March 31, 2014

Annual Library Services Student Survey

Hello Marymount Students:

We need your help!  Please take a few minutes to click on the following link and complete the annual Library Services Survey:

                              Marymount Library Survey 2013-14

We use this information to improve library services, so your input is extremely valuable.

Once you complete the survey, you can enter to win ONE of TWO Amazon Gift Cards!  

Simply follow these instructions to enter:

1.     Print the survey completion page.

2.     Put your Name and Student ID on this printed page.

3.     Return this printed page with your Name and Student ID to the Library front desk by April 30, 2014.

Winners will be announced during Finals week.  Only Marymount students may enter.

It’s as simple as that.  Help us to help you by completing this short survey.

March 21, 2014

What's New @ MCU Library

Welcome Back 
Spring Breakers!

We are now nearing the home stretch of the semester and academic year. Keep up the good work! While you have been away enjoying your brief vacation from school, your MCU librarians have remained hard at work preparing the library for your return. While away the library has undergone a few changes. This month we are transitioning away from the field of Psychology and are now highlighting the theme of Animation. This emphasis includes a display in the front of the library containing a variety of materials relating to the production, history, and business of Animation. Our display includes a variety of library materials including eBooks and print books currently available in the catalog.

Some of the featured ebooks in our display include the the Animated Movie Guide, the Art of Stop-Motion Animation, and Hollywood Cartoons. You can find these titles by clicking on the links or by searching in our card catalog under the ebooks tab. Print materials that are available include Animated Cartoons, the World History of Animation, and the Biography of Walt Disney. These titles are available in the library for checkout along with many more covering the whole spectrum of Animation.

Along with the new display the library has included two more databases into our library collection. We now have access to American Chemical Society (ACS) and Wiley Online Library. Both of these databases can be found under our e-resources tab on the library homepage.

American Chemical Society
 American Chemical Society is one of the world's premier scientific research organizations and one of the leading sources of authoritative scientific research. The ACS database gives us access to over 60 scientific journals spanning such fields as Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, and Biotechnology.
Wiley Online Library

Wiley Online Library offer's one of the world's broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collections in the Sciences. It contains online resources in the academic fields of life, health, social and physical sciences. The collection gives the library access to over four million articles from 1,500 journals, 14,000 ebooks, and hundreds of reference works.

The MCU library is also back to our original library hours starting March 22, 2014.
Spring Semester: Mon-Thurs 8-8 / Fri 8-4 / Sat-Sun 11-5

If you have any questions be sure to contact one of our librarians via phone, email, or in person.

Phone: (310) 303-7260

Oceanview Campus
Cecilia Hall 200

January 17, 2014

The Happiness Index Project has arrived at Marymount

"Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others." 


This month the library is celebrating "Happiness." This is in support of the Happiness Index Project (HIP), an interdisciplinary research initiative Marymount California University is conducting on the well-being of the people that reside in Lake County, CA. This initiative will utilize Marymount students and faculty in field research efforts aiming to identify metrics of well-being for Lake County residents assessing their overall quality of life and regional identity. The initiative beginning this Spring will continue through 2014 and beyond.

Display on Happiness
Happiness Studies LibGuide

In support of this endeavor the library has focused on Happiness Studies by incorporating a "Happiness display" showcasing some of the library resources we currently offer. The library has also created a Happiness Library Guide highlighting the discipline of Happiness Studies spanning multiple academic fields. This guide lists print and electronic resources relevant to the various academic fields and can be found on the library website.

Books: Featured below to the left is one of our 300 books in the library covering the subject of Happiness. The book, Happiness and Education represents just one of the multitude of books available in the library print collection.

eBooks: The library hosts over 85,000 eBooks online through multiple eBook providers. One example on the right from our extensive eBook Collection is The Pursuit of Happiness: an economy of well-being. This title along with many others is available for viewing through the library catalog.

e-Resources: Along with our extensive book collections the library subscribes to multiple online databases and journals containing millions of accessible research articles. Databases that might be relevant for the study of Happiness include Academic Search Premier, PsycARTICLES, ProQuest Psychology Journals, and Salem Health. The library also provides databases with statistical information such as Statistica and Statistical Insight. Finally, the library has access to online video content through Films on Demand. A TED talk by Dan Gilbert titled, Why are we Happy? Why aren't we Happy? is one such example. All of these resources are available through the library website.

If you have any questions or need help in your research visit a librarian during our hours of operation, call us at (310) 303-7260,  or email us at

November 12, 2013

Entrepreneurship takes center stage at Marymount Library

"The best way to predict the future is to create it." 

- Peter Drucker

This month Marymount Library is emphasizing all things entrepreneurial. This includes showcasing library resources for entrepreneurs available both electronically and in print.  Here are a few of the resources we have on this exciting topic:

 Books:  We have several entrepreneur books, including: Bill Gates Business @ the Speed of Thought, The Search for Social Entrepreneurship, and The Entrepreneur Next Door. These titles represent just a small sample of the more than hundreds  available resources on this subject in our catalog.

eBooks:  We have several about entrepreneurship that are available electronically through the library. Titles include: In The Name of Entrepreneurship, Linking Entrepreneurship Education to Graduate Education, and Making Ecopreneurs: Developing Sustainable Entrepreneurship. The library has access to over 1,200 eBooks related to entrepreneurship available through ebrary.

We also have access to over 300 audio/visual items on the subject of entrepreneurship available through streaming via Films on Demand. Film titles like Eco-preneurs: business goes green, Capitalize on your Investment: Veterans in Business, still serving America, and Collaborative Entrepreneurship, represent just a few to choose from. All of these great resources can be found via the library catalog.

e-Resources:  You have access to multiple databases for finding business related information, including company profiles (e.g. Hoover's, First Research, Lexis Nexis); industry data and statistics; (e.g. Statistica, Statistical Insight); and databases for business reference and news (e.g. Business Source Elite, Credo Reference, ProQuest Library: Business).                    
                                                         Click Here for More Information!

This library's recognition of Entrepreneurship also coincides with Marymount California's partnership with the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce in bringing you the Munch & Learn lecture: Five Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs. This lecture is on Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. Information on the event can be found at here.

October 1, 2013

Marymount Freshman, T.J. Richards, Publishes Book

We are happy to report that we have an author in Marymount's Freshman Class!

T.J. Richards has written a book titled Michael Divine: The Fallen.  T.J. has written and published the first in a fictional, action adventure series. 

According to the book's description, Michael is an Archangel that fell from Heaven.  Gabriel, one of Heaven's most fearsome angels, has been searching for Michael for a long period of time. Michael believes to have finally spotted him; that's when Michael's world is about to turn upside-down.

As far as Michael is concerned, he is your average high school senior, soon to graduate.  Michael's world starts to change dramatically when a series of strange occurrences start to happen and he receives an encounter with a mysterious visitor.  Michael comes to find out that he is not who he thought he was.

What happens to Michael?  Luckily, T.J. has graciously donated a copy of his book to the Marymount library.  You can come by and check out Michael Divine: The Fallen to find out for yourself.  Also, his book is available for purchase on Barnes & Noble's website.

We are looking forward to seeing more of T.J.'s work in the near future!

September 24, 2013

Banned Books Week 2013

Marymount Library is celebrating Banned Books Week (September 22−28) which is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read.

The purpose of this event, which is typically held during the last week of September, is to highlight the value of free and open access to information in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, including those that may be considered unorthodox or unpopular. The American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country stress the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all whom wish to read them, and to keep banned or challenged materials publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions.

So for this week (and for the next month), talk to your students, colleagues, and fellow educators about a banned or censored book. Bring awareness to the problem of censorship and celebrate our freedom to read!

For more information about Banned Books Week or a list of banned and challenged books, visit and/or ALA's informational website.

Visit the library for the next month to view our list of banned books on our display board, or borrow a banned book today!

September 21, 2013

'One Book One Peninsula' Featured in PV News

Alan Wang, the "Gar-Ball" designer.
(Photo by Annie Lubinsky, Peninsula News)
With more One Book One Peninsula (OBOP) program activities coming up, including the Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle Festival to be held at Marymount California University on September 27, the community-wide common reading program has been featured on Palos Verdes Peninsula News! In collaboration with Palos Verdes Library District, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, and Palos Verdes Art Center, we have truly united our community to discuss and take action in regards to this year's book selection and overall theme: Garbology.

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, by Edward Humes, provides an eye-opening account of just how much our society wastes, the cost of it, and how some families, communities, and nations are finding a way back from waste so that our legacy to the future won't be buried in our landfills.

The Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle Festival will take place on September 27 from 12 PM to 1:30 PM and will feature interactive games and demos. The festival will also feature the "Gar-Ball," an art piece created by Palos Verdes Art Center intern Alan Wang, that is designed to collect empty plastic water bottles. In addition, Garbology Author, Edward Humes will be on campus from 12 to 1pm! Attendance is free.

To read the OBOP feature article, visit Palo Verdes Peninsula News:

For more information on other OBOP events, visit the One Book One Peninsula Facebook page:

Pick up a copy of Garbology today in the Marymount Bookstore or check it out from our library.