For Students

The Library's services are impacted by building construction projects. Please visit our blog post, HSU Library Fall 2021 Services & Welcome Back for an overview and updates on current services.

This page contains links to HSU Library services of special interest to students.

Textbooks on Reserve

Borrow your textbook from the library and save money! Check the Course Reserves list by class or instructor to see if the library has it. If you don't see your class listed, ask your professor to place the textbook on reserve.   Read more about this valuable program at


SkillShops are free, co-curricular workshops facilitated by staff, faculty and students across campus. Each Skillshop is 50-minutes and helps you explore, create, and innovate with topics related to personal, professional, and academic success. Check out the SkillShops & Programs Calendar to register or to see the dates and times of current offerings or select from a number of more advanced and specialized Online Skillshops!

Research Help

Ask a Librarian - Although the physical location is closed, Reference Librarians are still available to help with your research projects and assignments. 

Books and Media - Start by looking for materials at HSU in the HSU Library Catalog.  The catalog has close to a million records for all types of materials that you have access to immediately, not just books, but video, electronic books, magazines and more. 

HSU Theses - The Library Catalog has over 3500 HSU theses produced since 1950. You can browse by degree and/or enter a subject or title keyword or phrase, author or year. Results can be sorted by author, title or year. Most theses from Fall 2005 are available fulltext in Humboldt Digital Scholar.

Interlibrary Loan - If you don't find what you're looking for through HSU Library, you're not out of luck. We can help you find materials from other CSU libraries and libraries throughout the world and it’s free to make a request! OneSearch searches the combined CSU Catalog of all 23 libraries and request items using the built-in interlibrary loan system. For anything else you can’t find through the CSU Libraries log in to InterLibrary Loan and make a request!

Information Management - A critical part of the student research process is keeping track of references (citations)—journal papers, books, web pages, images, quotations, etc.—that support your research so that you can properly cite them in your work using a required publication style. Zotero is the recommended reference management tool for HSU students. Check out the SkillShops Calendar to see if a free workshop will be offered to get you started with Zotero.

Humboldt Digital Scholar - Add a digital copy of your completed thesis to Humboldt's growing collection of institutional scholarship. Increase its visibility worldwide. See Getting Started with Humboldt Digital Scholar.

Learning Center/Writing Studio

The Learning Center, located on the first floor, south, offers free tutoring for engineering, math, science, and general subjects. They also run the Writing Studio, providing free writing support for HSU students at any stage of the writing process and the Supplimental Instruction (SI) program to help you succeed.

Loan Periods
Loan periods for books and other materials vary.   A current HSU ID card must be presented at the Checkout Desk for all checkouts.  Interlibrary Loan and Hold/Recall services, as well as remote access to our licensed databases are available to HSU students.
Journals and Magazines
The HSU library offers you access to well over 70,000 journals and magazines and the vast majority are online, electronic only.  If you know of a title that you want to see, use our Journal Finder to look up a title or browse by subject categories.

If you are looking for articles on a subject or topic, use OneSearch or select one of our specialized databases from our Articles and Databases pages.  Most journals and magazines are available in full text online, but if you see a link to Find It @ HSU, click it.  The Find It @ HSU service links all of our full text electronic journals together and automatically connects you to Interlibrary Loan when we don't have a subscription.


In addition to presentations and poetry readings that are scheduled throughout the year, the HSU Library hosts annual events which faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to attend and be participants,

The annual HSU Authors Celebration honors HSU 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 Humboldt State University community, including authors themselves, may submit the names of faculty, staff, students, and alumni using this form.

The HSU 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.

ideaFest is a showcase of research and creative projects that you can participate in each April. More than 300 students, faculty, & staff from HSU present their research, performances, digital projects, and more! Your research can also be published in Humboldt Digital Commons or the ideaFest Journal.