Library Services for Faculty

The following information contains links to HSU Library services and resources important to faculty in their instruction and research.


Work with your librarian to design the best level of instruction for your course:

  • Basic research skills introduction
  • Course-integrated instruction
  • Special topics workshops

While some library instruction can be conducted in a one-time class meeting, librarians are available to meet with your class over multiple sessions throughout the semester/research process.  All library instruction must be contextualized with a specific assignment the students will be completing for the course.

Librarians will work with faculty to develop Research Guides as well as instructional materials for use in face-to-face or online/hybrid courses.

Please use this form to request librarian assistance in collaborating on classroom instruction, integrating library resources into Moodle, using primary source material in your course, using Zotero, and providing Library instruction.  If you would like to reserve a room in the Library (Lab 121, L114, or the Fishbowl) without library instruction, please use the room reservation form.

Library Lab 121 Policy for Use - The primary purpose of the lab is to provide instruction for library and research skills.  Priorities and types of use for the lab:

  1. Library instruction by librarians. These sessions may be single events or a series. These may be affiliated with a scheduled course or drop-in workshops.
  2. Computer lab, open for students and faculty to use when not otherwise scheduled.
  3. Library instruction taught by non-librarians. These sessions, typically taught by the course instructor, are for the purpose of orienting students to the use of online resources. Instructors will be limited to two sessions per semester for each class section starting week six.  Requests for the lab before week 6 will be considered on a case-by-case basis with confirmation the week before the class is held.

Each semester, the HSU Library offers workshops designed to strengthen students' research skills and use of online tools. Faculty and instructors can encourage student attendance at library workshops, and even offer credit for students that attend a workshop (proof of attendance available to students upon request).

Workshops are free, but we ask that you RSVP for planning purposes. Walk-ins are always welcome if space is available. Workshops are held in Library Room 114 or Library Lab 121.

Do you have a group interested in a workshop at another time? Are you an instructor who would like us to keep track of student attendance for course credit? Contact Sarah Fay Philips with all questions.

Loan Periods

The loan period for books from the main stacks is an academic year with 3 renewals if no holds/recalls are placed. Loan periods for other materials (CDs, DVDs, maps, periodicals, etc.) are limited. A current HSU ID card must be presented at the Circulation Desk for all checkouts. Interlibrary Loan and Hold/Recall& services, as well as remote access to our licensed databases are available to HSU faculty.

Affordable Learning Solutions

The CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative is designed to enable faculty to choose and provide quality educational content that is more affordable for their students.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) such as open textbooks and lesson plans are a more sustainable way to include content in your course. They can help lower your students' costs and provide a forum for collaboration between colleagues and institutions. By using content that can be adapted and improved upon, you are participating in and contributing to the knowledge base in your discipline.

Visit our OER Guide and the Affordable Learning Solutions link above to find resources for your classes or help us by recommending your favorite. Working on your own OER? Share with us so that we can promote your work!

Course Reserves
Collection Development
  • Library Faculty by College - contact the librarian responsible for collection development and instruction in your curricular area.
  • Suggestion for Purchase Form
  • Choice Reviews Online - reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education.
  • New Titles - search new materials added to the HSU Library in the last four months. Limit by collection or time period; search by keyword; sort by call number, author or title.
  • E-Books - purchasing options and using eBooks in class.
Humboldt Digital Scholar

Add a digital copy of your scholarly research to Humboldt's growing collection of institutional scholarship. Increase its visibility worldwide.

Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery
  • CSU Catalog - search the combined CSU Catalog of all 23 libraries and request items using the built-in interlibrary loan system.
  • Database links - most databases available in Articles and Databases include linking at the article level to an interlibrary loan form if the article is not available locally.
Library Media

Includes directions for reserving videos/DVDs for classroom instruction.


In addition to presentations and poetry readings that are scheduled throughout the year, the HSU Library hosts annual events which faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to attend.

The annual HSU Authors Celebration honors HSU authors for their scholarship and creative work, including published articles, books, book chapters, special issues of journals, substantive encyclopedia entries, poetry, musical compositions, audio recordings, film/video recordings, and art exhibition catalogs. A bibliography  will be compiled annually. Any member of the Humboldt State University community, including authors themselves, may submit the names of faculty, staff, students, and alumni using this form.

The HSU Authors Hall, a circulating collection of books, CDs, and DVDs, is located in the Helen Everett Reading Room on the Library’s second floor. Copyright permitting, articles and other digital works may be added to Humboldt Digital Scholar.