Services for K-12

Area K-12 students and teachers are welcome to make use of University Library collections for their scholarly and research needs, as well as tour the library as part of an introduction to college life. The Library's general collection includes books, newspapers, multimedia materials and online sources and the juvenile book collection includes fiction, non-fiction and picture books. The library has an excellent collection of primary and secondary source materials that are not available to K-12 students in other venues.


Groups wishing to have a tour of the library must contact Kaitlin Springmier at 707-664-3542 or and schedule a tour in advance. Tours must be scheduled at least one week in advance. Library tours take approximately 30 minutes, and work best for groups of 25 or less. Many groups enjoy combining a library tour with a tour of the SSU campus, and folks wanting the latter should contact SSU Group Tours at 707-664-3020

Accessing Information

Check OneSearch to discover what materials are in the University Library. You can search the entire catalog, or limit your search to the Juvenile collection. From within the library, K-12 students and teachers have access to over 100 different online databases, including current magazines, historic newspapers, primary sources and reference works. Off-campus access to these resources is not available.

Reference and Research Assistance

K-12 classes with group research projects are welcome to use library resources, and their teachers are required to call in advance for information on accessing the collections and obtaining research instruction or assistance. Contact Kaitlin Springmier at 707-664-3542 or kaitlin.springmier@sonoma.eduto schedule any sessions. K-12 students in the library individually are welcome to ask for help at the Information/Checkout Desk on the second floor. Research Help staff will assist students in finding resources and make suggestions for further research, but will not complete assignments for the students.

Borrowing books and other materials

Any current California K-12 teacher (public or private) is eligible for a community borrower card at no charge.

To apply please provide:

  • a current school identification card or proof of employment (examples: current pay stub; letter from principal)
  • a current California's driver's license or California identification card.

Cards are valid for one (1) year.