Featured Books - Curated Book Collections

The booklists on this page were compiled by CSUSM University Library faculty and staff and can be used as a starting place to explore titles related to specific themes. 

CSUSM students, faculty and staff will need to sign in with their CSUSM account to borrow the books and e-books listed. For help using any e-books in the library's collections, please email cda-issues@csusm.edu

College & Finals Success 

These e-books will help you set yourself up for success!  

"The secrets of college success" 

"College Success Guaranteed: 5 Rules to Make It Happen" 

"Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Focus on Self-Regulated Learning" 

"Increasing Persistence: Research-based Strategies for College Student Success" 


The CSUSM University Library is proud to celebrate and honor Junteenth!  We are offering the e-book title below.

On Juneteenth 

Instructions for downloading the ebook to a mobile device using the recommended "Libby" app are available here: https://help.overdrive.com/en-us/1307.html

We also invite you to explore books by the prominent Black authors listed below.

Alex Haley

Angela Davis

Ibram X. Kendi

Isabel Wilkerson

James Baldwin

Langston Hughes

Maya Angelou

Octavia Butler

Toni Morrison


June is Pride month! We invite you to explore the titles below.

"Transgender History" 

"As Normal As Possible: Negotiating Sexuality and Gender in Mainland China and Hong Kong" 

"Transgender Voice: Beyond Women and Men"

"Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing"

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) 

May is APIDA Heritage month! We invite you to explore the titles below.

"They Called Us Enemy"

"The Making of Asian America: A History"

"The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism"

"Every Day is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women"