Imperial Valley Library

Border Collection

The IV Campus Library’s Border Collection includes books and periodicals covering the wide spectrum of environmental, political, and historical issues affecting the Imperial Valley and Mexicali Border region.





Library Computers

The Library has a number of computers for searching the Catalog, doing research, word processing, accessing course reserves and other University services. It also offers printing, copier as well as scanning services.






Study Rooms

The Library has 3 study rooms available for group study. Each room offers a computer with internet access for doing reasearch, work processing and other University services. forThere is a 2 hour per room use limit. The study rooms can be reserved at the Circulation Desk.








SDSUcard is the official identification for San Diego State University. The SDSUcard enables students, faculty and staff to have library privileges, verification for University services and events, and provides increased usability.

To get your SDSUcard, pay $18 at the Cashiers Office and bring your receipt to the Library’s Circulation Desk. Library staff will take your photograph and within about 5 minutes your SDSUcard will be ready.

Hours to get SDSUcards

During the first two weeks of the semester any time the Library is open.

Monday - Thursday 11am-1pm, 3pm-4pm & 5pm-7pm
Fridays 11am-1pm & 2pm-3pm






Books Located only at the SDSU-IV Library

If you want to limit your search for books in the SDSU Library catalog that are located only at the IV Library, click on the ‘Books’ tab in the Search All box of the main campus Library homepage. Then click on the checkbox that says “IV campus only”. You can search by Keyword, Title, Author/Creator, or Subject. Note: there is also a ‘Library’ filter available anytime you have a page of results that you can use to restrict to the IV Library collection.






Requesting books from San Diego campus library, Circuit, CSU+, or Inter-Library Loan

From the San Diego Campus Library

Students, faculty and staff may have books delivered from the San Diego Campus Library using the “Request/Hold” option in the item record. This is a free service for books that are located at the San Diego Campus Library, or IV Campus Library books that are currently checked-out. Search the Library Catalog for the book you want, then click the “Sign in for more options” button under the title and select “Place a hold on this item”. Follow the prompts to enter your information. You will receive an email when the book is ready for pick-up (usually 3-4 days). 

Borrowing from other libraries: Circuit, CSU+, Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

If the book you want is not in the SDSU Library Catalog, or the book is currently checked-out, you may request the book to be sent to the IV Campus Library via Circuit. Circuit is a consortium of San Diego libraries sharing books. Normally the book is delivered within 3 or 4 days. Other options include CSU+ and Inter-Library Loan. See Borrowing from other libraries for full information.