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History Research Guide: Books and eBooks

Checking out Library Materials

  •  Use your current ELAC Student ID to check-out library materials.
  •  Check out up to 10 items at the Circulation Desk.
  • Books check out for 2 weeks. DVDs check out for 3 days.*

Borrowing from Cal State LA

ELAC students can check out books from Cal State LA with your ELAC ID card and a copy of your class schedule or current registration. 

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Search for books at Cal State LA Library Catalog here: CSULA Catalog

(Note: Be sure to call in advance to confirm that the book you're interested in is a available for checkout.)

Find eBooks!

ELAC Library offers many eBook collections with free 24/7 access for our ELAC students.

(Note: When you access eBooks off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your ACE Account.)

Find Books in the Library!

Find Books & DVDs on Your Topic!

1. Access the Library Catalog

2. Type in a broad subject or keywords in the text box. 

3. Click on the "words or phrase" button.

4. Browse your results.

5. Write down the call number and location of your chosen items.

6. Find the items on the shelf! 

* You can search the library catalog above for books at East Los Angeles College Library, South Gate Campus Library, and/or all LACCD college libraries at one time*

Tip 1: Use keywords to search the catalog! For example...

  • "racial inequality"
  • environmental justice
  • minimum wage 
  • race and criminal justice
  • Dolores Huerta

Tip 2: Browse the library Stacks by subject matter:

  • C History (Auxillary Sciences-Archaeology, Genealogy)
  • History (General and all except North and South America)
  • History (General U.S.)
  • History (Local U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America)
  • H Social Sciences (e.g. Economics, Sociology)
  • J Political Science
  • Law
  • Education 

Great Books You Can Find in Our Library

These books can be found at the Main Campus and/or the South Gate Library!

Write down the book's title and call number to find the book on the shelf or have them sent to the library via interlibrary loan.