Giving to the Library

Advancing Student Success, Enhancing Learning & Scholarship, Fostering Community

The Cal Poly Humboldt University Library continues to transform to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff. This year, we are focused on providing students with paid internships that are high-impact, project-based learning opportunities. In addition, to lower the cost of a college education, we are raising funds for Textbooks on Reserve; providing equal access to required readings for students who otherwise would be unable to purchase textbooks. We are also raising funds for much needed student-centered spaces and for expanding the relevance and currency of our collections. Read more about the recent giving and impact of your support.

Transform Student Lives

Affording College with Textbooks on Reserve

Every student should be able to access required readings, however, some textbooks cost more than $300. To help, we raise funds to buy expensive textbooks and provide short-term checkouts to students. Read on for more information...

Students studying The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt

Imagine waves of graduates leaving Cal Poly Humboldt, year in and year out, skilled, experienced, and confident to engage the world in written communication. Imagine a place where Cal Poly Humboldt and Humboldt community voices and knowledge can be shared with the world. The Press provides that opportunity. The Press is a digital, open-access, author-friendly, community-focused, student-operated university press that publishes high-quality scholarly, intellectual, and creative works by or in support of our campus community. The Press is dedicated to the Cal Poly Humboldt vision to improve the human condition and our environment by sharing knowledge, connecting communities, and promoting understanding of social, economic, and environmental issues. Read on for more information...

Special Collections

Cal Poly Humboldt's Special Collections is the region’s premier location to research the history and communities of northwestern California. We provide open access to Humboldt students and researchers from around the world to a unique collection of photographs, maps, rare books, and archival materials. By providing paid student employment opportunities and internships, Special Collections is working to add archival material to our ever expanding digital collections. Read on for more information...Strengthening Library Collections

Library Scholar Internships

Library Scholar interns earn real world experience in research, digital media, and publishing through project-based learning.  These high-impact learning experiences give hands-on training, team building, and publishing opportunities to produce work that shares Humboldt's unique collections and learning worldwide. Your gift can help Cal Poly Humboldt students achieve their dream.  Read on for more information...

Transform the Cal Poly Humboldt University Library to enhance student learning

With four to five thousand visits every day, the Cal Poly Humboldt Library serves as the heart of campus learning.

The University Library is committed to offering our students the tools and guidance they need to flourish in their studies and their careers. There are several opportunities at the Library to support the success of students, including, funding the creation of state-of-the-art collaborative workspaces to life‐changing Humboldt Scholars Internships. Read more about the Library in our latest newsletter and please consider donating to an area below where you can help with the Library's transformation.

Student Centered Spaces

Student Centered Learning Spaces

The vision for Humboldt Library is to provide a variety of dynamic and flexible learning opportunities for students. Special Collections & University Archives and the Center for Teaching and Learning opened in 2018. Future renovations include building an active learning classroom for 35 students, and a large conference lecture room with 85 seats. Enhancing student learning experiences at the Library need to include adding up-to-date technologies; 3D printing and poster printing, virtual reality design and simulations are emerging as crucial skills for future Humboldt graduates. Your interest and contributions to the Library at this uniquely transformative time can transform student lives. Opportunities include:

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Van Kirk & Vinyard Research Collection

Humboldt County is home to many whose efforts serve a greater good. Susie Van Kirk and Lucille Vinyard lived lives of purpose-driven action. The Library is tasked with turning their research, journals, documents, and memoirs into a curated, physical and digital collection. Contributions to this collection will make their legacies available worldwide. Read on for more information...

graphic with text for brain boothCal Poly Humboldt Library Brain Booth

The Library Brain Booth addresses an essential need for mindfulness by students and all are welcome. Students struggle with stress and anxiety, among challenges in a fast-paced society, which negatively impacts their academic performance and well-being. To help students succeed, the Brain Booth is an experiential space and resources where students can learn about the mind body connection, reduce stress and optimize learning. The Brain Booth offers mindfulness practices through Intentional Brain Breaks and activities that support Emotional Self-Regulation and foster Singular Thoughtful Focus.

We strive to support all Humboldt students at their point of need and we can achieve that with your help. As a student shared recently, "Thank you for thinking and helping us with our well being and stress we endure. The brain booth is amazing! Thank you!" Read on for more information and consider giving at

Strengthening Library Collections

Financial support is needed to add new print books to the Cal Poly Humboldt University Library Collection and excitement to the shelves. Because of the annual increasing costs of journals and databases, we have been unable to keep up with new print books. Your donations can help build areas or disciplines you specify. Read on for more information...

Give Now Support Cal Poly Humboldt Students & Programs

Library Giving & Your Impact

Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends, the Cal Poly Humboldt Library continues to be the heart of the campus. These investments are crucial to making a difference in the lives of our students and the future at Humboldt, your support makes us stronger and better able to address the needs of our students.

Library Giving Makes a Difference Year
30 Student Interns 2015-2020
24 Circulating Chromebooks 2017
11 Circulating Laptops 2017
10 New Group Study Areas (2nd floor) 2017
New Special Collections Area 2017-2018
Special Collections Project Librarian 2017-2019
Circulating DML Equipment (4 cameras, VR Goggles, accessories) 2017-2019
New Print Books & Media 2017-2020
3-D Printer & Supplies 2019-2020
Software Platform for Special Collection Images 2020-2021