Library Services for the Community

We welcome you to the California State University, Stanislaus Library.  The Library is open to the general public and those who visit the library building can access most library services.

All visitors can access:

  • Reference assistance
  • Access to government information (as a Federal Depository Library)
  • Use of resources in the library (including books and journals)
  • Access to electronic resources (on-campus only)


Community Borrower's Card:

  • Check out books and other materials (periodicals, CDS, videos, but not reserve items)  

Non-CSU Stanislaus users who purchase a Community Borrower's card ($35.00 annual fee) can also check out items from the regular circulating collections (books, periodicals, CDs and videos but not Reserve items) according to the guidelines listed here.


General Public, including students at private colleges: $35.00 annual fee for borrowing privileges.


California State University , University of California, and HECCC (Higher Education Consortium of Central California, including Columbia College, Merced College, Modesto Junior College, and San Joaquin Delta College) Affiliated Students and Faculty: To obtain borrowing privileges, currently registered students and faculty from HECCC institutions need a CSUS ID card to borrow materials.  A $5.00 materials fee is required to prepare an ID card.


High School Students: To obtain borrowing privileges, high school students must present a completed High School Student Application for Library Borrowing Privileges and pay a $15.00 fee per semester.  The application requires the signatures of the High School librarian or library staff member and a librarian or staff member from the student's nearest public library.


We also offer remote online access to our catalog, government information, the "Search Library Resources" index on the library's home page, and our open access databases:  ERIC (U.S. Ed. Dept.), National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information: Library Search, National Substance Abuse Web Index, National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database, and PubMed/National Library of Medicine Gateway.