Library Services for Students

This page contains links to HSU Library services of special interest to students.
Loan Periods
Loan periods for books from the main stacks are 3 weeks with 3 renewals for undergraduate students and a semester with 6 renewals for graduate students if no holds/recalls are placed.  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 students.
Research Help

Research Help Desk - Reference Librarians are available for walk up service six days a week at the library.  Ask any question and get help with your research projects and assignments.  If you can't drop by, give the Research Help Desk a call at 826-3418.

Library Faculty by CollegeLibrarians are available by appointment for individual consultation on your information research needs.  Contact them by telephone or email.

QuestionPoint -  Get research help anytime (24/7), anywhere through this electronic research help service.  Ask anything, really.

Begin Research - Go through an interactive, online tutorial in research skills, or select from a number of more advanced and specialized online tutorials and videos.

Books and Media - Start by looking for materials at HSU in the HSU Library Catalog.  The catalog has close to a million records for all types of materials that you have access to immediately, not just books, but video, electronic books, magazines and more. 

HSU Theses - The Library Catalog has over 3500 HSU theses produced since 1950. You can browse by degree and/or enter a subject or title keyword or phrase, author or year. Results can be sorted by author, title or year. Most theses from Fall 2005 are available fulltext in Humboldt Digital Scholar.

Interlibrary Loan -If you don't find what you're looking for in the Library catalog, you're not out of luck.  We can help you find materials from other CSU libraries and libraries throughout the world.  The CSU Catalog searches the combined CSU Catalog of all 23 libraries and request items using the built-in interlibrary loan system.  Articles + will also search the other CSU libraries and libraries world wide for interlibrary loan requesting.

Information Management - a critical part of the student research process is keeping track of references (citations)—journal papers, books, web pages, images, quotations, etc.—that support your research so that you can properly cite them in your work using a required publication style. Zotero is the recommended reference management tool for HSU students. Attend a free workshop to get started.

Humboldt Digital Scholar - add a digital copy of your completed thesis to Humboldt's growing collection of institutional scholarship. Increase its visibility worldwide. See Getting Started with Humboldt Digital Scholar.

Journals and Magazines
The HSU library offers you access to well over 70,000 journals and magazines.  While we still have some printed journals, including a browsing section of more popular titles on the second floor, the vast majority of our journals are online, electronic only.  If you know of a title that you want to see, use our Journal and Newspaper Finder to look up a title or browse by subject categories.

If you are looking for articles on a subject or topic, use Articles + or select one of our specialized databases from our Articles and Databases pages.  A whole lot of our journals and magazines are available in full text online, but if you see a link to Find It @ HSU, click it.  The Find It @ HSU service links all of our full text electronic journals together and automatically connects you to Interlibrary Loan when we don't have a subscription.


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.