Library News

Banned Books Week and Readout

Banned Books week is September 18-24, 2022.

Help us celebrate and bring awareness to this issue by joining in the Read Out on Thursday, September 22, 5-7pm, Nordstrom Lobby, Cal Poly Humboldt Library.

Read more about how you can participate in the Read Out via our blog post, Cal Poly Humboldt Library Set to Host Banned Books Read Out.

Learn more about banned books, including the Top Ten Frequently Callenged Books of 2021 in the Banned Books Week libguide.

Pick a favorite banned or challenged book and register to join us on Thursday!

Weekly Makers Materials Swap

Weekly Makers Materials Swap--Share materials with your peers for sustainability

Do you have craft, art, or other maker-related materials that you don't need and are looking to trade for something you do need with your fellow students? Bring your unwanted or extra materials to swap with others at the Maker Materials Swap at the Library Makerspace (2nd floor) every Friday from 4-5pm. Here you can exchange materials, talk with other makers who might be artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, people who are enthusiastically or casually engaged in maker activities, or just curious about the makerspace. This event relies on community involvement. ROSE will be providing some recycled office supplies at the event.

In order to maintain this space for sharing, repurposing, and recycling materials, we ask that you take with you materials that you are unable to make a swap or pass them on to other learners. The makerspace does not have the capacity to recycle materials for you or store materials. This is a trade only event--no money is to be exchanged/sales made. Please do not bring sharp tools to trade such as utility or craft blades.

Read more about the Makerspace in Library 205 at

Looking for Study Space in the Library?

photo of groups studying with individuals studying in the backgroundLooking for a quiet study area? Need an individual or group study space? You can find all kinds of space to meet your needs in the Library. Get more information at Finding Study Space in the Library.

In addition to the spaces, all other rooms are available for use unless reserved, as shown by the schedule posted outside the door. Please help yourself to a room as long as use is compatible with Library functions and does not interfere with normal Library operations.

We are constantly striving to make the best possible spaces to ensure student success, including collecting and analyzing seating use, and encourage comments and suggestions on how to do so.

24/7 Chat Reference Now Available!

Try the library's new 24/7 Chat for Research HelpTry the Library's new 24/7 chat for research help. Chat with a librarian and get help with your research - anytime of the day or night!

Learn more at

Raspberry Pi MeetUp Hour

Raspberry Pi MeetUp Hour Thursday 7-8pm in the MakerspaceJoin us in the Makerspace, 2nd floor of the Library, on Thursdays from 7-8pm to create a project with a Raspberry Pi.

Everyone welcome to learn and create! Contact for details or with any questions.

You're Invited to the Library Ribbon Cutting, Wednesday, September 21st

cal poly humboldt library ribbon cutting save the date september 21 2022 3-5pm more details to follow all are welcome refreshments providedThe University Library invites the Cal Poly Humboldt campus community and the Arcata community to the Library ribbon cutting ceremony event.

On Wednesday, September 21 at 3pm on the steps of the Library, we will have a ribbon cutting ceremony where Provost Jenn Capps, Library Dean Cyril Oberlander, and Associated Students President Juan Giovanni Guerrero will speak about the reopening of the Library, the remarkable collaboration by all that made this milestone possible and what it means to our students.

Following the ribbon cutting, come inside the Library and take a self-guided passport tour of all four floors and rediscover your favorite places. See what spaces have changed, the new services we provide and what remains ever a classic. Start your tour in the newly renovated lower level, home to vital student support services and make your way all the way to the third floor where Special Collections and the Center for Teaching & Learning support researchers and teachers. During your journey be sure to explore the digital dissection table, the Makerspace, the augmented reality sandbox, the flight simulator and the Brain Booth, as well as, the Learning Center, The Press, and the Cal Poly Humboldt Authors Hall.

As you travel around the Library enjoy coffee, cookies and brownies and fill your passport with stamps from our eight student-inspired spaces to be eligible for a Library souvenir that will remind you why the Cal Poly Humboldt Library is a favorite destination for all.

Makerspace Open House!

flyer for Library Makerspace Open House September 8, 1-4pmJoin us to try out a few maker projects, learn about the equipment we have in the space and other tools you can use in-house or borrow to take home, and about programming that will be available this semester. Partners across campus joining us for tabling include ROSE, CCAT, Brain Booth, and YES.

Activity stations will include: Button Making, Collage and Zines, Virtual Reality Collaborative Drawing, circular knitting, and more!

Read more about the new Makerspace or contact for details or with any questions.

Meet Resource Sharing & Acquisitions Support Specialist Rawan Almakhloog

photo of Rawan AlmakhloogCal Poly Humboldt graduate and former library student assistant, Rawan Almakhloog, has joined the Library staff as a Resource Sharing and Acquisitions Support Specialist. That means she can help you find the resources you need through Interlibrary Loan from other libraries in the CSU and around the world!

Read more about Rawan on the Library blog, Our Whiteboard.

Campus Dialogue on Race (CDOR) proposals now being accepted!

The 24th Annual Campus/Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR) will be held Oct. 24th - 28th, 2022

The CDOR proposals are now open here.

Proposal Guidelines: Your proposal should aim to do one or both of the following:

  • Enhance the vision of the Campus/Community Dialogue on Race; and
  • Provide opportunities for analysis, reflection, dialogue and positive strategies for change centered on the theme "Truth Telling for Liberation."


CDOR is an annual event at Cal Poly Humboldt that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. Our objective is to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change. This year's theme is: Truth Telling for Liberation

Celebrating 24 years of CDOR, this year's Dialogue will run from October 24th (Mon) through October 28th (Fri), featuring Udodiri Okwandu (Tuesday, October 25th) and Cornelius Minor (Thursday, Oct. 27th) in virtual presentations. We will also have Jiggy Yoon (Wednesday, October 26th) in person at the College of the Redwoods.

The vision of Campus & Community Dialogue on Race is to achieve racial, social, and environmental justice. The purpose of the program is to promote and facilitate social and environmental change by engaging a diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints to explore the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression. In addition, students can earn a unit of credit in ES 317, Campus & Community Dialogue on Race.

Please visit for more information such as potential workshop ideas.

Career Clothing Closet Now Open!
image of shirts and jackets on hangers

Did you know that you can get FREE gently-used career clothing at the Academic and Career Advising Center? The Career Clothing Closet is now open in the lower level of the Library Monday-Friday, 10am-1pm.

This service is available to all Cal Poly Humboldt students with a current student ID. If you are unable to visit the Closet during regular open hours, please email to arrange an appointment.

Have you Published this Year? Then You're an Author!

photo of "I'm an author!" name tagWe love our Cal Poly Humboldt Authors and celebrate them every February 14th in the Authors Hall, Library 2nd Floor!

Did you publish in 2022 or before?  Do we have you on the Authors & Publications Lists? If not, please fill out the form letting us know that you are an author! If you are already on the list, thank you and feel free to add more titles or correct the information that we have.

Books, journal articles, music scores, CDs, DVDs, and other published items are eligible for entry. Links to publications are greatly appreciated and added. Thank you to all who have submitted their work and please keep them coming!

More information can be found on the Authors Hall website at

Meet the Sustainability Librarian Morgan Barker

photo of Morgan BarkerPlease welcome Morgan Barker, Cal Poly Humboldt's new Sustainability Librarian!

Morgan joins us from the Center for Teaching & Learning and you can read more about her on Our Whiteboard Blog.


OneSearch Updates

We are updating OneSearch, the library's discovery layer and catalog, to help you more easily meet your research goals. Cal Poly Humboldt Library's collections are now available in a one-stop search experience, making this the easiest way to discover our local, unique resources. OneSearch is your place to find books (both physical and digital), CDs and DVDs, articles, microfilm, local history, and more. We've updated the experience to begin your search of all of Humboldt's materials, with the option to expand your search to include materials from other libraries worldwide that you can request, free of charge to current students, faculty, and staff.

For more information about how to use OneSearch, get search tips, and request materials from other libraries via Resource Sharing, and more, visit our OneSearch Help Guide:

Meet College of Professional Studies Librarian Amanda Dinscore

Amanda Dinscore, the new College of Professional Studies Librarian, joins the library staff on August 15th to help with your research and instructional needs.

Read more about her on Our Whiteboard Blog and please welcome her to campus!

New Resources to Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion!

The Library is very pleased to provide new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) resources to support research in Ethnic Studies and other disciplines. Explore 200 years of Indigenous print journalism, 70+ years of the African-American owned L.A. Sentinel weekly newspaper, the history of race relations, records related to Japanese-American incarceration during WWII, and more in the following databases:

  • Ethnic Diversity Source
  • American Indian Histories and Cultures
  • American Indian Newspapers
  • Race Relations in America
  • Historical Newspapers - Los Angeles Sentinel, 1934-2005
  • History Vault - Japanese American Incarceratoin, Records of the War Relocation Authority 1942-1946

Read more about these valuable resources available through the Cal Poly Humboldt Library on the blog, Our Whiteboard.



New Blog Post: Library Scholar Internships

Library Scholar interns lead projects such as researching and writing for the web, curating exhibits and engagement programs, creating presentations, and text layout and digitization for the Press@Humboldt. Students benefit from project-based learning and undergraduate research opportunities that produce hands-on learning in Special Collectins, Digital Media, or Scholarly Communication.

Read more in our blog at Library Scholar Internships: Experiential Learning in the Library.

Meet Library Staff Rio Nicholson

Check out our newest blog post on Rio Nicholson, the new Access Services Support Specialist working with Course Reserves, events, and more!

Go to Our Whiteboard for more information about our other fabulous staff, new items in your library, and other exciting news.

Community and Innovation at Cal Poly Humboldt Library

Cyril Oberlander, Dean of the Cal Poly Humboldt Library shares the Library's transformation into a place with more than books during this OLLI Brown Bag Lunch Presentation on May 16, 2022. Take a virtual tour to see how smart space changes have increased the use and popularity of the University Library and hear what other exciting things are happening here! Some examples from the slideshow are below:

Transformation of the 3rd floor, north, after seating study

photo of library 3rd floor space in 2015 and 2018 showing differences

Images of other interactive areas found in the building: Flight Simulator, Anatomage Table, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality

Images of other things found in the building: Flight Simulator, Anatomage Table, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality areas

For more information about OLLI and their Brown Bag Presentations go to

Free Summer Learning with L4Humboldt!

L4Humboldt Building Bridges & Connecting Communities logo

Formerly L4HSU, L4Humboldt is excited to host in-person summer workshops, running June 6th-July 29th, 2022, offering fun opportunities to connect with the campus and community. L4Humboldt is short for LifeLong Learning Lounge at Cal Poly Humboldt and the theme continues with "Building Bridges & Connecting Communities." This is a campus and community social learning opportunity where people come together, share their knowledge, play while learning, and make meaningful connections with each other during the summer. Anyone can offer a workshop during this summer series of workshops!

Submit your proposal at

Previous workshop titles included:

  • Found and Recycled Art and Creativity Session
  • Me & Whiteness
  • Bullet Journaling 101
  • Leadership Tool Kit
  • Uke Jam
  • Rockin’ HSU
  • Tea Ceremony
  • Leader as Coach
  • Historical Walking Tour

Workshops will be offered in-person Monday - Friday for one hour from 12pm-1pm or 1pm-2pm, or for two hours from 12pm-2pm. If you would like to schedule something outside of those hours, please contact us at

An Evening All About the Pacific Crest Trail with Rees Hughes

flyer for Crossing Paths book reading and discussionNew Date - Wednesday, May 25th, 5:30-7pm!


Rees Hughes, co-editor of CROSSING PATHS: A PACIFIC CREST TRAILSIDE READER will celebrate the release of this book, talk about the trail, and show a few photos, read a couple of stories, and answer questions. .

This event is sponsored by the Cal Poly Humboldt Library.


Parking Permit will be required. For more info:

For the latest campus covid restrictions, please visit:

For other questions, please email Kumi at or call (707) 826-5656.