Below are "quick links" you can use to explore the Library's book holdings in a sampling of subject areas. For more comprehensive searching, use the Library Catalog research tool.
Arts & Literature
Biography / History / Social Justice
Personal Growth / Empowerment
Search the contents of specialized subject encyclopedias and reference books:
If you need to find definitions and/or background and overview information on a topic, reference books (such as specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries) can be helpful. The library offers the following two multidisciplinary reference databases that allow you to search the content of hundreds of online reference books simultaneously:
The CIRCUIT interface allows you to search for and request books from the collections of SDSU, UCSD, USD, CSUSM, San Diego Public Library system, and San Diego County Library system libraries. Connect to the San Diego CIRCUIT website to learn more about how to use this free interlibrary borrowing service that is available to anyone with a public library card.