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College of San Mateo Library

Distance Education: The Basics

Frequently Asked Questions

What library resources and services are available to me as a distance education student?

You have access to nearly all the same library resources and services that a student attending classes on campus has--librarians can help you with research or citations, staff can help you with your library account, and more. You can access research materials using your OneLogin account (see below).

However, some resources are not available online. Common examples include course reserve textbooks, DVDs, and special archival materials, etc. These can only be accessed in person at the library. Please contact us if you are having trouble finding what you need, so we can assist you.

How do I access resources online?

Students an now login to all of our databases and online resources using their SMCCD OneLogin account. This account uses the same username and password as your Canvas account and allows you to access all of our online resources. Learn more about using OneLogin.

Peninsula Library System (PLS) library cards are no longer used to access the CSM Library's online resources.

How do I talk to a librarian?

To contact a librarian in person, on the phone, text, chat, or email, visit Ask a Librarian. During open hours, we will respond to phone, text, and chat right away.