ideaFest Journal is Hot Off the Press at Cal Poly Humboldt

cover of ideaFest Journal Volume 6 2022 The Press at Cal Poly Humboldt is pleased to announce publication of the latest ideaFest Journal: Interdisciplinary Journal of Creative Works and Research from Cal Poly Humboldt!

Read this volume and earlier ones for free through Digital Commons or purchase a printed copy.

Be sure to check out ideaFest at the end of spring semester where you can get a preview of the great works that might be published in the next edition!

The Listening Ear is in the Library!

Listening ear suggestion boxThe Library Diversity & Social Justice Team would like to hear from you!

Find the listening ear and answer these prompts:

What do libraries mean to you?
¿Qué significan las bibliotecas para ti?

What makes you feel welcome in the Library?
¿Qué te hace sentir vienvenido/a/x en la Biblioteca?

Write down your answers and drop them into the ear!

Thank you for your participation!

Faculty - Time to Get Your Textbooks on Reserve for Spring!

Access to textbooks and other required readings is essential to student success in our courses. However, that access is not always available, as these items can sometimes be prohibitively expensive for our students to access. Cal Poly Humboldt Library's Textbook on Reserves Program helps to improve student success on campus by providing free, easy access to textbooks and other required readings. Our Course Reserves Collection includes physical books, eBooks, and other course materials available for free check out to students enrolled in those classes. Learn more about our program by clicking here.

Faculty & Instructors: now is the time to get your requests for textbooks in for the Spring 2023 semester! We can accept instructor copies, will place books from the Library stacks on reserves, and we can purchase new texts as well, both physical and digital. Get your request in by Tuesday, January 3rd to give us the best opportunity to have materials available for students by the time instruction begins.

Course Materials on Reserve Request Form

Fall Library Newsletter Now Available

cover of Cal Poly Humboldt Library's Fall 2022 Newsletter

Check Out the Library, Cal Poly Humboldt's Newsletter is out with the Fall 2022 edition. Read about innovation at the Cal Poly Humboldt Library, plus new people, services, and collections:

  • Innovation & Makerspace @ Cal Poly Humboldt Library
  • The Press Offers Free eBook Downloads of Fiction Titles
  • Two New Librarians Join the Cal Poly Humboldt Library Team
  • The Brain Booth is Back
  • Library Welcomes Back Open House!
  • Welcome to the New Makerspace
  • SkillShops Help Students Take Control of their Academic Careers
  • Stay Connected with Us Through Social Media
  • The Brian D. Tripp Papers
  • Events: CDOR, Fred Korematsu Day, Authors Celebration
  • Voter Education at Cal Poly Humboldt
Indigenous Peoples' Week Oct 10-17

Cal Poly Humboldt's 29th annual Indigenous Peoples’ Week (IPW) honors Native American history, culture, and art and focuses on issues that impact Indigenous communities. It will be held Monday, October 10th through Monday, October 17th.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first adopted in 1992 in the city of Berkeley, California in place of Columbus Day. The recognition brings awareness to the injustices that took place against Native Americans as a result of Columbus’s false narrative of “discovering America.”

IPW events are coordinated by Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program, which has supported Native American Indian students for more than 50 years.

See the full schedule of events 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.

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.

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