Delay in Seawolf ID sign on

We’ve hit a few technical hiccups on our way to single sign-on for Library accounts, but our IT staff is working hard to get this up and running. We appreciate your patience as we bring the new sign in system online. In the meantime, please continue to use your barcode and Library PIN to log into your Library Account. If you need to create a Library PIN online.

Please accept our apologies for the delay, and thank you again for your patience.

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California Cruisin’

Muggy days making you miss the California sun? We can’t bring out the sun, but we can provide you with some summer lovin’ tunes. We dug deep into our vinyl collection and pulled out the best songs to keep your spirits sunny and bright. So sit back, dip your toes in the sand, and feel the ocean breeze as you lose yourself in this nostalgic playlist.

Search through the library catalog to find albums that interest you. To check them out, bring the call number to the Information/Check-out Desk on the 2nd floor. You can bring records home to listen, but if you don’t have a record player, we have six available record players located at the viewing and listening stations on the 2nd floor.

1. The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’ (Farewell to the First Golden Era)
2. Led Zeppelin – Going to California (Led Zeppelin IV)
3. Bob Seger – Hollywood Nights (Stranger in Town)
4. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lodi (Green River)
5. Chuck Berry – Promised Land (Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade Vol. 2)
6. The Beach Boys – California Girls (Endless Summer)
7. The Doors – L.A. Woman (L.A. Woman)
8. The Rolling Stones – Route 66 (The Rolling Stones)
9. Lindsey Buckingham – That’s How We Do It In L.A. (Law & Order)
10. Joni Mitchell – California (Blue)
11. Carole King – Back to California (Music)

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Changes to Your Library Account

Starting July 21, you’ll have one less password to remember. You’ll be able to log into your Library account using your Seawolf username and password, instead of your Library barcode and PIN. Your Seawolf username will also get you off-campus access to e-resources including streaming video, ebooks, and articles.

Community borrowers will still be able to access your library accounts using your barcode and PIN.

This is just one of the ways the University Library is working to make your life easier.

If you have any questions, please contact the Web Services Librarian at

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New Books!

Looking for something good to read? Check out this month’s new books!

Our Popular Reading shelves are always full of the newest and best books in fiction and non-fiction. Our newest books include The Secret Life of William Shakespeare, a novel by Jude Morgan that imagines what it might have been like to be William Shakespeare, and The Girl in the Road by Monica Bynes, a ” twenty-first-century myth, starring a queer woman as the hero of the human race.”

We’ve also added over 40 New Books to our main collection that cover topics as wide-ranging as feminist economics, electronic music, parenting non-cisgendered children, and anthropological research methods.

No matter what you’re interested in, you’ll find a book here in the library to satisfy your curiosity.

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New DVDs!

With the new month comes a plethora of new DVDs to add to our selection. Here are just a few highlights of the recent additions to our collection. Feel free to stop by and look at them in person on the 2nd floor in DVD Central. You can even check out 8 DVDs at once for an entire week!

August: Osage County
A drama featuring actresses Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts which looks into the lives of a dysfunctional family grown apart, and the crisis that forces their reunion.

47 Ronin
An action fantasy film featuring Keanu Reeves in which a band of samurai plot to overthrow the shogun and avenge the death of their master.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
An adventure fantasy featuring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, and Richard Armitage which follows a group of dwarves on their quest to reclaim their homeland of Erebor.

The Monuments Men
A biography war drama featuring George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Bill Murray which follows a WWII platoon as they attempt to rescue renowned artwork stolen by a gang of Nazi thieves.

The Lego Movie
An animation adventure starring Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, and Alison Brie which captures the struggles of a Lego construction man as he attempts to stop an evil tyrant.

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New Library Website

The University Library is pleased to announce the soft launch of our new Library website! We’ve moved a lot of things around behind-the-scenes to make information easier for you to find (and to lay the groundwork for even bigger and better changes in the future). We hope our web re-vamp makes you as happy as it makes us.

Of course we’re not done yet, and we need your feedback to make the site even better. So take a look around and tell us what you think! There are still changes that will be coming over the next few months, and what you think does make a difference. If you have feedback for us, leave a comment below or email the Web Services Librarian, Laura Krier at

We’ll also be sharing some of the data and information that informed our decisions about the website, so you can get a better sense of what we’re doing and why. For more updates on the website and Library technology in general, check out the SSU Library Labs blog.

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Vinyl, Vinyl, & more Vinyl!

Did you know that your Library is home to over 13,000 records? Hidden amongst the stacks of records are large collections of blues, jazz, tin pan alley, folk, classical, popular, and rock music.

Search through the library catalog to find albums that interest you. To check them out, bring the call number to the Information/Check-out Desk on the 2nd floor. You can bring records home to listen, but if you don’t have a record player, we have six available record players located at the viewing and listening stations on the 2nd floor.

Here’s a small sampling of some of the music you can find in the Library. Check back often: We’ll be posting more playlists sampled from our vault.

1. The Doobie Brothers – China Grove (Best of the Doobies)
2. Van Morrison – And It Stoned Me (Moondance)
3. Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
4. Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone (Highway 61 Revisited)
5. Creedance Clearwater Revival – Down On The Corner (Willy and the Poor Boys)
6. Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac)
7. Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin III)
8. Def Leppard – Rock Of Ages (Pyromania)
9. The Band – The Weight (Music from the Big Pink)
10. Grateful Dead – Uncle John’s Band (Workingman’s Dead)
11. The Doors – Love Her Madly (L.A. Woman)
12. Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child (Electric Ladyland)
13. The Mamas & The Papas – Dream A Little Dream Of Me (The Papas & the Mamas)
14. Frank Zappa – Cosmik Debris (Apostrophe’)

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Awesome work from our Special Collections Student Assistants

A shout-out to Sara Dinari and Gracie Lock, student assistants for Library Special Collections this past year, who authored a piece just published in the Society of American Archivists’ Archival Outlook newsletter on their work to help us digitize the World War I Tanner letters, and their detective work to discover the history of the Tanner family in Santa Rosa.

You can read their article “Finding Edward: Discovering the Character and Fate of a World War I Veteran” online.

And you can read some of the Tanner Letters yourself in our North Bay Digital Collections.

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Library Displays

2nd floor South

From the classic humor of Peanuts, to the crime-fighting adventures of Batman, to hard lessons learned from coming-of-age during wartime, there are comics and graphic novels to suit all tastes! Take a peek at some highlights from our collection.

3rd floor North A (near Administrative Offices)
We are celebrating women sculptors in recognition of Women’s History Month, keeping with the theme of our current library exhibit, and because women sculptors need to be celebrated! It was not until the mid- late 19th and early 20th centuries that one can find any information on women sculptors. Come by and check out the creative works of these women! One of the women featured, Vinnie Ream, was the first and youngest female artist to receive a commission from the United States Government for a statue, at the age of 18. She created a full sized marble statue of President Lincoln located at the U.S. Capitol rotunda. !

3rd floor North B (near the Graduate Reading Room)
Blast from the Past! Did you know the Library has over 13,000 vinyls available for check out? Take a look at some of the groovy covers in this display. All albums in the case are still available for your listening pleasure as well as many others.

3rd floor North C (smaller case near Teaching Award wall)
April is Disability Awareness Month! In conjunction with Disability Services and the Hub, we have created a display in support of the events taking place on campus in support of persons with disabilities. The library has numerous resources to help those with disabilities as well as resources for those who want to help with education, outreach and support. Just a few of these resources have been displayed but there are many more available on the shelves and on line. Come on by and check it out!

3rd floor South (near the Quiet Study Room)
Birds of the Pacific slope : one hundred fifty-six bird portraits painted in California and Mexico, 1853-1869.

SSU Library English Chapbook Collection: 19th century chapbooks from England.

3rd floor South (near Regional Collection)

The US has 59 national parks, operated by the National Park Service. The first national park, Yellowstone, was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in March 1872. Check out our US National Parks display to find out more.

3rd floor South Quiet Study Room
In honor of Black History Month this February, see works about Angela Davis, W.E.B. DuBois, the Narrative of Sojourner Truth, alongside many more individuals who continue to inspire us today through their actions, perseverance, and their words.

3rd floor Bridgeway
SSU Library Lynn Woolsey Papers: Materials from the office of Lynn Woolsey, representative to the United States Congress for California’s 6th congressional district from 1993-2013.

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Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Maya Angelou

Luminary Maya Angelou passed away today at age 86. Perhaps best known for her autobiographical works, such as the highly acclaimed I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou also gained distinction as a celebrated poet, dancer, singer, journalist, civil rights activist, and teacher.

Angelou’s extraordinary life is detailed in seven autobiographical books:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Gather Together in My Name
Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas
The Heart of a Woman
All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes
A Song Flung Up to Heaven
Mom & Me & Mom

Her poetry, including “On the Pulse of Morning” which she famously recited at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, is collected in The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou and Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie: the Poetry of Maya Angelou. Literary essay collections include Letter to My Daughter.

Video and audio recordings of this remarkable woman can be found through the library and streaming online.

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