New this Semester: Updates to Library Equipment and Facilities

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide a productive, useful and welcoming library space, we’ve made the following additions and updates:

2nd floor charging station

  • There are new charging stations placed throughout the 2nd floor so you can power up your electronic devices while you work. More stations will be added soon.
  • We’ve updated our photocopiers, which now include a free scanning option. Instructions are provided at each machine, and we’re always on hand to answer questions!
  • A gender-neutral bathroom is now available on the 1st floor, which also includes a changing table.

We welcome your feedback and ideas! Feel free to submit suggestions for how else we can improve your library experience.

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Study Jams Playlist

Looking for some tunes to help you get focused on the new semester? We’ve made a playlist comprised of mellow songs to help keep you concentrated on your studies.

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 Beatles – Blue Jay Way (Magical Mystery Tour)
2. The Allman Brothers – Blue Sky (Eat a Peach)
3. Otis Redding – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (The Dock of the Bay)
4. Led Zeppelin – Over the Hills and Far Away (Houses of the Holy)
5. Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary (Are You Experienced)
6. Bob Dylan – The Times They are a Changin’ (The Times They are a Changin’)
7. Charlie Musselwhite – Finger Lickin’ Good (Takin’ My Time)
8. Cat Stevens – Moonshadow (Teaser and Firecat)
9. Neil Young – Heart of Gold (Harvest)

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Read Journals on your device with BrowZine

You can read your favorite Library periodicals on your tablet with BrowZine, an app sponsored for you by the University Library. BrowZine lets you subscribe to journals, read articles, and easily share them with your colleagues. BrowZine delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad or Android tablet.

  • Easily read complete scholarly journals in a format that is optimized for tablet devices
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals
  • Be alerted when new editions of journals are published
  • Easily save to Zotero, Mendeley, Dropbox and other services

Read and share scholarly journals from your tabletDownload the app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon App Store. Open the app and select Sonoma State University Library from the list of institutions. Log in using your Seawolf ID and password, and gain access to the Library’s journals wherever you are.

If you have any questions about how to use BrowZine, call our Web Services Librarian, Laura Krier or stop by the Information/Check-Out Desk. We hope you’ll love using BrowZine as much as we do.

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Welcome Back, Seawolves!

Whether you are a returning student or brand new to Sonoma State, we look forward to working with you this semester!

Come by and see us
We’re open from 7:30am – midnight Monday through Thursday, 7:30am-5pm Friday, 10am-5pm on Saturday, and 10am-9pm on Sunday.
The complete schedule is available here.

Research Help is available online 24/7 and in person Monday – Friday, 11am-5pm or by appointment. Simply ask for help at the Information/Check-Out desk on the 2nd floor.

Visit Us Online
You can now access the library from off-campus using your Seawolf ID.

Check out books, DVDs, music and more
Keep watch here for information about new items and highlights from our collection!

Stay tuned for upcoming events
Help us ‘Design Your Library’, learn about the history of banned and censored books, see what’s on display in the library’s gallery and more – keep an eye on the library website, where we’ll announce news and events.

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CLOAK: Iterations of a Draped Figure

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The University Library Art Gallery kicks off the 2014-2015 year with the exhibit CLOAK: Iterations of a Draped Figure, recent work by Frank Ryan. Ryan received his BFA from Sonoma State University and his MFA from UC Los Angeles. The … Continue reading

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Faculty, send your students to Design Your Library

The University Library is hosting a series of Design Your Library events this fall to help us learn what students need and want from their Library, and we hope you’ll encourage your students to attend.

We want to give students a voice in shaping the future of the University Library, and these events will also give them first-hand experience being part of a user-focused research project.

There are two ways your students can benefit from this experience. First, user-focused design methodologies are increasingly important across all kinds of industries. The methods we’re using, including web usability tests, focus groups, and design charrettes, are used in software and product development, marketing, publishing, and many other businesses and non-profit organizations. Your students can see how these research methods work in context and can apply that learning in your classroom.

Second, if your course covers topics such as web or space design, then the content we cover in the Design Your Library events will also be a relevant learning experience. If you discuss how people interact in environments (such as in cultural or ethnographic studies), or how business managers address space allotment issues in their facilities, or even interior design, the discussion about a library space is relevant. Similarly if your course covers computer science topics, specifically web design or user interfaces, these discussions will be enlightening for your students.

If you’re teaching a class that covers these research methods or these topical issues, we’d love to talk with you about how the Design Your Library events can help your students gain a real-life perspective. We’ll be hosting six events from September 4 through September 23, so your students will have many opportunities to sign up and join in.

Please contact Laura Krier ( or Felicia Palsson ( for more information.

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A Warm Welcome to our New Faculty

The University Library would like to welcome SSU’s new faculty! We know we speak for everyone we say how happy we are to have you here, and we look forward to getting to know all of you.

We offer a wide array of Faculty services to help you work efficiently and productively, from super speedy interlibrary loan to proxy borrower accounts to ArtSTOR instructor accounts.

The Library also has a comprehensive Information Literacy program. We’re dedicated to helping your students learn to effectively find, evaluate, and use information, and to make their research the best it can be. We work closely with you to tailor our instruction to your course and your students’ needs. Find out about our Instruction Program and contact our Instruction Librarians if you have any questions.

You also have a Librarian dedicated to your department who can help you get access to the resources you need, arrange instruction for students, answer your data management, copyright, and publishing questions, and much, much more. We’re dedicated to helping you AND your students achieve your goals.

Subscribe to our News and Events blog to keep up-to-date on new resources, events, and information from the University Library, stop by the Information/Check-out Desk anytime, or email or call your Subject Librarian to arrange a meeting. We look forward to working with you!

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New Books for August

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. Some of our latest titles include The Fault in Our Stars, a novel by John Green which captures the romantic tragedy of two teenage cancer patients; Distant Neighbors: the selected letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder, which shares over 250 letters between the two authors, and The Farm, a suspenseful story by Tom Rob Smith which follows a son as he learns about his family’s secrets and conspiracies.

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 for August

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. We’ve also included a couple of our featured streaming media films as well. 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!

Lone Survivor
An action/drama film starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, and Emile Hirsch, in which four Navy SEALs are sent on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative and are ambushed by enemy forces.

A drama/foreign film featuring Paulina Garcia, Sergio Hernandez, and Diego Fontecilla which follows the whirlwind relationship of middle-aged Gloria and the former naval officer she meets in a dance club.

9 Songs
A romance film starring Kieran O’Brien, Margo Stilly, and Huw Bunford which captures the intense sexual encounters between an American college student and a British glaciologist.

The Butcher
A horror film featuring You Dong-hun and Kim Sung-il which captures a slaughter house form the perspectives of both the victims and the killers.

The Paradise (Season One)
This romance television program starring Joanna Venderham, Emun Elliott, and Stephen Wight portrays the rag-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the charms of the modern world during the Victorian era.

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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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