Textbooks and Course Materials

  • RedShelf

    • Thanks to CSUSM's Bookstore and RedShelf, students have free access to eBooks from a variety of publishers for no additional cost (this covers about 80% of CSUSM's assigned textbook titles). Titles normally accessed through reserve that we believe to be available through RedShelf are on this list; Details regarding how to access are at https://studentresponse.redshelf.com/
  • VitalSource
    • VitalSource is an online textbook provider that offers many assigned CSUSM textbooks not available through RedShelf. All CSUSM students and faculty can borrow up to 7 VitalSource title for free through May 24, 2020. To get started, visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com. Before you begin searching for and reading course materials, you will need to log in to an existing Bookshelf account with your institution-provided email address or create a new account. For the access to the free ebooks, you must use your CSUSM-provided email address. Once signed in to the Bookshelf, click Explore to lookup titles. More instructions available at VitalSource Helps.
  • Cengage Unlimited
  • National Emergency Library
    • The Internet Archive has announced the National Emergency Library, a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. Learn more.
  • Public Books Database
    • A directory of free or open access ebooks that have been made available as a result of the COVID-19 situation. Most of these ebooks are available through Project Muse.
  • Elsevier
    • Elsevier has made all 256 of their textbooks and all of their All Access ebooks freely available to the CSU. Access Elsevier content through the Library's ScienceDirect database.
  • Library Reserves
    • The Library is scanning and providing access to Reserves materials digitally as quickly as possible. Check to see if your course materials are available at https://biblio.csusm.edu/course-reserves. We are constantly updating this list but if you don't see your materials available, contact reserve@csusm.edu
  • Streaming Video
  • Perusall
    • Perusall is a text reader and annotation platform that is providing free access to textbooks from several publishers, including textbooks from McGraw-Hill, Broadview Press, Sage, Taylor & Francis, and more. Instructors need to contact support@perusall.com and let us know what book(s) you are using in your course and how many students you have. If permitted to by the publisher, we’ll provide you with an access code your students can use to bypass the paywall for your book(s) until at least May 25. 

Library Resources

Library Digital On Demand 

  • Use OneSearch to search for materials. If we don't already have what you need full-text, use the InterLibrary Loan request link. We will borrow it from another Library digitally, or if that isn't possible, we'll see if we can purchase or otherwise get you digital access as soon as possible. There may be a delay of up to 7-12 days for ILL/digital on demand requests. Search for resources with OneSearch and Ask Us for help.