The University Libraries of the California State University, East Bay have supported the school's commitment to the advancement of knowledge since the inception of the university itself, back in 1957. Demonstrating the historical importance of the library to the campus, our founding librarian, Floyd R. Erickson was only the third administrator hired to shape the new university (after the president and executive dean). Under Erickson's guidance, a carefully balanced academic research collection was established, along with a unique Special Collections room that bears his name.
In subsequent years, a vigorous academic collection has been nurtured, and – at the same time – the library has proactively embraced consortia, the advancing system-wide telecommunication infrastructure, and new local technologies – all with an eye to making our patrons' research and study experience both easy and enjoyable (students can now access numerous databases from home, 24/7; they can borrow laptops for use within the library, or bring in their own for use on our secure local networks).
The current library building opened its doors in 1972, and an additional new library at the Concord Center was dedicated in 1990, expanding our reach into the East Bay community. These two brick-and-mortar spaces serve as anchors to a rapidly growing and increasingly efficient information delivery system, tended by dedicated faculty and service staff who put our patrons and their needs first.