Closed for Veterans Day
Honoring those who served Veterans Day - we will be closed Monday, Nov. 12th

The library is closed for Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, 2018.

Global Cafe takes you to France!
flyer for Global Cafe: France

Come hear a presentation from a French student about their perspective of studying in the United States, cultural differences between France and United States, and some information about France. The presentation will end with a Q&A session, allowing the audience to ask about anything that is related to France.  Event starts at 5pm on Wednesday, November 7 in the Library Fishbowl, 2nd floor.

Halloween Painted Rocks
67 rocks painted with Halloween themes

The Library's Rock'n HSU group has painted rocks and is putting them out (in plain sight - no need to move anything!) around the library on Monday and Tuesday. Find a rock, take it to the 3rd floor office with a pumpkin on the door, and show for a Halloween treat on Wednesday from 7:30am-4pm.  One rock per person and one treat per rock, please!  Goodies are also available to anyone finding a "Rock'n HSU" rock this semester and members of the Rock'n HSU FB group!

Campus & Community Dialogue on Race 10/29-11/2
Campus & Community Dialogue on Race October 29-November 2, 2018

The Campus & Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is celebrating its 20th year as an annual event that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. The objective is to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change. This year's Dialogue will run from October 29 – November 2, 2018, and will highlight Denice Frohman, an award-winning queer Latinx poet, educator, performer, and speaker on Monday, October 29.  

See the full schedule of events and the poster for more information.

Animated Gif Contest!
Flyer for Animated Gif Contest

The HSU Library is hosting an animated gif contest. Participate by following these steps:

  1. Take the SkillShops on Finding Historic Photos and Making Animated Gifs (offered several times in October)
  2. Submit an original gif using an image from Special Collections
  3. Win a fabulous prize!

Deadline: 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 30th

How to enter: Submit* your gif to Teaching and Learning Librarian Garrett Purchio at by the deadline. Include the name of the collection that you retrieved the image from, as well as the photo ID number. Winner(s) will be notified by email on Friday, November 2nd.

*By submitting to this contest, you agree to give the HSU Library permission to use your gif on its website, social media, and other platforms.

2018 Indigenous Peoples Week
2018 Indigenous Peoples Week Oct. 8th thru Oct. 12th

ITEPP, INRSEP, NAS, and other campus departments present 2018 Indigenous Peoples Week October 8-12 with films, panel discussions, open houses and more.  See the schedule for more information.

Navigating Professionalism
flyer for Skillshop

This professioal development presentation is facilitated by the Interim Dean of Students, Christine Mata, and Interim Assistant Dean of Students, Roger Wang for student staff and others. Come learn how to manage up, not lose yourself in a job, and much more.

Attend a SkillShop Online!
Online SkillShops

SkillShops are available on Canvas!

Want to be part of something inspiring?
photo of library exterior

HSU Library is committed to its mission of connecting people and ideas, supporting research and scholarship, and inspiring learning through discovery, inquiry, and creativity. HSU Library joins and leads the evolution of university libraries to support research and scholarship with collaborative workspaces, access to equipment and technology, digital publishing, internships, workshops, and a variety of services. Building creative learning environments and curating meaningful experiences is essential to student success and for a sustainable intellectual and entrepreneurial culture.

For more information about HSU Library, flip through our Annual Report (pdf).  Why Humboldt? Discover Yourself at Humboldt State.

HSU Library invites applications for three excellent librarian positions at Humboldt State University:

First review is November 16th.  Apply today to join this innovative and exciting team!


World Cafe on the Future of Community Media
Access Humboldt

Come to the Authors Hall, Library 2nd Floor on Wednesday, October 3 from 4-5:30pm to have a conversation about community media, local news, and information.

What is the future of Community Media?

This World Cafe conversation seeks a better understanding of your interest in community information and use of media outlets. Where do you find local information or news? What is the impact of social media and news syndication on local news? What role do you have in local information; reader, listener, viewer or writer, videographer, community journalist?

Access Humboldt, a non-profit community media organization serving Humboldt County has initiated a strategic planning process that includes a community needs assessment, and the HSU Library planning process is similarly interested in this discussion because it informs our information literacy, digital literacy, and L4HSU educational programming. Please join us to help shape the services that meet your needs today and tomorrow.

Light refreshments will be available.

Visit Japan from the Library Fishbowl!
Global Cafe - Japan

Want to know more about Japan and enjoy free food? Join us for the next Global Cafe on Thursday, October 4 from 5-6pm in the Library Fishbowl

Brought to you by HSU Clubs & Activities, Associated Students, and the HSU Library.

Next stop - France on Wednesday, November 7th at 5pm.


Proposals for CDOR 2018
Denice Frohman

The Campus/Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is an annual event at Humboldt State University that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. Our objective is to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change. This year's Dialogue will run from October 29 – November 2, 2018.

Students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to present a workshop or to facilitate a discussion. Submit your proposals online at by Thursday, September 27th at 4pm.

Questions? Contact the CDOR Planning Team at

Global Cafe takes you to England!
Global Cafe Fun Facts about England

The Global Cafe is back! This first trip takes you to England where you'll learn fun facts and enjoy free food!

Come to this event on Wednesday, September 19 from 4-5pm in the Library Fishbowl

Sponsored by HSU Clubs & Activities and Associated Students and catered by Dining Services.

Next stop - Japan on Thursday, October 4 from 5-6pm!
The trip to France is scheduled for November 7th at 5pm..



CNRS/INRSEP Undergraduate Scientific Research Symposium
poster for symposium

Please join us on Friday, September 28 from Noon-4pm, 2nd floor of the Library, for an afternoon of scientific research presentations by undergraduate students in the College of Natural Resources & Sciences.

  • 12-2pm - Poster presentations and casual conversation with each student presenter
  • 2-4pm - Oral presentations in the Library Fishbowl 

Research topics may include:

  • Greenhouse gas fluxes
  • Sudden oak death
  • Sturgeon DNA
  • Leaf litter in forests
  • Water infiltration rates
  • Climate issues
  • and more...

Hosted by the College of Natural Resources and Sciences, INRSEP (Indian Natural Resources, Science and Engineering Program), and the University Library.

After Hours Study Space Available!
map of after hours study space in NHE 113

After a successful pilot project in Spring 2018, Nelson Hall East will continue to be open through the night for after-hours studying, from 10pm - 7:30am.  Please check out this space for your late night studying needs!


What's on the Menu?
Choose your instruction menu

Check out our new Library Instruction Menu! This is a guide to planning and making instruction requests for a librarian to visit your class.

Step 1: Choose How Much Time You Have For Library Instruction
Step 2: Choose Your Learning Outcomes to Customize a Lesson or Choose from Our Library Instruction Options
Step 3: Visit To Make Your Instruction Request

Each session is customizable and can include pre-classroom assignments for heightened impact!

Fall Library Newsletter Now Available
image of top of Fall 2018 Library Newsletter

Read the latest Library Newsletter and learn about SkillShops, Brain Booth, ideaFest Journal, Textbooks on Reserve, Archive Interns, SpaceUse, Open Education, and Kindness Rocks, plus upcoming events! The Seismic Edition insert explains how the Library continues to improve, maps where offices have been moved, and invites you to Pints to Support the HSU Library at Redwood Curtain Brewery on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 5-9pm.

Where are They Now?
Campus Events Field Temporary Building Directory

Due to Library's Seismic Retrofit Project, many offices on the north and south ends of the building and in the basement have moved elsewhere in the building or out to the Campus Events Field this summer in anticipation of the work beginning this fall.  

The following departments have moved to the Campus Events Field:

The Tech Help Desk has moved from the 1st floor to Library 208 on the 2nd floor.  The computers from L122 have moved to the 2nd floor, near the center of the building.

Read more about this year-long project in our special edition Seismic Newsletter or on the webpage Library Seismic Retrofit Project and feel free to contact the Library Dean, Cyril Oberlander for more information.

Pints to Support the HSU Library
Pints to support the HSU Library Wed., Sept. 19, 2018 5-9pm Redwood Curtain Brewery 550 S G st. Arcata For every pint sold: $1 goes to supporting HSU Library, student internships, special collections, textsbooks on reserve, etc.

Come to the Redwood Curtain Brewery, 550 S. G Street, Arcata, for games, trivia, and more fun while raising money for the HSU Library's student internships, special collections, textbooks on reserve, and other services.  $1 of every pint sold will go to your library.  Activities start at 5pm on Wednesday, September 19th.

Seismic Retrofit Project Update

This fall semester, we mark the beginning of the construction for our much anticipated Seismic Retrofit Project. To accommodate the necessary structural work on the Library building, several programs currently in the Library are temporarily moving to the Campus Events Field as the final phase of the Seismic Retrofit Project starts this fall and wraps up in the Fall of 2019. The upcoming year of relocations are an opportunity to undergo required structural improvements and repairs and expand the footprint of the Library lower floor, providing spaces that more effectively serve the needs of the University. You can read more from Humboldt State Now: Major Construction, Relocation Coming to Campus.

What does all this mean? The following programs will be temporarily relocated and returning Fall 2019: Testing Center, Learning Center, Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC), Veterans Enrollment & Transition Services (VETS), Writing Studio, and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The map of the Campus Events Field is on back of this flyer, and more details available online at:

There will be some internal movements as well. The computer lab Library 121 will be relocated to Library 308, and the computers on the first floor in Library 122 will be moved to the second floor. Technology Help will temporarily move into Library 208, and the Research Help Desk will move into the Access Services Checkout Desk.

In addition to enhancing the strength and flexibility of the building, the Seismic Retrofit Project enlarges the lower floor of the Library, helping us to better meet the current needs of the University. The Youth Educational Services (Y.E.S.) and Academic and Career Advising Center (ACAC) will move into the Library building, and we are happy to be able to expand spaces for existing programs as well. In addition, Library 121 will be reconfigured to better meet the needs of faculty and students, and Library 308 will be converted to an active learning classroom in Fall 2019.

Directional signs in the Library will indicate the relocations, and we sincerely appreciate your patience, feedback, and suggestions. Although you may see fencing around the building, the path into the Library will always be open, and we will continue making this the welcoming and inclusive space you love for studying, collaboration, research, and creativity.

Lastly, please join us for the wonderful educational programs provided by the SkillShops, and various library events: Welcome Back Open House August 23rd from 3-5pm, and the HSU Authors Celebration February 14, 2019. While you are visiting, please stop by the Administration Office in Library 108, I am happy to share any updates and answer questions you may have about the Library. Have a wonderful 2018-2019 academic year!