Monday, December 17, 2018

CSM Library is Closed for Winter Break

See you Spring Semester!

We are closed for winter break. We'll be back Spring Semester. CSM Library reopens January 14 at 7:45am. Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Open Late for End of Semester

CSM Library offers extended study hours

woman studying

Monday - Thursday, December 3 - 6 and December 10-13 we are open until 10pm.

CSM Library Hours, 12/3 - 12/16

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:45am - 10:00pm
  • Friday: 7:45am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Additional Hours and Closure

  • Monday, December 17: 7:45am - 7:00pm
  • December 18 - January 14: Closed for Winter Break

Thursday, November 15, 2018

CSM Library is closed due to unhealthy air quality - Chat reference available Friday - Saturday

CSM campus is closed

Due to unhealthy air quality, classes are cancelled and campuses are closed at College of San Mateo, CaƱada College, and Skyline College now through Saturday. Classes and normal campus operations will resume Monday, November 19, 2018

Limited Library service will be available Friday & Saturday

The Library building remains closed through Sunday. However, online research support from a librarian is available Friday and Saturday.

Ask a Librarian - Chat Reference Service

As always, our online collections are available. Just login with your PLS Library card account. For information about your PLS Library card account, contact PLS Libraries that remain open.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Now Playing in Swank! New Streaming Films at CSM Library

November Films

Enjoy these new additions to Swank Digital Campus

CSM students, faculty, and staff may login with your Library Card to view films.

Woman wearing lingerie performing

3 women dancing

Man at a protest

two cowboys

Two people on streets at sunset

Man and woman standing together and smiling

A boy and girl and a train and a clock

Man with a camera

Friday, September 28, 2018

Fright Night! Get Ready for Halloween with Horror, Thrillers, & More From Swank Streaming Films

Halloween Favorites: Stream Films from Swank

Swank Digital Campus streaming film database

Film Studies is taking a dark turn this October!

All CSM students, faculty, and staff can join in and watch films--just log in to Swank using your library card account.

Carrie Get Out Scream The Shining
American Psycho Ex Machina Misery Pan's Labyrinth
Psycho Rope Seven The Silence of the Lambs

Please note that at this time Swank is not compatible with the Safari browser and mobile devices.

Got questions about using Swank Digital Campus? Contact a Librarian.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Wall Street Journal online now at CSM Library

The Wall Street Journal - Read ambitiously

In a world where education and career opportunities are more competitive than ever, the need for you to obtain broader perspectives on a variety of global business issues is a necessity. Which is why The College of San Mateo has joined The Wall Street Journal in a collaboration that will provide students and faculty full access to the Journal. The Journal provides career advice and ties real-world examples into what you learn, giving you the opportunity to enhance your educational experience and stay ahead.

You can use your school-sponsored WSJ membership to:

  • Research topics relevant to your courses and careers
  • Save and share pertinent articles with other students
  • Follow companies and industries that interest you
  • Track real-time stories and trends
  • Enjoy the most engaging coverage of arts, culture and life

Activate your school-sponsored Journal membership by going to:

Please note--you must be on campus to create an account. If you are an online student, please contact the CSM Library for help.

If you already have an account and have questions about your school-sponsored membership, call 1-800-JOURNAL or email 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Join Us for Our Summer Workshops: Make Warm Hats for Tiny Babies!

Join us for two workshops co-sponsored by the CSM Library Makerspace and San Mateo Athletic Club.

What: Knit or crochet hats for tiny babies. We provide supplies and tools. 
When: June 20, 11am-2pm or July 17, 11am-2pm
Where: CSM Library Classroom
Refreshments provided courtesy of San Mateo Athletic Club


Make hats on your own and drop them off during the library open hours before July 18. 

Questions? See the details on the flyer above or contact Cassandra King at 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Library on the Go! Download Our New Mobile App

Take College of San Mateo Library on the go! Our new mobile app turns your smartphone or tablet into a library at your fingertips. You can instantly tap into library resources...anytime, anywhere!

The modern design features a more intuitive and easy-to-read layout. Enhanced services allow you to checkout and download digital items from within the app, use an eCard version of your library card, access all of the library’s digital content providers, and much more.

New App Features

  • Manage your account (My Account), by logging in with your library card number and PIN.
  • Access your content (Bookshelf), renew materials, place/manage holds, and check/pay your account balance.
  • Use your eCard to check out materials.
  • Explore our entire catalog, read reviews, find similar items and locate a copy to pick up from any library within San Mateo County.
  • Locate your nearest San Mateo County Libraries location.
  • Access our Digital Collection in one convenient location. Borrow ebooks and other online content. You can even download some digital items from within the app.
  • See a book that looks interesting? Scan an ISBN barcode from the back of a book to see if a copy is available at one of our libraries.

How to Get Started

iOS & Android Devices
You can download the app by searching for San Mateo College Library in the Apple App store or Google Play store on your device or click the appropriate button below.

 Find it in the app store  Find the app on Google Play

CSM Library Summer Schedule

beach with a book on the sand


Summer Session Hours

June 11 - July 19 

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 7pm

July 23 - August 2

Monday - Thursday: 2pm - 7pm


Closed for Summer Break

The Library is closed:
  • May 26 - June 10
  • August 3 - August 14

Sunday, March 11, 2018

New Databases from ABC-CLIO at CSM Library

We have six new databases at CSM from ABC-CLIO. These databases will be helpful for many students of History, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, and more!

  • The African American Experience
  • The American Indian Experience
  • The Latino American Experience
  • Modern Genocide
  • Pop Culture Universe
  • World Religions

  • Library Card login is required if accessing from off-campus. Please let a librarian know if you need help using the database, or have questions about research.

    Oscar winning films available via Swank Digital Campus - a streaming film database for CSM students

    Some Oscar winning films are available for CSM students, faculty, and staff to stream free while logged in with your Library card.

    Here are few of the most recent Oscar winning films. Let us know if you have questions about using Swank Digital Campus.

    black man with tears running down his cheeks and the words get out, best original screenplay and a golden statuette
    an African American man and boy, the same person at two different ages, and the words Moonlight and Best picture 2016   a couple dancing outside against a night sky and the words La La Land best actress and best director 2016

    two beautiful women, one is transgender, and the words the Danish Girl, best supporting actress 2015   a woman's face who is part robot and standing next to a young man, and the words best visual effects 2015
    Browse all Swank Digital Campus titles. Library card login is required.

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    The Library will be closed March 8, 2018

    Flex Day at CSM means the Library will be closed.

    CSM will be closed for business on Thursday March 8, 2018, as faculty and staff are dedicating the day to professional development. We apologize for any convenience this may cause you.

    Fortunately, due to our partnership with the Peninsula Library System, there are other Libraries in the area that are open. Your PLS library card, including CSM Library cards, allow you to check out materials from any public library in San Mateo County.

    Please contact us if you have any questions during regular open hours.

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Free Films for Ethnic Studies courses, and the Umoja Learning Community

    Streaming Film from Swank Digital Campus!
    Free with your Library Card Account 

    Explore Swank Digital Campus, a database of streaming film titles selected for courses and learning communities at CSM. Available free to students, faculty, and staff of CSM with your PLS Library Card. Contact a librarian if you have questions.


    The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

    Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes. Directed by Barry Jenkins (2016).

    Featured for the Umoja Learning Community.


    Who do you become when you can't be yourself?

    A black teenager living in Brooklyn embraces her identity as a lesbian, but she struggles with how much she can confide in her parents.

    Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell, Sahra Mellesse. Directed by Dee Rees (2011).

    Featured for Professor Erin Persley's FILM 100: Intro to Film course.

    Get Out

    A brilliantly crafted thriller! 

    It's time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.

    Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones. Directed by Jordan Peele (2017).

    Recommended by Professor Robbie Baden. Featured for the Umoja Learning Community.


    In 1923, a black town in Florida was burned to the ground, its people murdered because of a lie. Some escaped and survived because of the courage and compassion of a few extraordinary people. This film is for them.

    Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Esther Rolle. John Singleton directed (1997).

    Featured in Dr. Frederick Gaines ETHN 288: African-American Cinema course.


    The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

    Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Michael Shannon. Directed by Jeff Nichols (2016).

    Featured for IDST 110: College 1 course taught by Professor Fi Tovo & Professor Allie Fasth.

    Additional Films Include:

    • Fruitvale Station (2013): Drama centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area father who was gunned down by a BART subway officer on New Year's Day in 2009, and whose murder shocked the nation after being captured on camera by his fellow passengers. [Selected for Umoja]
    • Do The Right Thing (1989): Racial tensions grow in a Brooklyn neighborhood on the hottest day of the summer. A Spike Lee joint. [Selected for FILM 100 & FILM 130]
    • Crash (2005): Ensemble drama about racism in present-day Los Angeles. Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon. Directed by Paul Haggis. [Selected for FILM 100]
    • Chi Raq (2015): A group of women take a vow of abstinence to help stop the violence in Chicago's South Side, stating that their pledge will only end when their men decide to bring peace to the city. Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson. A Spike Lee joint. [Selected for Umoja]
    • The Queen Of Katwe (2016): Biopic of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi traces her journey from the slums of Katwe, where she is forced to abandon her schooling at the age of nine, to the upper echelons of the chess world. Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo, Ntare Mwine, Madina Nalwanga, Martin Kabanza. Directed by Mira Nair. [Selected for ETHN 288]
    • Imitation Of Life (1934 Version): A widow builds up a business, aided by a black woman. Claudette Colbert, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Warren William. [Selected for ETHN 585]

    International Stories & Films of Interest:

    • District 9 (2009): A field operative is exposed to alien biotechnology while working in an internment camp for extraterrestrial refugees. [Selected for FILM 100]
    • Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (2014): Docudrama based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography chronicles his long struggle against apartheid and his contributions to South Africa. Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Jamie Bartlett. Directed by Justin Chadwick. [Selected for IDST 110]
    • Invictus (2009): Nelson Mandela inspires the South African rugby team to strive for the World Cup in hopes of soothing the country's racial tensions. Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern. Directed by Clint Eastwood. [Selected for IDST 110]
    • City of God (2002): Based on the novel by Paolo Lin about gangland violence in the slums of Rio in the 1960s and '70s. Shifting alliances result in a brutal gang war, which is documented on film by an amateur photographer. [Selected for FILM 100]
    • Running Dry (2005): The Global Water Crisis - RUNNING DRY is a comprehensive public information/education project, established to raise awareness regarding the worsening global humanitarian water crisis. The projects' centerpiece is an explosive and enlightening in-depth documentary. It was inspired by former U.S. Senator Paul Simon’s book TAPPED OUT. [Selected for International Education]

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Welcome to Spring Semester!

    CSM Library Faculty & Staff Wish You a Happy 2018!

    Welcome back to CSM Library! We are ready to help you meet your learning goals and find success this semester.

    Reach out to our faculty and staff to get help with your research projects or get answers for library account questions. Need to reach a specific faculty or staff member? Refer to our Staff Directory online.