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University Library

New User Guide

What do we offer?

Welcome to our Library! Here in our library you will find a wealth of information to support your scholarly efforts here at Cal Poly. We hope you will take a few minutes to go through this guide and learn some of the basics of using our library.

Bronco Access Card

Your Bronco Access Card is your library card: you will need it to check out books, enter the 24 hour computer lab and some of the study rooms. You should also obtain a library password (sometimes called a PIN), which you can create remotely. This PIN/Password allows you to use the Self Check Out Machines to check out books.  You will be using your Bronco name and Bronco password to access our databasese-books and e-journals from home.

You can familiarize yourself with our building by looking at our floor maps. Also, we have answered a lot of Frequently Asked Questions about how to get to places in library. You can learn about upcoming events here in the Library Calendar or by looking in the spotlight section of our Home Page. Here are our Library Hours. In our building, we have photocopying and printingscanningcharging stationsstudy spaces and study rooms, which you can now reserve online, as well as computer workstations, including a 24 hour computer lab. We also have a computer reservation system for most of the first floor computer workstations.  In our front lobby, we have a Starbucks. Like many other buildings on campus, we have wireless access.

Self Check Out Machine

To look for books or articles, use the search box at the top of this page. You can find student research projects and master's theses and projects in our institutional repository, Bronco Scholar. To get things we don't have in the Library, request materials via Document Delivery.

We have subject guides that suggest resources for your major or course. You can contact a subject librarian for help. To learn about basic library research methods, see our video tutorials. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Do you have a question for us? We may have answered your question already. If not, please email us at libref@cpp.edu, call us at (909) 869-3074, or visit us at the Library, building 15.

If you come to the library...

Things to bring with you if you come to the library:

  • Paper and pen or pencil for making notes (or an electronic device to do the same).
  • $1, $5, $10 or $20 bills to pay for printing using the Pharos printing system, or have your Bronco Card loaded with some BroncoBucks to pay for photocopying and printing (we do not have change).
  • USB compatible storage device (flash drive) for storing work or downloaded items (cloud storage will not work for microfilm or microfiche coppying),
  • Your Bronco Name and Bronco Password. Most of our computers require you to login.