The CSUSM University Library is committed to the information literacy, critical thinking, and research skills of K-12 students and teachers in our region. Library faculty support our regional schools in a few ways.

University Library Visits for K-12 Students


Are you interested in bringing your K-12 students to the Library at CSUSM? Using our information literacy expertise, we offer developmentally-appropriate options for CSUSM University Library visits. Here is how our librarians can help:


How to Conduct College-Level Research Session for High School Students:

CSUSM Librarians will work with a classroom teacher to determine the research needs of their students’ based on a specific research assignment. Students will learn how to use the library databases including building a search strategy, as well as the student-scholar research process as a framework. CSUSM Librarians will work with you, as the classroom teacher, to determine the best resources, and activities based on your research assignment.


General Library Sessions for Middle School Students:

CSUSM Librarians will take students through an exercise in evaluating websites. Students will learn the different criteria for evaluation, and apply it to pre-selected websites.


For instruction session requests, please contact Toni Olivas, Interim Engagement & Inclusion Librarian,, (760) 750-4333.


Library Tour for K-6 Students:

Members of our Outreach Team offer short tours of the library which will show younger students how a college library works, a visit to our current Context exhibit, and a trip to the stacks. To schedule a library tour, please email Arlene Martin,, or complete this online form.


Priority will be given to our community partner districts through the Alliance, tribal partners, and CSUSM campus partners.


If the options listed above do not meet your needs, please contact your local public library for additional support:



Checkout/Look at Books:       San Marcos Branch Library

Sandy Coleman, Librarian
    (760) 891-3000

K-12 Students and Teacher Professional Development
Visiting Kellogg Library