. 
  • Twentieth Century African American Poetry  Modern and contemporary African American poetry, featuring almost 9,000 poems by 62 of the most important African American poets of the last century, including Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde, and Rita Dove. 
  • Asian American Drama  Contains 252 plays by 42 playwrights, together with information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. Half of these plays have never been published before. Covers the late 19th century through contemporary drama. 
  • Music Online: Classical Scores Library I & II  Provides full, study, piano, and vocal music scores; print or view online. Genres include orchestral, chamber, opera, vocal, solo instrumental, and choral. 

Please follow our main website and social media for updates throughout the semester. 

Wishing you all the best, 


Rebecca L. Lubas 

Dean of Libraries