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What Are Periodicals?

Periodicals are materials such as magazines, newspapers, journals, and newsletters that are published at regular intervals. The Library subscribes to a variety of periodicals covering a wide range of topics and interests. The Library carries over 90 titles in print with many more available in full-text through our databases.

You can borrow periodicals to read in the library by asking at the Periodicals Desk, located right before the reference desk.

To see if we carry a specific magazine or journal, search for the title or ISSN (the periodical’s unique identification number) in WebPAC Pro, the Library’s online catalog:


Why Use Periodicals?

  • Periodicals cover events more quickly than books.
  • Periodicals contain articles on very specific subjects.
  • Periodicals often describe research in greater detail than books.
  • Periodicals are more likely to cover local events and topics.

 Periodicals Assistance

Staff are available at the Periodicals Desk during open hours to assist you with accessing and using periodicals. For additional information, please contact Sarah Gallardo at (510) 436-2555 or visit the Periodicals Desk in person.