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Louis L. Manderino Library

The Louis L. Manderino Library is committed to providing the resources needed to support the research needs of Cal U students and faculty. This includes a substantial collection of electronic and print journals, books (including e-books), online research databases, audiovisual materials (videos, DVDs, CDs), and U.S. and Pennsylvania government documents. In addition to our collections, the library provides both individual and collaborative study areas, including private rooms for group use. To help reduce the stress of studying, the library has vending machines with drinks and snacks, a collection of popular DVDs, and a selection of popular novels.

Electronic Resources

Computerized information retrieval has made library research faster, more thorough and more efficient. Using the library's online public access catalog, students can quickly locate books, audiovisual materials or government documents in the library's collection. Cal U students have access to an impressive collection of more than 41,000 online, full-text periodical titles. We also offer online books and reference resources (encyclopedias, literary resources, etc.).

All of the library's electronic resources are accessible from on- and off-campus locations. This allows students to do research from anywhere they have Internet access: campus, dorm, apartment, home, etc. Since the library seeks to provide the best resources for our students, visit the library's website at http://www.library.calu.edu to see the most current list and descriptions of our electronic resources.

Reference Services and Library Instruction

With so many resources and so much content available, it can be daunting to know how to find appropriate information efficiently. Our friendly reference librarians are available–in the library, by telephone, e-mail or chat–to help guide students in their research. Cal U librarians are faculty members and work with classroom professors to provide instruction to students regarding the effective use of library resources in their course work. Students are also welcome to seek additional research help by scheduling an individual consulting session with a librarian.

Shared Library Resources and Interlibrary Loan

In addition to our own collections, Cal U participates in several resource sharing programs that offer our patrons a wealth of additional resources. The course reserves system allows Cal U professors to make books and other materials available for student use in the library. Students with access to the campus library may use E-Z Borrow to order books for free, fast delivery from a number of university libraries in Pennsylvania, West Virgina, and New Jersey. When items are not available using E-Z Borrow, they can usually be ordered through our Interlibrary Loan Office.