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Cal State Long Beach Bookstore

Bookstore Sue worked at the Bookstore while going to CSULB...  To this day we go the the Alumni Bookstore Christmas Party...  Great discounts and great prices.  We usually go about the 10th of December or thereabouts.


California State University, Long Beach (also known as Cal State Long Beach, CSU Long Beach, Long Beach State, CSULB, LBSU, or The Beach) is the second largest campus of the California State University system and the third largest university in the state of California in terms of enrollment. The University is located at the southeastern coastal tip of Los Angeles County, less than a mile from the border with Orange County.

Established in 1949 by California Governor Earl Warren to serve the rapidly expanding post World War II population of Orange and Southern Los Angeles counties, Cal State Long Beach hasn't always been held in the same esteem as it is today. But over the years, CSULB has overcome its exceedingly humble beginnings and grown to be one of the state's largest and most well-respected universities.

Cal State Long Beach Campus

At its inception, the institution was known as Los Angeles-Orange County State College. It consisted of 25 courses taught by 13 faculty members in two apartment buildings at 5381 Anaheim Road in Long Beach. In June 1950, the citizens of Long Beach voted overwhelmingly to purchase 320 acres as a permanent campus for the college, now known as Long Beach State College. The purchase price was nearly $1,000,000. Utilizing the new location, the school began to establish itself as a permanent presence in the area, and as a result its student enrollment grew rapidly.

By 1960, the student body had skyrocketed to more than 10,000 students, and by 1966 that number would reach 20,000. In 1964, LBSC changed its name to California State College at Long Beach in an effort to unify with the state system and enhance its prestige (it was renamed California State College, Long Beach in 1968).

In 1965, CSCLB hosted the first International Sculpture Symposium to be held in the United States and the first at a college or university. Six sculptors from around the world and two from the United States created many of the monumental sculptures seen today on the campus. The event received national media attention from newspapers around the country including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Art in America and a six-page color spread in Fortune Magazine.

The school acquired university status in 1972 along with 12 other state college campuses. The promotion was decided by the Board of Trustees of the California State University system, according to total enrollment, size of graduate programs, complexity and diversity of majors and number of doctorates held by faculty at each college. CSCLB became CSULB.