Are you a Summer Student?

drawing of sun wearing sun glasses and reading a bookDuring Summer session, May 30-August 4, 2023, the Library is open:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8am-7pm
  • Friday: 8am-5pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 11am-7pm


  • Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day
  • Monday, June 19 for Juneteenth
  • Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day

More hours information is available here.

Research Help options/hours are available including email and 24/7 chat.

Online SkillShops are available all summer long and are a great way to get a head start on the fall semester.

Don't forget that you still have access to databases, the catalog, eBooks, other electronic resources, and ILL for electronic copies when you are off campus.

Check out textbooks on reserve to see if your instructor has made your text available for you to borrow.

Special Collections is open by appointment for the summer. Please do not hesitate to contact us at or call (707) 826-4072. Check our website for updates and to research online.


Free Summer Learning with L4Humboldt!

flyer for L4Humboldt

Formerly L4HSU, L4Humboldt is excited to host in-person summer workshops, running June 5th-August 11, 2023, 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 between 11am-2pm, or for two hours from 12pm-2pm. If you would like to schedule something outside of those hours, please contact us at

Gender Inclusive Restroom & Free Menstrual Products in Library

photo of all gender restrooms signA designated gender inclusive restroom is available on the 2nd floor of the Library, one of several designated gender inclusive restrooms on campus. In addition, the Library Diversity & Social Justice Working Group and the Dean of Students Office have secured funding for free access to menstrual products for all restrooms in the Library and the Gutswurrak Student Activities Center.

Read more about these campus improvements on the Library's blog, Our Whiteboard.

Settler Cannabis Book Reading & Celebration

Join us in celebrating the exciting book release of Settler Cannabis: From Gold Rush to Green Rush in Indigenous Northern California by Kaitlin Reed on Tuesday, May 23 in the Library Fishbowl, L209.

Young countercultural back-to-the-land settlers flocked to northwestern California beginning in the 1960s, and by the 1970s, unregulated cannabis production proliferated on Indigenous lands. As of 2021, the California cannabis economy was valued at $3.5 billion. In Settler Cannabis, Kaitlin Reed demonstrates how this "green rush" is only the most recent example of settler colonial resource extraction and wealth accumulation. Situating the cannabis industry within this broader legacy, the author traces patterns of resource rushing—first gold, then timber, then fish, and now cannabis—to reveal the ongoing impacts on Indigenous cultures, lands, waters, and bodies.

Reed shares this history to inform the path toward an alternative future, one that starts with the return of land to Indigenous stewardship and rejects the commodification and control of nature for profit. Combining archival research with testimonies and interviews with tribal members, tribal employees, and settler state employees, Settler Cannabis offers a groundbreaking analysis of the environmental consequences of cannabis cultivation that foregrounds Indigenous voices, experiences, and histories.

Books will not be available for purchase at this event due to printing issues, but we'll provide a flyer with a discount code for ordering. You can also attend the reading at the Northtown Books Thursday, June 8th to purchase the book and have Kaitlin sign your copies!

Box lunches, desserts, and drinks will be provided thanks to the generous support from Native American Studies and the Library.

Visiting Writer Nalo Hopkinson, Thursday, 4/27

This Thursday, April 27th, acclaimed queer Jamaican Canadian Afro-futurist sci-fi author Nalo Hopkinson will speak in the Library Fishbowl, L209, from 4-5:30pm.

This reading, public talk, and book-signing is sponsored by the Umoja Center, Office of Student Life, Cal Poly Humboldt Library, and the English Department's Visiting Writers Series.

Enjoy this 3-minute video introduction to Nalo Hopkinson and Afrofuturist speculative fiction: "Sci-fi: Why it's Radical for Black People to Imagine the Future."

Three very short stories by Hopkinson:

Library's Spring Newsletter Now Available!

Library Newsletter Spring 2023Check Out the Library's Spring 2023 Newsletter!

Read about all the exciting things happening in the Cal Poly Humboldt Library: Digital 3D Herbarium, Flight Simulator, Author celebrations, new staff, student experiences, Special Collections, digital publishing, and more.

Do you see something that you like in this issue? Visit the Library for a hands-on experience!

Do you have a Library story to share with the campus? Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to contact the Library Marketing & Outreach Team at to learn more about sharing a story in a future newsletter.


Take Off & Land at the Library!

photo of cockpit for new flight simulator Advanced aviation training for everyone will soon be possible with the new Library flight simulator. Support soaring dreams with the Library Aviation Fund today, and support the Cal Poly Humboldt flight simulator, student employment, and free simulator workshops

The Library Aviation Fund was established to support student interest in aviation, to provide much needed funding to employ flight simulator student assistants, and to maintain the recently donated flight simulator. You can read more about how Cal Poly Humboldt came to acquire the refurbished unit in Aviation Simulator to Land in Cal Poly Humboldt Library by alumni and supporter, Meg Godlewski.

The state-of-the-art simulator is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified advanced aviation training device, providing students, staff, faculty, and community members the hands-on opportunity to learn to fly. The flight simulator offers a highly realistic experience, with six screens and the ability to tilt and pitch. Take off from airports around the world and choose from multiple types of aircraft to fly.

Your gift will help the Library provide aviation-related jobs to students, giving them the experience and skills needed to be successful in aviation or in any other career. Student employment offered in the Library gives students a sense of community on their academic journey, and they can share their knowledge with free workshops open to all.. Contributions to the Library Aviation Fund will also help the Library cover the cost of routine maintenance and repairs so the simulator will remain in excellent condition for years to come.

With your support, we can ensure that Humboldt students and the community have access to cutting-edge flight training technology and training opportunities in aviation. Join us on this adventure in the virtual skies and make a gift today!

Visit the Library Aviation Fund at and read more about the flight simulator at

Thank you to the following generous supporters:

  • Alex Stillman
  • Heidi Moore-Guynup
  • Anonymous (3)
  • Elaine and Art Vellutato
  • Connie Stewart
  • Thomas Boyd
  • Jenn Capps
  • Tom Jackson Jr.
  • Mary Wicksten
  • Elly Mixsell
  • Cheryl Conner
  • Cyril Oberlander


Closed for Cesar Chavez Day, 3/31
image of Cesar Chavez with flag background reading March 31st the Library will be closed for Cesar Chavez Day

The Cal Poly Humboldt Library and campus will be closed on Friday, March 31st, in honor of Cesar Chavez Day.

Thesis & Project Formatting Help

flyer for thesis and project formatting workshopLearn how to meet formatting and accessibility requirements for your master’s thesis or project on Thursday, April 20th from 6-7pm in Library 121. This is your opportunity to talk with the person who will be reviewing your master's thesis or project.

Please take the Canvas training course ahead of time ( and bring any questions you might have. There are also drop-in office hours most Tuesdays from 3-5pm at the Library lobby reference desk.

Register here

Contact us anytime at

2023 ideaFest Registration Now Open!

ideaFest enter your research or project flyerThe Office of Research, Cal Poly Humboldt Library, and Marketing & Communications would like to invite you to participate in the 10th Annual ideaFest! Students, faculty, & staff from Cal Poly Humboldt will showcase research, live performances, creative projects, and more! The 2023 ideaFest will be held on Friday, May 5th.

Register here

This will be a great venue for students to display previously presented professional posters or multimedia presentations at this campus-wide research & creative activities symposium.

The deadline to register for ideaFest is Monday, April 24, 2023. Please note that MarCom will be available to print posters free of charge prior to the event. If you have any questions please contact the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs Foundation at (707) 826-4189 or email

We Want Your Book Suggestions

flyer for call for diverse STEM books

We are excited to announce that the Cal Poly Humboldt Library has been awarded a grant from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to support the acquisition of STEM-related resources that include the perspectives, experiences, and achievements of BIPOC, Female, LGBTQ, and other historically marginalized groups.

This effort is in keeping with the Library’s long-standing commitment to providing spaces and collections that are inclusive, relevant, and culturally responsive to the diverse population of students, staff, and faculty that make up our campus community.

Do you know of a book from a STEM-related field that you would like to recommend to help diversify the Library’s collection? You can participate by submitting a recommendation online, or by coming into the Library and submitting a written suggestion. Look for a display in the Library lobby coming soon!

Go to or scan this QR code to submit your book recommendations! 

Contact with any questions or concerns.

Celebrate Pi Day with the Library!

photo of blueberry pie with text Pi Day Tuesday, March 14 Humboldt Scholars Lab / Library, 3rd floorA mathematical and gourmet constant at the Cal Poly Humboldt Library is celebrating Pi Day with local pies and engaging conversations. Please join us for an opportunity to celebrate the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Let us know or share your recommended inspiring or fun book or movie on the topic of mathematics like those mentioned below. We will also have trivia and brief presentations about the 3D Digital Herbarium project and the Humboldt GIS Data Archive project.

We hope to see you in the Humboldt Scholar Lab, 3rd floor, on March 14 at 1:59pm to celebrate Pi Day by eating delicious pie! 

In the meantime, please enjoy these recommendations:

Please RSVP at so we get enough pies!

Open Education Week March 6-10

Open Educaitonal Week flyerCelebrate Open Education Week March 6-10, and learn about maximizing the power of the internet to make education more affordable, accessible, and effective with Open Educational Resources (OER) Sustaninable Learning. Find available OERs for your discipline or learn how to create your own.

Read about the Cal Poly Humboldt's Sustainable Learning Program as we work to reduce the need for costly textbooks through peer-reviewed open textbooks, online teaching and learning materials, and textbooks on reserve.

New Weekly Makerspace MeetUps!

graphic of Library makerspace meetupsMeet other makers with a variety of interests and skill levels at the Makerspace MeetUps. These are informal working times connected to a maker topic where you can chat with a student assistant in the makerspace, work on an existing project you've started, or get inspired by what other people are working on in the space. Ask the Makerspace Student Assistants to help get you started if you're new to the topic of the MeetUp, or share what you know about the topic with others.

  • Music Production, Mondays, 4-6pm
  • Practicing Stitch Craft, Thursdays, 2-4pm
  • All the Small Things: Making Miniature, Fridays, 2:30-4pm
  • Green Screen MeetUp (Library 120, first floor) on Friday 2/24 and 3/10 from 1-2pm

*MeetUps are not scheduled for Spring Break Week (3/13-3/17)

Thank You Authors!

group photo of authors from cal poly humboldt library's 9th annual authors celebration

We love our authors and we love our readers!
Congratulations and thank you for celebrating with us at our 9th Annual Authors Celebration on February 14, 2023.

It's never too late to submit your work!  Published articles, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, poetry, recordings, musical compositions, theses, special projects, posters, and more, are accepted. Search for yourself in the Authors & Publications List and send us any corrections, links, or additions.

More information on the Cal Poly Humboldt Authors Hall website with this year's photos coming soon!

Social Justice Summit 2023

flyer for social justice summit 2023The Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Center presents the 29th Annual Social Justice Summit, March 1-3, 2023.

The Social Justice Summit is an educational and safe space that allows us to question and challenge the narratives instilled within us. Our purpose is to amplify BIPOC, queer, disabled, and other intersectional voices and experiences and to hold safe & compassionate spaces for dialogue.

The theme for this year's event is Surviving & Thriving, a changed version of the phrase “thrive, not survive.” Marginalized students generally live in a state of survival where they simply exist without being able to flourish, creating and worsening mental health conditions. Thriving is growth, flourishing, and prospering- the standard of living that everyone should have. This year's theme will discuss these topics, how they can co-exist, provide opportunities for thriving, and more.

Speakers include Dr. Melina Abdullah and PJ Raval, plus a drag panel, and many more events Wednesday through Friday. See the full schedule at

Student Feedback Needed for Librarian

The Library Faculty Personnel Committee welcomes your assistance in the evaluations of Cataloging Librarian Lucy Ingrey.

If you have experience working with Lucy, we invite you to share your feedback with the Committee.

Please address your comments to the Library Faculty Personnel Committee and submit via your Humboldt email to

Please include "Feedback on Lucy Ingrey" in the subject line.

Deadline for receipt is Friday, March 17, 2023.

Thank you!

Green Screen Meetup

Green Screen Meetup Interested in learning how to use a green screen? Come by The Studio (Library 120) on Fridays from 1-2pm for drop in green screen lessons where you can learn how to shoot and edit a green screen scene for any video project. No equipment or experience necessary. Email any questions about the event to

Scheduled dates: February 24 and March 3 (more dates may be added and/or time may change after Spring Break)

Pieces of Our Lives Exhibit

Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI) will share the exhibit, Pieces of Our Lives: Family Artifacts from Behind Barbed Wire, returning to the Cal Poly Humboldt Library for the 3rd time. The exhibit will be up February 14-26, 2023,  in recognition of the Day of Remembrance (February 19th, the signing of EO 9066). It explores the social and personal impact of the mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. On display in the large case off of the lobby will be family objects from the Humboldt County Japanese American Community who were either forcibly removed from their home and incarcerated as children or whose grandparents, mothers, fathers, uncles and aunts were imprisoned in incarceration camps during WWII. There will be ten large banners about the ten camps and different aspects about the camps in the Library's Nordstrom Lobby.

Additional events of interest:

Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 5:30pm in the Great Hall (CCC260) - Akemi Kochiyama, grandaughter of civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama, will speak on The past, present, and future of solidarity between Black and Asian communities

Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4pm by the Library's large case exhibit - Pieces of Our Lives: Family Artifacts from Behind Barbed Wire - family members will share stories about the artifacts and answer questions

For more information, see

MSBR Meditation at the Library!

Join Josh Nelson on Tuesdays 6-7pm in Library 208 (by the Brain Booth) for free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Meditation. Sessions run February 28th to April 25, excluding Spring Break Week.

Drop-in to learn how to mitigage stress, improve concentration, and improve awareness. No prior experience necessary.

Learn more from the Brain Booth libguide.