Services for Faculty & Staff

The library offers resources and services for faculty and staff. We look forward to partnering with you to help our students succeed in their research assignments. Please use the links below or contact the library with any questions.

Customized Library Instruction

Library instruction gives students the tools they need to get started on an assignment, develop their research skills, and feel more comfortable with the research process. If you are assigning your students a project involving research, librarians are available to visit your class and provide customized instruction on a variety of topics including:

  • Getting started, where to look for information
  • Recommended sources by subject
  • Finding articles and navigating library databases
  • Finding materials in the physical library, using the library catalog
  • Evaluating sources
  • Bibliographies and citations

If you would like to schedule a session, please contact us at at least one week prior to your preferred session date.  Please include dates, times, department and number, and any syllabi or pertinent assignments.  See the bottom of this page for a sample of the instruction modules. 

Customized Research Guides

Please see our LibGuides website for customized research guides. Library staff can create a customized webpage to point your students toward course and/or assignment-specific resources. Please email to request a research guide.

Reserves and eReserves

You may put items on reserve in the library for your students to use. This can include copies of old exams, articles, books, videos or anything else. Typically, items on reserve are used in the library or checked out for a short period of time. Contact library staff to place an item on reserve. In addition to assistance preparing reserves, library staff are available to answer copyright and fair use questions. 

More information on reserves.

Faculty/Staff Research

While the Colleges’ library collection supports freshman/sophomore level research, we provide support for faculty research through the UW System collections and interlibrary loan.  As part of the UW Colleges and UW System, you have access to a wide range of comprehensive databases (Lexis-Nexis, MLA, Web of Science, etc). Many of these databases offer full-text articles and can support advanced research. You can find a database in our A-Z list or by subject. Feel free to contact a librarian if you cannot find the resource you need.

Request materials to be added to the collection using this form.

Faculty/Staff Borrowing

Material Loan Periods and Overdue Fines


Loan Period

Fine if overdue


1 semester with 3 renewals for 1 semester each



14 days with 1 renewal for 14 days



DVDs and VHS

14 days with 1 renewal for 14 days



14 days with 1 renewal for 14 days



1-hour library use only (1 hour grace) with 1 renewal



1-day (overnight) with 1 renewal for 1 day



3-day with 1 renewal for 3 days



7-day with 1 renewal for 7 days


Resource Sharing
(Items borrowed from 4 years)

1 semester with 3 renewals for 1 semester each


Lost Items

All items are considered lost and billable after 28 days past due date. There will be a $100 fine for each lost item. Arrangements can be made to replace lost item with an EXACT replacement purchased by the faculty member.

Faculty Publications

See faculty publications here. Search for your publications here.

Request for Purchase

Please use the purchase request form. If you have a suggestion for an addition to our library collection, please let us know.

Instruction Modules

Librarians are available to collaborate and assist with assignment design and instruction on research strategies. The modules listed below provide a sample of the various types of instruction sessions librarians routinely teach. An instruction session may incorporate more than one module as time permits. Instruction sessions are tailored to your course and class assignment - we recommend one week's notice for preparation of each session.


Create a Research Plan (20 minutes)
• Select an appropriate research topic 
• Develop a strategy for gathering information 
• Identify key words and concepts 

How to Use the Catalog and Find a Book (25 minutes)
• Perform effective author, title, subject and keyword searches 
• Utilize advanced search features 
• Manage "My Account" and place interlibrary loan requests 

How to Use Databases and Find Articles (40 minutes)
• Identify appropriate databases for a research topic 
• Access and navigate general databases 
• Locate and retrieve an appropriate journal article >
• Understand and apply Boolean logic, limits, and other advanced search tools 
• Differentiate index from full-text databases 

Using the Web for Research (30 minutes)
• Discuss and evaluate a variety of Web tools 
• Identify the most effective applications for each type of tool 
• Create effective search strategies 
• Evaluate web sites 

Applied Critical Thinking (30 minutes)
• Distinguish between different types of resources. Examples will include a scholarly journal, a trade magazine, a popular press book, and a monograph. 
• Learn what criteria should be applied to information and information filters such as books, web sites, article indexes and other reference sources 
• Apply criteria to actual information sources. 

Specialized Instruction

Librarians are ready to collaborate with faculty to design an instruction session that meets the needs of your students.
Examples include:
• How to find and use government information 
• Preparing an annotation 
• Biographical research
• Designing and building surveys using Qualtrics

Also available:
• Hands-on research time (partial or full class period) to allow a class to begin their research with the assistance of one of the librarians 
• Individual consultation to provide one-on-one assistance for independent research.