For Faculty

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 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 want to introduce your first-year students to library resources or guide your upper-division students through advanced research skills. 

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 request a library session using our online form. A librarian will get in touch with you to schedule your session and work with you to make sure our instruction meets your students' needs. 

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, Seawolf ID, and student ID number. Please email these rosters to Julie Dinkins (

Please contact Hilary Smith ( for questions about how students can access resources and services remotely.

Booking a Group Viewing Room

The Library has two 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.

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 Emeritus) may check out books for one year. Media may be checked out for 30 days. 

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

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


The Library subscribes to ARTstor, which provides instructor privileges to create and share slide shows with your students. Visit the ARTstor Instructor Account request form to obtain instructor privileges. If you have any questions, contact the Arts & Humanities Liaison, Laura Krier (


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 that can be checked out, for multiple copies of an item, or for class handouts.