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Tabletop Gaming In Our Library: Home

This page acts as a hub for all things gaming-related in our library

Upcoming Gaming Events

It is soon time for Fall Monthly Game Days!

Third Thursdays, 1-4pm
Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21
in CORE 338! 

Coming Soon in the Fall...
Teachable Tuesdays: Tabletop Games!
4-5pm CORE 306

Teachable Tuesdays: Tabletop Games 4-5pm CORE 306 - Learn New Games!

Where to Begin

Not sure what game to begin with? That's okay! Choosing a place to start can feel overwhelming, lucky for you there are multiple guides and reviews for the best starter board games.  Check out one of the ones below if you need help deciding which game to play first! 


Come Game With Us!

Do you like to play board games, card games, dice games, any games?

Join us in the Library as we host various gaming events! With a growing collection of games in the Library CORE, you are sure to find one you are wanting to try. Beginning in Fall 2024, I will be hosting Teachable Tuesdays: Tabletop Games (4-5pm in CORE 206)

If you are a student, staff, or faculty at Cal State East Bay, you can now borrow games and bring them home to play. Here are a list of the games we have made loanable: 

Game Title (w link to record in Library Catalog) Player Count
7 Wonders 2-7
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game 3-6
Apples to Apples 4-10
Azul 2-4
Bears v. Babies 2-5
Betrayal at House on the Hill 3-6
Blank Slate 3-8
Cards Against Humanity 4-30
Cards Against Humanity - Family Edition 4-30
Castle Panic 1-6
Cat in the Box 2-5
Chess Set (The Dog Artist Collection) 2
Choose Your Own Adventure: War with the Evil Power Master 1-99
Clue: Harry Potter 3-5
Codenames 2-8 (teams ideal)
Codenames: Disney, Family Edition 2-8 (teams ideal)
Codenames: Duet 2-6
Codenames: Pictures 2-8 (teams ideal)
Cranium: Turbo Edition 4-99
Crazy 8's 2-4
Disney Villainous 2-6
Dixit 3-6
Dragon Castle 1-4
Dream Crush 2-6
Dungeons & Dragons: Starter Set 2-6 (1 DM and 1-5 players)
Exploding Kittens (party pack) 2-10
Fluxx 2-6
For Sale 3-6
Forbidden Island 2-4
Forbidden Sky 2-5
Green Team Wins 3-12
Head Trip 3-10
Herd Mentality 4-20
Hues & Cues 3-10
Incan Gold 3-8
Jenga 1-8
Just One 3-7
King of Tokyo Monster Box 2-6
Kingdomino 2-4
Legendary: Marvel Deck Building Game 1-5
Love Letter 2-4
Machi Koro 2-4
Marrakech 2-4
Marvel Champions: The Card Game 1-4
Monopoly 2-6
Monopoly: Barbie Edition 2-4
Monopoly: Marvel Avengers 2-6
Munchkin Loot Letter 2-4
No Thanks! 3-7
One Night Ultimate Werewolf 3-10
Onirim with 7 Expansions 1-2
Pandemic 2-4
Poetry for Neanderthals 2-12
Qwirkle 2-4
Revolution! 3-4
Risk The Game of Strategic Conquest 2-6
Rook Card Game 2-6
Scrabble 2-4
Sequence 2-12
Skull 3-6
Smash Up 2-4
Smash Up Pretty Pretty Expansion 2
Spirit Island 1-4
Spot it! Fire & Ice 2-8
Sushi Go! 2-5
Tacocat Spelled Backwards 2
Telestrations Party Pack 4-12
That’s Not A Hat 3-8
The Crew 2-4
The Game of Life 2-4
The Game of Life: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 2-6
The Mind 2-4
There Has Been a Murder 3-8
Ticket to Ride 2-5
Tsuro of the Seas 2-8
Wavelength 2-12
Wingspan 1-5
Wits & Wagers 3-7

These games can be picked up on the short shelves next to the children's books and then taken to the Checkout Desk to be borrowed. Up to two games may be checked out at a time with a one-week renewal. Please double, triple-check to make sure all parts are back in the game before you return it. Thank you! 

Email (the Gaming Librarian) if you have any questions, recommendations, or want to donate games! 

Your Gaming Librarian!

More Info on Tabletop Games

More Games in the CSUEB Game Zone!

Over in the Old UU, there is a Game Zone, and they also have board games that you can check out. Email if you have any questions regarding their games. 


Many thanks to MLIS Interns, Ethan Weinschenk and Devon Simpson, for their contributions to this LibGuide! 

Land Acknowledgement

As a member of the Cal State East Bay community with an office on the Hayward campus, I acknowledge that I am a guest on the unceded land of the First People of this region, the present-day Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area (formerly Verona Band of Alameda County). I support the sovereignty of this Chochenyo-Ohlone-speaking tribal group and other indigenous peoples. Full CSUEB Muwekma Ohlone Tribal Land Acknowledgement  / Whose land are you on?