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This LibGuide lists frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Circulation Services

Q: How do I contact the Library and how late is the Library open?

A: Library staff is available at: (323) 563 4869 or by email:  You can also reach us via web chat at (or click here) to submit a question in the chat box.  

SPRING 2024 Library hours (effective 4/18/24)

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Library staff will notify all in-person users of imminent closure 30 minutes prior to close,

Q: Can I check out books from the Library?

A: Students are welcome to check out print books. Student must present a valid CDU ID card with a current Library registration bar code on the card to borrow materials. Loan periods are:

  • RESERVE books: 2 hour in-library use only.
  • HIGH DEMAND books: generally Current course textbooks; 7 days/no renewal
  • CIRCULATING books: 21 days

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Laptop Loan, Printing & Poster Services

May I borrow a laptop from the Library?

A: The Library has loaner laptops available for four (4) hours/day loans, no overnight. Student must present a valid CDU ID card with a current Library bar code. 

If a laptop is needed for an extended period of time, please contact the Office of Student Life:

Q: How can I print my documents in Library?  Can I print from my wireless device (laptop, phone)?

A: The Library has a copier/printer available for student use near the Circulation Desk.  Print instruction link: Attachments - OneDrive (    Wireless printing is not available.

Q: How much does it cost to print in the Library?

A: Prints are $0.07 for black/white.  Color prints are $0.10 per page.

Q: Do you offer poster printing services?

A: Yes. Please email your request to  Click here for Library Poster Services LibGuide for instruction on how to get your poster printed.  Please give us advance notice of at least 3 working days as there may be additional time needed to fulfill your request.

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Library Resources FAQ (SPSS, EndNote, & e-articles/journals/databases)

Q:  How to request SPSS or EndNote?

A:  Please email to request SPSS or EndNote.  Please indicate if your device is a MAC or PC,

Q:  Are any of my course textbooks on Online Reserve?

A:  Yes.  Most of your assigned course textbooks are available as e-books.  The titles are listed in the LibGuide for each CDU academic program.  Go to the Library’s home page ( and click the link for your academic program.  Online textbooks are listed for current semester then by course number. You must log on the CDU web to access.

Q:  What e-books can I access?

A:  You can use any of the Library licensed e-books from off campus by going through the CDU Library website. E-book “packages” or platforms are licensed by the Library from a variety of vendors. We have access to more than 200,000 titles across five platforms. There is no way to search titles across all platforms in a single search. The e-books libguide provides links to each vendor package, describes strategies for finding useful books, and displays a subject guide to e-books. You must log in to the CDU web to access e-books.

Q: What databases are available for me to complete my research?

A:  The Library has access to a variety of databases for finding quality health, biomedical and academic information. All databases are available through the CDU web and can be used off-campus.  Our databases are configured to provide links to the full-text articles from all CDU Library subscribed journals when available. See the Databases LibGuide for a description of the databases and their links.

At CDU, the most popular database resources are:

  • PubMed ( ).  Coverage includes clinical medicine, biomedical science, and health care.  Follow the gold CDU icon on the abstract to link to available full text.  You will have to log in to the CDU web to see the full text.
  • CINAHL:  Follow the link in the Quicklinks box on the Library’s home page.  Again, you will have to log in to the CDU web.  This database focuses on nursing and allied health professions going back to 1946.  A link to the article accompanies each citation as available.  Click on “External Link Icon” to proceed to the full text links if available.

Q:  What journals does the CDU library subscribe to?

A:  All of the journals accessible remotely are listed in the “Journal Master List.”  There is a link to the Journal Master List on the CDU Library’s home page, in the “Collections” group.  You can browse the list by the title of the journal, or you can search for a title.  Each entry gives you one or more links to the title and the dates of availability of full text.  You will have to log in through the CDU web to access the titles.

Q:  How do I find an article?

A:  This has two answers:

  1. If you have a subject or topic to find articles about, select an appropriate database.  Follow the guide above to see what is available.  Enter your search terms and run the search.  View the results to determine which retrieved articles are relevant to your search topic.  Click on the link or icon to proceed to the link box and retrieve the article.
  2. If you have been given a reference to an article, with journal title, date, pages, etc., use the Journal Master List to find the title on its website.  Use the date, volume, issue, and pages to navigate to the article.

Q: Does the CDU have access to any streaming video resources?

A:  Yes.  The CDU Library subscribes to the Films on Demand Health collection (200+ healh-related videos), see Quicklinks .  Additionally, each e-book platform has videos available for general or title-specific review. Videos can also be found in the research databases dependent on the subject matter. You will have to log in. For more information contact

Reference & Research Services FAQ

Q: What type of librarian support can I receive for my term/research paper?

A: Librarians are available to provide training on database searching, constructing search strategies, APA formatting, and Endnote.

Q: Can I get librarian help with a Systematic or Scoping review?

A: Librarians are available to provide assistance with reviews. It is best to make an appointment (in-person or remote).to schedule a time that works for both you and the CDU librarian.

Q: How do I make a librarian appointment for assistance with my research or review? 

A: Please send your request to:  Please include your contact info (name, program, course, email and/or phone), some details on your topic, what databases you have tried or research results. 

Q: How do I contact a librarian?

A: You may contact a librarian by sending an email to: Your request will be forwarded to the librarian on duty for a quick response.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) FAQ

Q: What is the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service?

A: ILL is a service that enables CDU students and faculty to obtain materials that are not available from library’s print or electronic resources. 

Q: How do I place an ILL request?

A: When you searched for a journal article or any other materials that CDU does not own, you will see a page that will have a link to the ILL request form.

The ILL Request form can be found on the library home page:

Or you can CLICK HERE to access the form.

Q: How soon can I expect my request be filled?

A: It will most likely take 5-7 working days to fill a request.  

Q: How will I get notified when my request is filled?

A: As soon as your request is filled, you will be notified via email. You should get the article delivered by email as a PDF.

Q: What type of materials can be requested?

A: At present, we are only able to process ILL request for journal articles. E-book chapters, test prep or Board-review materials are not available for loan.

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