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For Distance Learners


The Library provides online access to 100+ databases, over 30,000 online full-text journals, over 125,000 e-books and streaming videos, and even print materials to our Distance Education students. We also offer online research help services, and tutorials to help you through the research process.

Who qualifies as a Distance Learner?

In order to use our services for Distance Learners, you must be registered in an officially-designated "Distance Education" program:

  • CSU Long Beach's Masters in Social Work joint program
  • Educational Leadership Doctoral program
  • Liberal Studies Ukiah program

If you are currently enrolled in a distance education program at another campus of the California State University (CSU) you may check out books at Sonoma State with your current library card or campus ID. You must have a CSU campus ID or library card that indicates you are registered for the current term in order to be eligible for services from the Library.

If you are a student in a distance education program at an institution that is not part of the CSU system, we are unable to offer you library services. Please check with your home institution to see what library services they offer.

How do I get off-campus access?

You will need:

  • A valid Seawolf ID

If you don't have a valid Seawolf ID (or don't know if you have one), contact the IT Tech Help desk at 707-664-4357.

Search the Library's resources from the Library homepage, and enter your Seawolf ID and password if prompted. You will have access to our full-text resources, including e-books, streaming video, and e-journals.

How do I get research help?

Research Help is available via:

  • Email—usually within 24 hours
  • 24/7 Chat Help—Chat real-time with a librarian or library assistant.
  • 707-664-2375—You'll get immediate assistance during Library open hours.
  • Tutorials on using our resources and research techniques.