For Faculty

Placing Materials on Reserve

Placing materials on reserve can ensure that all students in your class have access and help to lower the cost of course materials to students. You can place print or media items on reserve for two-hour, four-hour, or one-day loan periods. Reserve items can be Library resources or your personal materials.

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. The Library’s Collection Development Policy details our policies and priorities about selection and deselection.

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. 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. Meeting with your liaison is a great way for both of you to keep apprised of the latest changes in resources, services, and curricula and to discuss collaboration opportunities or other needs and concerns.

Teaching Research Skills

The Library’s instruction program integrates information literacy throughout the curriculum and contributes to students’ lifelong learning. Schedule a Library instruction session with one of our librarians to teach information literacy concepts and research skills. We’ll design a customized class session for your course and/or assignment(s) and host you in our Library instruction computer classrooms.

We can also consult with you on building information literacy concepts throughout your curriculum and designing research assignments as well as recommend additional instructional materials. Please contact Kaitlin Springmier, Instruction & Learning Assessment Librarian or your Library liaison.

Teaching Online

The Library provides online access to many electronic resources, including databases, newspapers, journals, magazines, e-books, and streaming video. If you are interested in using particular electronic resources in class, please contact your Library liaison to ensure the Library has accurate access rights.

We also offer online research help services and online instruction to help your students through the research process.

Highlighting 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 SSU faculty, staff, and students. Putting your work in ScholarWorks is a great way to make it accessible to readers and other researchers.
  • Our Special Collections—including documents, photographs, correspondence, and ephemera related to the region north of San Francisco—support learning, scholarship, and community interests. Some of our material is available in our North Bay Digital Collections. Your research might have a home here! Contact specialcollections@sonoma.edu for more information.
  • If you have a recent publication you would like the library to acquire, contact your Library liaison.

Borrowing from the Library

SSU faculty may check out most books for one year. New books and some specialized collections may have a shorter loan period. Items may be renewed once online through OneSearch, or by bringing items to the Information/Check-out Desk.

If you'd like to arrange for someone else to borrow materials on your behalf, fill out our Proxy Borrower Agreement.

Borrowing from Other Libraries

SSU users can access materials from other libraries through two services: CSU+ and Interlibrary Loan. CSU+ allows you to borrow books and media from all of the California State University libraries, with fast delivery, no late fees, and borrowing periods up to 60 days. All CSU libraries’ collections are available in OneSearch; easily place requests directly by clicking the Request from CSU Libraries link. CSU+ also allows you to check out materials in person from any CSU library with your SSU ID.

Interlibrary Loan provides access to articles, books, media, and more from libraries around the world when those items aren’t available via the CSU system. ILL is the only way to request articles and single book chapters, which are delivered electronically, usually within 24 hours.

Using ARTstor

The Library subscribes to ARTstor, which provides instructor privileges to create and share slide shows with your students.