CLOSED March 31, Cesar Chavez Day

The library will be closed on Tuesday, March 31, in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. We will reopen at 8 AM on Wednesday.

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Water Shut-off Weds. Apr. 1

Due to scheduled repairs to the fire sprinkler system in Pfau Library, water service to the building will be shut off from 6 AM to no later than 11 AM.

During this period, please use restrooms in nearby buildings!

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Spring Break Hours

The library remains open during Spring Break, but with reduced hours. Our schedule:

Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29: Closed

Monday, March 30: 8 AM-5 PM

Tuesday, March 31: Closed for Cesar Chavez Day

Wednesday-Friday, April 1-3: 8 AM – 5 PM

Our regular quarter hours resume Saturday, April 4.

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Movie Reviews: The Way Way Back

Movie Reviews: North By North LesThe Way Way Back

Five stars.

2013, 103 mins., co-directed and co-written by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash.

Painfully shy and socially awkward 14-year old Duncan (Liam James, The Killing) and his mom (Toni Collette, Little Miss Sunshine) are invited to spend their summer vacation at her boyfriend’s beach house. This low budget coming of age story takes its title from the “wayback” seat where Duncan sits in the back of the 1970 Buick station wagon at the start of the film. This charming and humorous film features an excellent cast with Steve Carell (as the overbearing boyfriend), Alison Janney (The West Wing), and Amanda Peet and Rod Cordrry (Hot Tub Time Machine). Duncan runs into the manager of the local water park, Owen (Sam Rockwell, Iron Man 3), who takes him under his wing, and gives him a job at the park. Utterly miserable at the beach house and resentful of the philandering boyfriend, Duncan escapes each day to the water park and slowly breaks out of his shell. By the end of the film, both Duncan and Owen learn valuable life lessons. Look for the co-directors, Faxon and Rash, in small parts, playing park employees. A gem of a movie and highly recommended!  See the record for The Way Way Back.

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection.  The opinions expressed are his alone.

Posted in Movie Reviews

Extended Hours for Finals

In preparation for finals, Pfau Library will be open from 7:30 AM until midnight, Mondays through Thursdays, from Monday March 16-Friday March 27.

(Our weekend hours for that period remain the same, and we close at 5 PM on Fridays.)

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Elevator 3 out of service

A message from Facilities Services:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances Elevator #3 in the Pfau Library will be Out of Service until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please contact Facilities Support Center at x75175 should you have questions or need additional information.”

Elevator #3 is on the “addition” side of the library, the one to the right as you face them.

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Wiley articles and “Get It Now”

In response to some questions from faculty, I’d like to clarify how to get recent Wiley articles:

As you know, in the absence of a systemwide contract for Wiley journals this year, we started local subscriptions to a selected group of high-use Wiley titles. We are making the remaining 2015 Wiley articles available for quick online delivery through the “Get It Now” (GIN) service. GIN appears as an option on our “Search for Full Text” menu, which will be familiar to most users of the library’s databases.

Unfortunately, Wiley’s own platform, known as Wiley Online Library, does not allow us to display our “Search for Full Text” button. So if you are used to browsing favorite journals at Wiley’s site or searching their site directly, you will never see the GIN option.

But if you find a 2015 article at Wiley’s site and are denied the full text, there are two easy workarounds:

  • Copy the article’s DOI number, then paste it into Pfau Library’s Citation Finder form. This will bring up the “Search for Full Text” menu with its GIN option.
  • Copy the article’s title, then paste it into the library’s Multi-Search. Go to the “Articles” section, and use the “Full Text” links or “Search for Full Text” buttons to lead you to the GIN option.

For instructions with screenshots, see our Library Guide, Get It Now: Document Delivery.

If you have questions, please contact me directly and I’ll be happy to demonstrate. ( or x75103)

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5 Bestselling Books Library Display

5 Bestselling books assembled

The Pfau Library has a new display on our 1st floor that highlights five bestselling books we own.  We hope you will discover an interesting new book to read!  Please check the Pfau Library Catalog for current availability.

The first book is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife? Featured Books (1st Floor) PS3606 .L935 G66 2012; more copies on the 4th Floor at the same call number; and Audio Books (Check-Out Desk 1st Floor) # 10,705.

The second book is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  From 1854 to 1929, orphaned East Coast children were loaded onto trains that took them to the Midwest, West Coast, Canada, and Mexico.  Upon arrival, they were displayed for families interested in adopting them.  One of the book’s main characters, Vivian Daly, now an old woman, was one of those children.  She meets Molly Ayer, a teen who is “aging out” of the foster care system.  Together, they discover answers to mysteries that have haunted Vivian her entire life—answers that will free them both. On order, available soon.

The third book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Reunited after six years of separation during WWII, Claire Beauchamp Randall and her husband, Frank, decide to go to the Scottish Highlands for a second honeymoon to get re-acquainted. One day, Claire goes for a walk by herself and comes across a circle of standing stones. Not thinking much of them, Claire decides to walk right through them and is transported to the 18th century, in the year 1743! Restricted, 1stfloor PS3557.A022 098 1991.

The fourth book is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, inspired by the 1936 U.S. Men’s Olympics where an eight-oar crew won an Olympic gold medal. These men were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers. They defeated eastern and British universities and the Germans who were rowing for Adolf Hitler. Along the way they won the hearts of millions of Americans. The book describes the journey of the entire team, but it features one rower in particular, Joe Rantz. Having no family, Rantz rows to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. 5th Floor GV796 .B76 2013b.

The final book is Burn by James Patterson. This is the seventh book of detective Michael Bennett’s adventures.  Bennett’s efforts have brought down the ruthless crime lord he’s been hiding his family from. Returning home to New York he and his family settle in, but it seems as if a safe life isn’t in the picture. Bennett receives a disturbance call about a party being held in a condemned building that he dismisses. And then a charred body is found in the very same building!  Featured Books (1st Floor) PS3566 .A822 B87 2014.

If you have questions or would like to know more, please contact Iwona Contreras at (909) 537-3447 or

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Movie Reviews: The Intouchables

Movie Reviews: North By North LesThe Intouchables

Five stars.

2011, 112 mins., directed and written by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.


A crowd-pleasing film which broke box office records in its native France, and across Europe, it’s based on a true story of a paraplegic millionaire who seeks a caregiver who will not pity him, treat him with respect, and assist him with his daily needs. Stars Francois Cluzet (Tell No One) as Philippe, the millionaire, and Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Driss, the streetwise West African ex-con. The unlikely pair clash early and often, but soon become close, learning from one another, and helping each other reclaim their humanity. Humorous and heart-warming. Don’t miss this one!  See the record for The Intouchables.

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection.  The opinions expressed are his alone.

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CSU Library Stacks Announcement

Text booksCal State San Bernardino has partnered with OpenStax College, a Rice University-based textbook initiative that offers both free and low-cost digital access and printing options that have helped students reduce book costs by more than $30 million. Over the past three years, the textbooks available through OpenStax have been adopted by faculty who teach more than 1,100 introductory courses worldwide.

Funded by the Michelson Twenty Million Minds Foundation (20MM), the initiative is part of the foundation’s commitment to investing in technologies aimed at lowering the cost of education.

Since 2002, the cost of textbooks has risen 82 percent, outpacing the Consumer Price Index nearly threefold, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.  Rising textbook costs have become an impediment for many students pursuing higher education, especially those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  Equally concerning, a study by the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance found that, each year, 200,000 qualified students choose not to enroll in college due to prohibitive textbook prices.

“We are pleased to partner with OpexStax College. This valuable and timely program will increase affordability of textbooks, saving students a considerable amount of money on course materials,” said Cesar Caballero, dean of the John M. Pfau Library.  “It will also expand access to high-quality, peer-reviewed academic resources that are more flexible and adaptable, thereby enriching both student learning and faculty instruction. We encourage faculty to review the textbooks and other academic materials offered through OpenStax College.”

This fall, OpenStax pilot programs ran successfully at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Ohio State University, Auburn University, Virginia Tech University, and the University of Oklahoma.

For questions or more information about OpenStax College, please contact Lisa Bartle at (909) 537-7552 or

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