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Faculty Center

The Faculty Center at Sonoma State is an inviting space where faculty are welcome to explore innovative teaching and learning practices supported by instructional technology specialists. Activities include educational technology workshops, SSU Learning Community events, self-service test scanning, screencast recording, and more. The Library works closely with the Faculty Center to support teaching and research at Sonoma State University. 

Placing Materials on Reserve

You may choose to place materials on reserve in order to ensure that all students in your class have access. You can place print materials or media items on reserve, for two-hour, four-hour, or one-day loan periods. You can place Library items or your personal materials on reserve.

Please complete our Library Reserve Materials form to place items on reserve.

If you'd like to suggest that we add something to our collection, you can suggest a purchase online or email your library liaison.

Contact Your Liaison

Your Library liaison is your primary contact to discuss the Library's collections and the Library instruction and research needs of your students. Meeting with your liaison is a great way for both of you to keep apprised of the latest changes in resources, services, and curriculum, to discuss collaboration opportunities or other needs and concerns, or to let us know about your new publications.

  • Personal updates: Your liaison can meet with you or your department, in your office or in the Library, to conduct personalized training on new databases, talk about new resources, and answer your questions or concerns.
  • What's New: Keep up to date with the Library by subscribing to our biannual newsletter. 

Library Instruction Program

The Library has built a robust instructional program to ensure student success. At every stage of a student's academic career at SSU an experienced librarian instructor is your partner in helping students acquire critical thinking and information skills. You can bring your students to the Library classroom for a range of different activities, whether you teach freshmen and would like a tour or Library orientation or you're advising upper-division students how to do advanced research in their major.

The Library Instruction Program also includes online learning modules. We offer tutorials, videos, and other digital learning objects that can be embedded in Moodle.

We welcome opportunities to work with you to craft the right Library Instruction for your class. Find out more about our Library Instruction Program and get in touch with our Instruction and Assessment Librarian, Felicia Kalker or our First-Year Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Caitlin Plovnick.

Teaching a Distance Education Class

Please read (and ask your students to read) our Information for Distance Learners to see what services we can offer.

In order to provide services to your students, we need you to send us a current roster of students enrolled in your courses at the beginning of each term. The rosters should include for each student: name, address, current email address, phone number, last 4 digits of SSN, and student ID number. Please email these rosters to Julie Dinkins (

Please contact Nicole Lawson ( for questions about how students can access resources and services remotely.

Booking a Group Viewing Room

The Library has three group viewing rooms available for you and your students to watch movies and other media together. Rooms can be reserved online or by phone at 707-664-2375. A key is required to access the rooms, and they can be used for up to four hours.

Moodle and Library Resources

Moodle is a great way to share Library resources with your students. You can link directly to electronic articles and ebooks, point students to print resources in the Library, and even provide a Library search box or links to specific databases.

Check out our how-to guide, Library Resources: 10+ ways to use them in Moodle. You must be logged in to Moodle to view the guide. You can also find it by looking in the My Courses section of Moodle, from the left-hand menu.

For more information, please contact Paula Hammett (

Moodle and Library Instruction

The Library Instruction Program has also created standalone, adaptable information literacy modules you can import directly into your own Moodle course. For information about this service, please contact Felicia Kalker  (

Your Research

The Library provides numerous ways to publish or showcase your research. We want to work with you to make your work accessible and discoverable.

  • SSU ScholarWorks is SSU's digital repository designed to preserve and make publicly available the research, creative works, and output of Sonoma State University. Putting your work in ScholarWorks is a great way to make it accessible to readers and other researchers.
  • Our digital collections of documents and photographs related to the region north of San Francisco supports learning, scholarship, and community interests. Your research might have a home here! Contact us at for more information.

Borrowing from the Library

SSU faculty (tenured, tenure-track, temporary, and Extended Education) may check out books for one semester. All items are due back August 31 or January 31, depending on the semester it was checked out. Emeritus faculty are entitled to the regular 28-day loan period.

Items may be renewed once online through your Library Account, or by bringing items to the Info/Check-out Desk. Faculty are subject to the same fines as other borrowers.

Books are subject to recall after 28 days. Recall notices will be sent to your SSU email account.

If you'd like to arrange for a proxy borrower, fill out our Proxy Borrower Agreement.


The Library subscribes to ARTstor, which provides instructor privileges to create and share slide shows with your students. Please contact Nicole Lawson ( to obtain instructor privileges. Visit the ARTstor Instructor Account request form to obtain instructor privileges.


Faculty needing photocopies from non-circulating items (journal articles or reference books, for example) may use the Library's faculty copier for single copies at no charge. Please don't use this copier for items to can be checked out, for multiple copies of an item, or for class handouts.