Prefinals Brain Booth Hours Added
students using the virtual reality viewers

The Multicultural Center is hosting the Brain Booth on Friday afternoons from 2-3pm in Library 208.  Drop-ins on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30pm are also available.

During prefinals, additional drop-in hours are available Tuesday, May 1st from 3-4pm and Thursday, May 3rd from 2-4pm.

Everyone is welcome to try out biofeedback, sound and light therapy, VR goggles, coloring, meditation, and other activities that promote international brain breaks and support emotional self-regulation and singular thoughtful focus.  Read more about the many benefits in the Brain Booth research guide.

Global Cafe takes you to Yemen, Wednesday 4/25 @ 4pm
Global Cafe

Have you ever wanted to learn about the culture of other countries and taste their traditional foods? Come to the Global Cafe, sponsored by HSU Clubs & Activities and Associated Students, catered by Dining Services, and held in the Library Fishbowl: 

  • Germany - February 21st, 2-3pm
  • Pakistan - March 6th, 5-6pm
  • Italy - March 21st, 4-5pm
  • Japan - April 3rd, 4:30-5:30
  • Vietnam - April 18th, 4-5pm
  • Yemen - April 25th, 4-5pm

For more information, contact the Clubs office at 826-3776 or

Seeking Faculty Librarian (12-month, Temporary)
ideaFest on the 2nd floor

Humboldt State University Library seeks a forward-thinking, service and team-oriented Teaching and Learning Librarian who is interested in instruction and programming for undergraduate student success. This temporary 12-month position carries faculty rank. Early career applicants are encouraged to apply. Please view the Job Description: Library (Pool Job #7227) for complete details about the duties of the position.

HSU Library offers opportunities to be creative in instruction and programming, and encourages librarians to develop projects related to their individual goals. If you are interested in collaborating with librarians, faculty, students, and staff in support of teaching, learning and research this may be the job for you. Check out our Annual Report to see what HSU Library has done to foster a community that supports scholarship, creativity, and innovation on campus.

Humboldt State is a public institution and part of the 23-campus California State University system. HSU has over 7,500 students and offers a wide array of academic choices, with 51 majors and 12 graduate programs in three Colleges. Faculty members are among the top teachers and researchers in their fields. Programs in natural resources and sciences are nationally known, while visual and performing arts are also popular areas of study. Throughout the curriculum, students find a long-standing commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Humboldt State is surrounded by one of the most beautiful natural environments in the world—with ancient redwood forests, pristine coastline and wild rivers.

Application instructions:

Submit your application by email to:
Subject Line: University Library (Job #7227)
Submit by mailing application materials to:

University Library (Job #7227)
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Phone: 707-826-3441

LSSIII - Evening/Weekend Coordinator Wanted

Join the fabulous staff at the Humboldt State University Library!

This Library Services Specialist III position provides supervision of library oprations and services to students and faculty during evening and weekend hours. 

Read the job announcement and complete the application process by March 2, 2018.

Library Cafe becomes the Fencing Cafe on Saturdays!
Take a stab at the new HSU Fencing Cafe on Saturdays 11am-2pm

The Library Cafe turns into the HSU Fencing Cafe on Saturdays from 11am-2pm, with bagels, cream cheese, and coffee provided by the HSU Fencing Club!

Come find out about this fun club and enjoy some refreshments!

Student Lunch & Learn 2/13
Student lunch & learn Tuesday February 13 12-2pm in Scholars Lab

This pizza-fueled event is designed to provide an open space for students to share their Canvas, Library, and Learning Center experiences. Come learn more about available student resources and Canvas LMS features in student-led mini workshops.  There will be free pizza, prizes, and raffles, including a chance to win a pair of Beats Solo 3 headphones.

Happening Tuesday, February 13th from 12-2pm in the HSU Scholars Lab on the 3rd floor of your Library.

100th SkillShop added to Calendar!
Getting Started with Inkscape February 20th 4-4:50pm in Library 121

Your Library and campus partners offer 50-minute FREE workshops in various categories to introduce and develop skills in important areas for student success.  Go to the SkillShops calendar to see what's there and take advantage of this great opportunity!

Tim Miller's How to Design: Create Buttons with Inkscape is the 100th SkillShop submitted this semester but it's not the last to be offered so check the calendar often.  Upcoming SkillShops include numerous Peer Health Education subjects like Making Friends, dealing with stress, sex ed, healthy eating on a budget, and moreACAC offers help with resumes, interviews, and job searchingCAPS offers numerous ways to handle anxiety, conflicts, and finding focus. Librarians are offering help with research skills, building a time budget, questioning authority, and understanding financial credit.

There is a SkillShop for everyone and they are only 50 minutes and free!  Read more about SkillShops, including how to become a Skilled Learner and earn a certificate.


Do I have to buy my textbook?
Textbooks at the bookstore

Thanks to the outstanding work of Access Services, students shopping at the campus bookstore can check to see if the Library carries their textbooks on reserve before making a purchase. Students will see a QR code attached to textbooks that the Library carries. Students can use their smartphone to scan the QR code to see a list of all of the textbooks available on reserve at the HSU Library.

Textbooks on Reserve is a program that allows HSU students to borrow a textbook from the Library for two hours at a time. The students can complete the necessary reading and then return the book at no charge. This enables students to complete their assigned readings without encumbering expensive textbook costs.

To see if your textbooks are on reserve at the Library, visit the Course Reserves page to see a list of the courses for which the Library carries the course materials.  

Evaluation of temporary librarians
The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the evaluation of the following temporary librarians:
  • Kelly Hangauer: College of Professional Studies Librarian
  • Lucy Ingrey: Infromation Resources Librarian
  • Garrett Purchio: Special Collections & Archives Project Librarian
  • Kimberly Stelter: First Year Experience Reference & Instruction Librarian
If you have experience working with these librarians, the LFPC welcomes your feedback. You may contact us in one of two ways:
  • Submit written comments addressed to: Library Faculty Personnel Committee, Library, Humboldt State University, One Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521Deadline: 3pm
    Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
  • Email the Committee at​: lfpc@humboldt.eduDeadline: 3pm, Wednesday February 28, 2018 (please include “Feedback on [Librarian Name] in the subject line.)


Fukiko Oguchi Marshall Reception

PINK PETAL SKY, a vibrant acrylic triptych, is now on display in our Helen Everett Reading Room on the 2nd floor of the Library. We will celebrate this new installation with Fukiko Oguchi Marshall on Tuesday, January 30 from 3-5pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Fukiko Oguchi Marshall is a longtime resident of Humboldt County and is well known as the previous owner of several Japanese restaurants. She attended California College of Arts and Craft in Oakland in the 1960's. This artwork was recently on display at the Black Faun Gallery in Eureka. We'd like to thank the artist for loaning this wonderful artwork to the Library.

After this reception, please join us for the 4th annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in the Library Fishbowl from 5-7pm for the screening of Of Civil Rights And Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story.

To Catch the Rain Book Release

To Catch the Rain by Lonny Grafman will be the next release from HSU Press. The work chronicles communities around the world that have utilized local resources to harvest rain water. The book includes instructions and illustrations on how you too can become a rain harvester.


Lonny Grafman is a lecturer in the HSU Environmental Resources & Engineering Department. He describes To Catch the Rain on his Kickstarter page as, “a book for people looking to build a future together.”

Special Collections Grand Opening Today!

The HSU Library invites the campus and community to attend the grand opening of the new space for Special Collections. This event will take place on March 1st from 3-5pm on the third floor of the Library. Guest speakers, interactive presentations, guided tours, and other activities will mark the launch of this new space. Refreshments and food will be served outside of the room. All are welcome.

For additional information about the grand opening, contact Special Collections Librarian Carly Marino. Learn about one librarian's generous commitment to Special Collections that is making this new research space possible.  

Federal Resumes - Last Fall SkillShop on 12/14

Sign up now for the last SkillShop being offered this fall and learn how to navigate the complicated application process of federal jobs and internships.  Join Kristina Hunt from ACAC in Library 114 from 4-4:50pm on Thursday, December 14.

Scholarly Communications Student Assistant Position Available
Scholarly Communications Student Assistant Position available

The Library's Scholarly Communications Office seeks a student assistant for the management and format review of graduate theses. May also include work on Scholarly Communications and Humboldt State University Press related projects.

Must be meticulous and be able to work Independently.

Pay is $11 hour for 10 hours per week.

To apply, please submit:

  • Resume
  • Contact information for 2 references
  • Cover letter of less than a page addressing:
    • Why you are interested in the job
    • Your qualifications
    • How this job would benefit your academic or professional career

Send to by December 18, 2017.


Fred Korematsu Day - Jan. 30

HSU will observe the annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution with a documentary film OF CIVIL WRONGS & RIGHTS. The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion of the history of Japanese American World War II internment camps by Prof. Christina Accomando and Prof. Michihiro Clark Sugata on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 5pm in Library's Fishbowl.

The public is invited. Fred Korematsu was an average 23-year-old California native working as a shipyard welder. But when he refused to obey Executive Order 9066, which sent 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry into internment campus, he became something extraordinary -- a civil rights champion. This film follows Korematsu's story from the moment he first resisted confinement to the hard-won victory he finally achieved 39 years later, with the help of a new generation of Japanese-American activists seeking vindication and the assurance that such a terrible injustice would never occur again. This observance marks the state of California's decision in 2010 to designate January 30 as the annual anniversary honoring Korematsu for his lifelong fight for civil rights. In the years before Korematsu's death in 2005, he served on the Constitution Project's bipartisan Liberty and Security Committee. The project is a think tank that advocates rule of law and criminal justice programs.

Paws for Doggy Therapy
petting dog

Meet the teams from Therapy Dogs International bringing their wonderful dogs to campus for your enjoyment.  Take a break from studying or reward yourself after your final to relax with a retreiver, love a lab, hug a husky, or pet a pug.  They are here for you to enjoy!  Come to the Library Lobby on Monday, December 11 from 1-2:30pm or Tuesday, December 12 from 6:30-8pm.

Hour of Code This Week!

Join Tim Miller in the Scholars Lab on the Library's 3rd floor Monday-Friday, December 4-8, at 5pm to celebrate the global Hour of Code.  From the basics of coding to creating video games and virtual reality, every night will be a different project. Food and drinks will be provided to help you stay motivated at this busy time of the year.

  • Monday, 12/4: Learn the basics of building websites with HTML & CSS
  • Tuesday, 12/5Learn the basics of JavaScript, a useful programming language for the Web
  • Wednesday, 12/6: Code Playgrounds and creating your own website or web app
  • Thursday, 12/7: Learn how to create 3D models using Tinkercad
  • Friday, 12/8: Creating in 3D for the web using A-frame
Apply to be an Intern in Special Collections!
Students working in the Humboldt Room

The Library's Special Collections invites current students to submit an application for the Humboldt State University Library Scholar Internship. This internship offers students an opportunity to work with the Humboldt Room and Redwood National Park to gain valuable experience processing collections, creating finding aids, and designing both physical and digital exhibits. Applications are due December 15 for the spring semester.

Wildlife Senior Student Posters 12/7
Wildlife Senior Student Poster Session

Come see what interesting research the senior wildlife students conducted!  Posters will be displayed outside the Fishbowl on the 2nd floor from 4-6pm on Thursday, December 7th.  Cookies and refreshments will be served.

Nosferatu at the Library
Nosferatu film poster

Get into the Halloween spirit and join us on Thursday, October 26 from 5-6:40pm in the Library Fishbowl (2nd floor) for a free showing of Nosferatu.