Finding Books, eBooks and Videos

1. How are the books stacks arranged?

They are arranged in Library of Congress classification order, from A to Z. You will find the entire Library of Congress number for a book in the eLibrary online catalog. Reference books, which are books that are for Library use only, are in a separate Reference area near the front of the Library on the low shelves. eLibrary will specify a book's location as Reference, Bookstacks, or Reserve.

2. How do I find a book in the Cuesta library?

Use Cuesta's online catalog, eLibrary.

3. How do I access the Library catalog (eLibrary) from home?

You can access the library catalog from any computer with an Internet connection by going to the library webpage at http://library.cuesta.edu, then clicking on eLibrary under Find a Book.

4. How do I put a checked-out item on hold?

Find the book in Cuesta's online catalog (eLibrary). When viewing the item's record, click the "request" button on eLibrary's top navigation bar, then click the "place holds" link. Enter your library card number as your User ID or your student (Banner) ID as your Alt ID. The PIN is the last 4 Banner digits. Select the pickup location you prefer. Then click "place hold." Or come to the Circulation Desk and ask a staff member to put it on hold for you. We will telephone you as soon as the item is available.

5. How can I get a book sent from one Cuesta campus to the other?

Find the book in Cuesta's online catalog (eLibrary). When viewing the item's record, click the "request" button on eLibrary's top navigation bar, then click the "place holds" link. Enter your library card number as your User ID or your student (Banner) ID as your Alt ID, with the last 4 Banner digits as the PIN, and select the pickup location you prefer. Then click "place hold." Or go to the Circulation Desk and request that the book be sent from the other campus. There is a 24-hour turnaround time on intercampus requests.

6. How can I get a book that is not available at Cuesta? Is Interlibrary Loan available?

First, ask a librarian to help you find out if the material might be available. If not, you can try other local libraries, such as Kennedy Library at Cal Poly or the SLO public library. Cuesta students are allowed to check out books from the Cal Poly library, but need to have their current student ID or a copy of their current registration. Any resident of this county can use the public library system if they have a free public library card. Both Cal Poly and the public library system's online catalogs can be found by going to the Cuesta Library homepage under Find a Book. Choose Other Library Catalogs. If they don't have what you need, you can try an Interlibrary Loan.

7. Where are Reserve books located?

The reserve materials at both campuses are located behind the Circulation Desks, and may be checked out using your Cuesta College library card or Cuesta College student body card.

8. What are eBooks? Are eBooks available to non-students?

eBooks are full text print books that you access and read online. In eLibrary, they appear on your results list with ONLINE as the call number, and a location (on the right side of the list of results page) of Internet. See the eBooks page for information on how to access the eBooks from on or off campus.

9. How do I find eBooks?

eBooks can be located through Cuesta's online catalog eLibrary and have call number ONLINE and the location "Internet." See the eBooks page for information on how to access the eBooks from on or off campus.

10. Do I need any special software to view eBooks?

eBooks are electronic books – full text versions of printed books saved as Adobe Acrobat .pdf files. They can be read on any computer with Internet access. You will need an Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer to read them. This software might be already installed on your computer, or it is available for free from Adobe Acrobat. 

11. How do I access eBooks from off campus?

See the eBooks page for information on how to access the eBooks from on or off campus.

12. Can I print eBooks?

You can print some pages of some eBooks. Look for the print icon in the PDF file. eBooks are subject to copyright and use restrictions. You will see a warning message from NetLibrary if you try to print more pages than is allowed.