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Services for Faculty

The following information contains links to Cal Poly Humboldt Library services and resources important to faculty in their instruction and research.

Information Literacy Instruction

Work with a librarian to design the best level of instruction for your course:

  • Basic research skills introduction
  • Course-integrated instruction
  • Special topics workshops

While some library instruction can be conducted in a one-time class meeting, librarians are available to meet with your class over multiple sessions throughout the semester/research process. All library instruction must be contextualized with a specific assignment the students will be completing for the course.

Librarians will work with faculty to develop Research Guides as well as instructional materials for use in face-to-face or online/hybrid courses. We welcome faculty feedback on our guides and would love to collaborate on making updates and creating new guides.

Please use this form to request librarian assistance in collaborating on classroom instruction, integrating library resources into Canvas, using primary source material in your course, using Zotero, and providing Library instruction. A wide range of asynchronous Canvas SkillShops are available for you to integrate into your course.

Course Reserves

Request or submit course materials for your classes using the Course Reserves Request form. Instructors can use InterLibrary Loan to request textbook chapters/sections that meet fair use copyright restrictions. The Accessibility Resource Center provides ATI processing of digital documents such as PDFs.

This is a great opportunity to support affordable learning options for your students.

Collection Development
Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) such as open textbooks and lesson plans are a more sustainable way to include content in your course. They can help lower your students' costs and provide a forum for collaboration between colleagues and institutions. By using content that can be adapted and improved upon, you are participating in and contributing to the knowledge base in your discipline.

Visit our OER Guide and the Affordable Learning Solutions link above to find resources for your classes or help us by recommending your favorite. Working on your own OER? Share with us so that we can promote your work!

Affordable Learning Solutions

The CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative is designed to enable faculty to choose and provide quality educational content that is more affordable for their students.


Each semester, the Cal Poly Humboldt Library offers workshops designed to strengthen students' research skills and use of online tools as part of the campus-wide SkillShops program. Faculty and instructors can encourage student attendance at Library workshops, and even offer credit for students that attend a workshop (proof of attendance available to students upon request).

Share the in-person SkillShops Calendar with your students or the Online SkillShops as opportunities for learning. Online SkillShops can also be added as assigments in your Canvas course.

Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery
  • OneSearch - search the combined CSU Catalog of all 23 libraries and request items using the built-in interlibrary loan system.
  • Database links - most databases available in Articles and Databases include linking at the article level to an interlibrary loan form if the article is not available locally.
Library Media

Includes directions for reserving videos/DVDs for classroom instruction.

Loan Periods

The loan period for books and other materials vary. A current campus ID card must be presented at the Checkout Desk for all checkouts. Interlibrary Loan service, as well as remote access to our licensed databases, are available to Cal Poly Humboldt faculty.


In addition to presentations and poetry readings that are scheduled throughout the year, the Cal Poly Humboldt Library hosts annual events which faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to attend.

The annual Cal Poly Humboldt Authors Celebration honors campus authors for their scholarship and creative work, including published articles, books, book chapters, special issues of journals, substantive encyclopedia entries, poetry, musical compositions, audio recordings, film/video recordings, and art exhibition catalogs. A bibliography  will be compiled annually. Any member of the Cal Poly Humboldt community, including authors themselves, may submit the names of faculty, staff, students, and alumni using this form.

The Cal Poly Humboldt Authors Hall, a circulating collection of books, CDs, and DVDs, is located in the Helen Everett Reading Room on the Library’s second floor. Copyright permitting, articles and other digital works may be added to Humboldt Digital Scholar.