New Users Guide
Welcome to our Library! Here in our library you will find a wealth of information to support your scholarly efforts here at Cal Poly. We hope you will take a few minutes to go through this guide and learn some of the basics of using our library.
Your Bronco Access Card is your library card: you will need it to check out books, enter the 24 hour computer lab and some of the study rooms. You should also obtain a library password (sometimes called a PIN), which you can create remotely. This PIN/Password allows you to use the Self Check Out Machines to check out books, and most importantly, the PIN/Password allows you to access our databases and electronic journals from home. Look at our about remote access instructions page for more details about this process.
You can familiarize yourself with our building by looking at our floor maps; also, there are a lot of FAQ pages about how to get to places in library. You can see upcoming events here in the Library Calendar or by looking in the spotlight section of our Home Page. Here are our Library Hours. In our building, we have photocopying and printing, scanning, study spaces and study rooms, which you can now reserve online, as well as computer workstations, including a 24 hour computer lab. We also have a computer reservation system for most of the first floor computer workstations. In our front lobby, we have a Starbucks. Like many other buildings on campus, we have wireless access.
To look for books, look in our Library Catalog; to find articles, look in our Databases pages. To find out what we have available electronically, look at our Electronic Journals list and see our FAQ items on Ebooks. To get things we don't have in the Library, request materials via our Get Materials Our Library Doesn't Own page. We also have a mobile version of our website.
We also have specialty subject guides. And you can contact your subject librarian. To learn about basic library research methods, see our video tutorials. Follow us on Facebook or keep up with us with Twitter. We also have a library glossary.
Things to bring with you if you come to the library:
Library FAQ: Got Questions? Get Answers!
Type in your question to find an answer quickly in our frequently asked questions database. If your question has not yet been asked, you have the option to fill out a brief form and we'll get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.
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